Dublin Will Be Written In My Heart will celebrate the city on Culture Night

Taking place on Friday 17th September, Culture Night 2021 invites us all to come together again, and there’s no shortage of film events for us to do just that. One we’re really excited for at Film In Dublin will be a screening of short films that put the fair city at their centre. ‘Dublin Will Be Written In My Heart’ will offer an evening of shorts celebrating Dublin in all its glory, beauty and blemishes.

The Circular Bar in Dublin 8 will be host to this night of two film programmes. Poet Hazel Hogan will be introducing proceedings with a spoken word performance ahead of the shorts, which include works familiar to those into the Irish film scene, including Richard Keaney, Colm Sexton, Gerard Walsh and more. Dublin Will Be Written In My Heart kicks off at the Circular from 6.45pm sharp on the 17th, with the second programme of shorts following at 8.45pm.


The performance of Hazel Hogan will set the scene for a night of art and artistry. From Dublin, Hogan’s poem ‘Grangegorman’ was on the recommended list to be studied as part of the Junior Cert syllabus. Her poetry was submitted into the Irish Poetry Reading Archive as part of the UCD digital library. She was selected to take part in the Dublin City of Literature project, Dublin: A Year in Words. She has been published on RTE and The Irish Times. She was recently awarded the Creative Arts Scholarship and Residency at the Tara Building. She is an editor of Two Meter Review Literary Journal.


Hazel Hogan, Dublin-based poet

The folks at Fillum, in association with video production company Cinetex, have programmed 20 films in total for the night, a mix of the lyrical, comedic, mellow and mediative to show the city from all angles. Tickets for this event are totally free, but advance booking is recommended to ensure you don’t miss out. You can secure your slot now HERE.
Check out the full programme of films showing at Dublin Will Be Written In My Heart, this September 17th, below:



Herbert Simms City by Paddy Cahill

During a massive housing crisis, Dublin Corporation Housing Architect Herbert Simms designed and oversaw the building of 17,000 new homes in Dublin City from 1932 to 1948.


Paddy Cahill was a documentary filmmaker primarily making visually striking films about art and architecture. Paddy passed away following a long illness in April 2021.  Herbert Simms City is screened with the kind permission of Paddy Cahill’s family. You can learn more about Paddy’s work at paddycahill.com


The Girl at the End of the Garden written by Rodney Lee /directed by Bonnie Dempsey

A slapstick comedy about an unhappy young girl whose life is turned upside-down when she finds a mysterious runaway with psychic powers in her back garden.


Tides written by Chloe Ni Dhuada directed by Zoe Kavanagh

Two strangers collide and converse about things that connect them – life, death, and air hockey.



Rambling Man written by Paul Murphy and directed by Colm Sexton


An old man reflects on his life in his home city of Dublin. As he traces his memories back to a childhood in Finglas, he observes the economic, technological and religious shifts in Ireland over the decades and finally contemplates his own demise.


Quarter Life Crisis written and directed by Claire Issartel

A Spanish tourist has a life crisis while she is visiting Dublin. She will meet some famous Irish writers who will help her.



Lockdown Upside Down written and directed by Barbara Soares

Starring Barbara Soares during Lockdown in Dublin – Ireland.




Land of Winter written and directed by Tommy Creagh

A lost young man staggers through Dublin’s cold streets desperately trying to find somewhere still serving on a dark winter’s night on the brink of snowfall.


Another Letter to Dublin written/performed by Meditations for the Anxious Mind and directed by Gerard Walsh

Satirical sketch about Dublin City.



Photon Wrangler directed by Christopher O’Sullivan

Street photographer Alex Hamilton discusses his relationship with the medium whilst documenting a post-COVID Dublin.



To the Island directed by Myles O’Reilly

A short film featuring lifelong partners Eddie and Elsie, an inspiring couple with wise words about life, love and dreams with a soundtrack of Crowded House’s latest song.




Getting In written by Ken Armstrong and directed by Richard Keaney

When his son is turned away from his favourite band’s gig for being underage, a father is committed to getting him in one way or another.



The Show Must Go On written and directed by John J Doherty

Characters from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake are let loose on the streets of Dublin where they fight, dream, lust and drink in equal comic measure though darkness is only a cup of tea away.


Rambling Man written by Paul Murphy and directed by Colm Sexton


An old man reflects on his life in his home city of Dublin. As he traces his memories back to a childhood in Finglas, he observes the economic, technological and religious shifts in Ireland over the decades and finally contemplates his own demise.



Light written and directed by Conor Tobin

A sick homeless man wanders around Dublin at night and has a transcendence under the city lights.

The Chancers’ Guide to Dublin written and directed by Ben O’Connor.

This charming brief history of Dublin was the winner of the 2020 Port Short Prize.


Warm for Winter directed by Matgorzata Kawolczwk-Nentwig

With the homeless crisis escalating in Dublin, one man’s simple gesture of kindness causes controversy, dividing opinions and causing a media frenzy around the world. Why did he start his initiative and what motivates him? And can an individual truly make an impact…?


Smoulder written by Fabian Oman and directed by  Emma Brennan

Dublin, 2018. In a milieu of ‘Occupy’-style political protest, two broken people connect.





Abducted? written and directed by William Morgan

Derek believes he was abducted by aliens. He believes they carried out experiments on his body. He believes they will return. He believes we are not alone. He believes they may have made him ‘super smart’. Do you believe Derek?!



Toxic Spirit Guide to Dublin written/performed by Meditations for the Anxious Mind

Meditations for the Anxious Mind (AKA Frankie McNamara) is a toxic spirit guide from parts unknown. Follow his instructions as he makes you fall in love with the dark underbelly of Dublin.


Up The Flats written and performed by Roxanna Nic Liam/Directed by Gerard Walsh

A look inside the Flats and how a community can pull together during challenging times.


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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