Culture Night is a big part of the September schedule every year in the fair city of film, and normally this time of year we’d be flicking through the calendar for any and every bit of film-related fun to give you all the heads up for the evening. Culture Night 2020 will be offering a combo of live and online events to spread the joy and try to keep everyone safe and we have a quick guide of the film-related stuff you need to know.
The big one comes courtesy of Volta, one of Ireland’s big view on demand film platforms. To celebrate Culture Night 2020, they’re gifting a full seven nights of great Irish film with their Culture Night collection. From the 14th to the 20th of September, Irish audiences can enjoy seven Irish films which reflect Irish culture in different ways.
The films included in this special Culture Night collection are a collection of some of the best and most celebrated Irish fims in recent years, as you can see below:
One Million Dubliners
Song of Granite
The Irish Pub
An Engineer Imagines
Curious Works of Roger Doyle
All you have to do to watch these films for free this week is go to www.volta.ie/culturenight, enter the viewing code CULTURE20 and watch away.
That’s not the only online entertainment on offer. You can see films from Afghanistan, Austria and Spain from your own home courtesy of the kind of embassies, institutes and organisations that are always doing valuable work in Ireland crafting cross-cultural links.
Screen Ireland will present a programme of recent short films, “feel good films” which aim serve to remind us of how connected we all are. James Redmond’s doc Notes On Rave In Dublin will be made available to view online for the very first time. Following the screening, they’ll also be airing a panel discussion that took place back in 2017 before a rammed public screening back in Liberty Hall including Sunil Sharpe, Liam Dollard, Aoife Ni Canna, Francois Pittion and Kevin Barry sharing reflections with Kate Butler. In the spirit of the project, they’re also asking members of the public to share their own rave reminiscences, thoughts and memories.
A new generation of filmmakers will be encouraged thanks to a screening of Short Films by Young People from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. This selection is the result of a number of projects that took place between visual artist John Conway and young people in Ballybrack and Nutgrove Youth Services, with the support of Crosscare Youth Services and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office.
It’s a packed roster, so make sure to check out culturenight.ie/events/online for more online film events.