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From ‘what is Rosebud?’ to ‘what is the Matrix?’, film has a long tradition of using compelling questions to hook in audiences. An air of fascination and mystery, well harnessed, can be as strong a pull into theatre seats as any dazzling movie star or cutting-edge technology. But in our modern world, where more jaded viewers can have most of their questions answered at the press of a button – correctly or otherwise – and where the sheer saturation of information at all times means we are up to speed with all major media whether we ever intend to watch it or not, a new question is increasingly successful at hooking in potential movie viewers:


“What the fuck was that?”

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Director: Richie Smyth Starring: Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Jason O’Mara Runtime: 108 minutes

Netflix has recently added Irish gem The Siege of Jadotville to its collection. The film premiered at Galway Film Fleadh in September with a ceremony beforehand announcing that the ‘Jadotville Jacks’ were being honoured with a unit citation. Siege is a military-film with heart and humour, check it out next time you can’t find anything worthwhile on Netflix.

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If you’re one of the millions who loved Fifty Shades of Grey and have been anticipating the follow-up with bated breath, you’re in luck. The Fifty Shades Darker trailer has finally come to put you out of your misery. It is fantastically put together, giving hints of the film’s plot without giving too much away thus leaving the audience wanting more. The trailer features another slowed down version of ‘Crazy in Love’, this time performed by Miguel. Audiences can expect a dramatic follow-up to  Fifty of Shades of Grey as Anastasia seems to have decided the sub life isn’t for her and insists that if Grey wants her back there’s to be no sign of the infamous contract. Unfortunately, things seem to take a turn for Anastasia; she receives surveillance pictures of herself and is confronted by a woman who may be one of Grey’s former dalliances. The film is set to be more of a thriller than its predecessor, it will be interesting to see how this change in genre pans out. Filming apparently has yet to start so this is more of an extended teaser, which is perhaps fitting considering the NSFW nature of the Fifty Shades franchise.

Check the trailer out yourself here.

The film will hit Irish cinemas in February 2017, exact date TBD.


The Audi Dublin International Film Festival may have been and gone earlier this year, but the festival organisers are devoted to keeping its spirit going throughout the year. With that in mind, ADIFF has arranged for the stars and director of upcoming film Anthropoid to attend the film’s Irish premiere on Wednesday 31 August.

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