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A dynamic programme of contemporary Irish hip hop and R&B musicals is set to be one of the more enticing elements of this year’s Dublin International Film Festival. Playback x DIFF is a collabaration between musical and film talent, as some of Ireland’s biggest names in the music scene engage creatively with rising and risen directing talent, producing that mutual staple of behind the camera skill and alternative expression in rap and R&B: the music video.

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The full programme for this year’s all-online Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival has been announced. As the biggest film festival in the fair city of film moves all online, the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2021 will serve as a celebration of the power of film to bring people together and explore the world in new ways. Taking place from 3-14 March 2021, the Festival has been re-imagined to bring audiences the best of new films and old classics, all while allowing people to attend the festival safely from their homes.  This year VMDIFF will be delivered via the screening portal Eventive.

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Two Dublin-based filmmakers have overcome social distancing and quarantine restrictions during lockdown and produced a music video for Closer, a new single from UK indie band, The Tin Pigeons. The video is produced and directed by Tommy Creagh with DOP Conor Tobin filming starring in and editing the video on location in his home.

Speaking about the process, producer/director Tommy Creagh had this to say:

“We had to adapt to the reality of what we could do under lockdown. The only way it could possibly work was for Conor, D.O.P, to film himself throughout his daily routine and for us to discuss the rushes over Skype at the end of every day and work them back into an ever evolving treatment. The process was slower than usual but from the restrictions, an organic visual style formed. Through trial and error we figured out a way to work around the obstacles in place and tell a compelling story”

 

The song, Closer, written during a rural escape writing weekend in a remote corner of the Lake District, explores how the society we live in can be emotionally draining and makes us numb to our own feelings. Although written well before the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme of the song certainly rings through in relation to the current global situation.

Fraser Norton and Thomas Quemby of The Tin Pigeons had this to say:

“In light of recent events in the world, this subject matter has never seemed more appropriate. In some ways we are all battling with the effects of social isolation, finding plenty of time to sit with ourselves and study our cracks…

 

We are creatures designed to be together and ‘Closer’ reflects the mental health conflict we go through in separation”

 

Acclaimed as “One of the best festival bands we know” by BBC Music Introducing, the bouncing indie two-piece have received national recognition and an incredibly strong fan base throughout the UK  are one of the strongest bands on the UK’s live circuit.

Check out the video for Closer below:

Tommy Creagh is an English-Irish writer/director based in Dublin, with a passion for lyrical, expressive storytelling. Over the past three years his short films have won several awards and have been shown at over fifty festivals around the world. His film Land of Winter won Best Irish Short at the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival and Best International Young Talent at the New Renaissance Film Festival in London.

He has also been establishing himself in the music world with videos for The Rupees, The Golden Dregs, and now The Tin Pigeons.

Conor Tobin is an established filmmaker, known for his camerawork and is also an accomplished editor & director. He strives to push the medium, creating interesting and thought provoking content when possible. His shorts include Light https://vimeo.com/200471910  and music videos including  The Paddy Blues Band . Conor was DOP on Hold The Line, the multi-award winning  Irish short film.

The pair have worked collaborated on a number of short films and music videos including Children of Dawn short film and a Music Video for The Golden Dregs.

Located just on the South Circular Road, The Circular is a bar and grill that offers craft beer, pizza and now a bit of cinema too, via their Rialto Cinema Club. Every week they’ll be showing a variety of films, with some intriguing deep cuts on the menu for the weeks ahead. It’s sure to make for an entertaining addition to screenings taking place throughout the fair city of film.

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The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is always a good opportunity to cast eyes over some of the latest talents making a name for themselves in Irish film. The Discovery Award at DIFF identifies, supports and encourages new and emerging talent in the Irish film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Thirteen exciting emerging talents have been nominated for this year’s Award, sponsored this year by Aer Lingus, with the announcement of the winner taking place at a special event in Café En Seine, Dawson Street on the closing day of the festival on Sunday 8 March, 2020. Aer Lingus have also been announced as the “Official Airline Sponsor” of the Festival. Hey somebody has to fly those international guests in, right?

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On Saturday 29th June, pianist Máire Carroll will be bringing her piano along to the Light House Cinema for a one night only musical event, “Reimagining the Movies“. An extensive performer worldwide and a winner of  numerous awards including the 2018 RDS Collins Memorial Prize, 2015 Tilestyle Artist Bursary and the 2012 RDS Music Bursary, Carroll will be performing some of her iconic film scores by some of cinema’s most loved composers alongside a number of guests, along with the premiere of her latest composition specially composed for the evening.

Ahead of her performance on Saturday, Film In Dublin spoke with the musician about the power of music on screen, her work and influences and more.

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Every May, the Dublin Dance Festival presents the best Irish and international dance performances in venues throughout the city to a growing and evolving audience and generates opportunities for artists, at home and abroad  through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance. The 2019 edition of the festival has already begun and will run until the 19th of May, but film fans may be interested in a selection of shorts taking place at the Projects Arts Centre next Monday 13th May.

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On the 22nd May 2019, Mariah Carey will be bringing her Caution World Tour to Dublin at the 3Arena. And, caution Mariah Carey fans, because the Light House Cinema has announced a screening to coincide with this date that is sure to have you feeling Emotions.

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