Exploring the art of film at the Ranelagh Arts Festival

Yesterday saw the beginning of the 2017 Ranelagh Arts Festival, a celebration of the arts in all their forms right in the heart of Dublin’s southside. Located right across from the Luas line at the Arts Centre in Ranelagh Village, the festival, now in its 7th year, has over the years featured local artists and musicians, performances by children from the area, poetry, plays, film, history and photography. Internationally recognised artists that have been part of Ranelagh Arts include Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, John Banville, Anne Enright, Anthony Cronin, Ken Doherty, Donal O’Sullivan and our the screen legend Maureen O’Hara. Running until the 8th of October, there are plenty of events to see and take part in, which you can read more about here, but we at Film In Dublin are happy to see Irish films and local talent being showcased over the next few days and wanted to make sure you knew about it too.

Starting tonight is the The Art of Film, as the Ranelagh Arts Festival celebrates the best of Irish short films that have attained measured success at national and international film festivals. Showcasing Ireland’s best film artists, the Art of Film will take place September 29th 2017 at Ranelagh Arts Centre from 8pm til 9.30pm. Featuring films praised at Cannes, Galway Film Fleadh and more it’s sure to be a great event, so eagerly anticipated that unfortunately, tickets are already sold out.

Thankfully tickets are still available for Lift, the award winning feature film debut of Conor Armstrong Sanfey. Lift will be showing at the Arts Centre this Sunday 1st of October The film stars acclaimed Irish actor Gerard McSorley and has screened in film festivals in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Donegal, Hastings, Chicago and Maryland. It tells the story of Sean, whose vicious attack leaves a man unconscious and him stranded in an elevator with five others. In the confines of the lift, where love has a chance of blossoming and violence has a chance of erupting – Sean has little chance of escape. With his freedom hanging in the balance can the people who fear him offer him one last chance of redemption?  The screening will conclude with a short Q and A with the filmmakers. Entry to this screening is 5 euros.

And as a bonus event on Monday 2nd of October, there will be a Cine-Cafe, as Howard Linnane presents an evening of short films, all showcasing home-grown talent. See details below:

An Unlikely Obsession (2016) writer/director Alan O’Donoghue; producer Molly Hughes – Creative Digital Media course final-year project, IT Tallaght

IFB shorts:

The Cherishing (2016) DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: Dave Tynan PRODUCER: Dave Leahy
When The Rising starts the local sweet shops are the first to be looted by Dubliners living in the tenements. Noel and Tom race off and leave their mothers and sisters at home but the havoc of the next few days will come right to everyone’s door.

Mr. Yeats and the Beastly Coins (2016) DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Ann Marie Hourihane, Laura McNicholas SCRIPT: Ann Marie Hourihan Ten years after the Easter Rising, in 1926, the Free State government decided to create a new coinage for the new state. They invited the most famous poet in the world, W.B. Yeats, to chair the design committee. This documentary tells the story .

Filleadh an Athair (The Return of the Father) (2015) DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: Tomasz Woszczynski PRODUCER: Richard Bolger A man gets out of prison to see his adult daughter. Shame, rejection, trouble with his family and his freedom ensues.

January Hymn (2015) DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: Katherine Canty PRODUCER Tanja Harney. A reflection on the intangible experience of grief, ‘January Hymn’ sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father’s death.

Rockmount (2015) DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: David Tynan PRODUCER: Michael Donnelly 1982, Cork. Roy is 11, small and sure he’s going to get on his club’s starting team. Even if no one else is.

Cutting Grass (2014) WRITER / DIRECTOR : Ruairi O’Brien & John Kennedy PRODUCER: Laura McNicholas It’s a hot summer and a young inner-city boy, Donal, is trying his hand at cutting lawns for pocket money. His luck changes when he meets Gerry.

How Was Your Day (2015) DIRECTOR: Damien O’Donnell PRODUCER: Emmaline Dowling SCRIPT: Written by Damien O’Donnell, adapting a short story by Nollaig Rowan A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child.

About Luke Dunne

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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