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The latest information is that cinemas will be open again at reduced capacity from June 7th. While news, reviews and events in the fair city of film remain a little thinner on the ground, Film In Dublin is still taking an occasional look at What’s On…The Shelf, taking a deeper dive in to some of the films in their personal collections. This time, Luke Dunne sings the praises of unjustly forgotten 90s family film, Mouse Hunt.

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In the most recent issue of our zine Pretty Deadly Films, illustrator Amy Lauren McGrath contributed an art piece on Scarface under our theme of ‘Reboots, Returns, Revivals’. Film In Dublin and Amy are now making a limited run of A4 prints of this piece available, with all proceeds going to support medical relief in Palestine.

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As we head into the summer, the enriching experiences of various arts and cultural festivals and events increasingly arrive on our radar. Hosting events online offers new possibilities, while many of us all also gumming for something in person, film or otherwise. The Carlow Arts Festival returns this June 2021, currently offering a combination of live, digital and virtual experiences.

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Traditionally, the Fastnet Film Festival takes place annually in Schull, County Cork, a selection of cinema under the shadow of Mount Gabriel. In May 2021, the festival will be delivered entirely online, with over 300 shorts from Ireland and abroad available to view completely free this week.

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Many a movie lover in the fair city of film is dying for the day when cinemas are back open again, but as we all know, a cinema is only as good as its programming. At the Light House Cinema in Smithfield and the Pálas in Galway, that selection is curated by Charlene Lydon, a genuine buff with a storied career and a fine eye for film. 

In the latest Movie Memories, Film In Dublin spoke with Charlene to get more info on her own background, the secrets to a good slate of cinema and her hopes for the future as the chance of a return to Screen 1 becomes an ever so slightly bright light projected on the end of a long, uncertain tunnel.

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The housing crisis is never far from the headlines in Ireland. It’s always worth remembering that it’s not just a political football, kicked backwards and forwards by our landlord leaders while they profit and profilgate. The housing crisis has ruined and cost far too many lives in Dublin and beyond, and a new short from filmmaker Eamonn Dillon highlights the depths of the difficulty people face under Ireland’s high risk of homelessness. Home Truths features hard-hitting real life interviews with victims of Dublin’s rental system and depicts the stark reality of the housing crisis in Ireland.

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One of the most underappreciated sci-fi films of the 21st century, the original Attack the Block was funny, frightening, frenetic and fresh on its release in 2o11. When we covered the film for the Breakout Role Podcast last year, we were struck by how current it still felt, and how immediately bright the star wattage of John Boyega shone. Now Boyega and co are returning to the block, with a sequel to the cult hit confirmed to be in development.

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