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The Irish Film Institute’s online Archive Player is a key resource in their efforts to preserve and celebrate the history and variety of Irish film. Newly revamped, the IFI Archive Player has a fantastic collection of bits, bobs and brilliance, including the launch yesterday of the F-Rated Collection, a curated selection of short films by Irish women.

 
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The latest short film by Irish director Megan K. Fox now has an online release. The director of The Shift, Calling Home and more has been a regular on the Irish festival circuit over the last few years, and after similar success at festivals over the last year, Cailín Álainn is out now to view online.

 

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The sixteenth edition of Culture Night will take place across Ireland on Friday 17 September 2021 and a number of special events in the fair city of film will be of interest to culture vultures of the cinematic persuasion.
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We’re so used to seeing international cinema get remade in the States in one form or another that we barely blink an eye these days, even when it’s a film relatively successful with mainstream audiences, like Parasite. For film fans it can be a frustrating process – the one inch barrier shouldn’t be that hard to climb over – but an interesting development has now seen an Irish movie optioned for its own English-language remake. As reported on ScreenDaily by Irish media writer Esther McCarthy, Arracht has been optioned for a remake by a US company.

 

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The stunningly beautiful Song of Granite which is Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category at next year’s Academy Awards will be released in Irish cinemas on 8th December.  Wildcard Distribution, who are distributing the film, have released the official trailer and an image from the film.  Watch the trailer here:

The biopic from acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence) charts the rise of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney, and how the songs of his west of Ireland childhood helped shape his complex character.  Co-written by Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, and Sharon Whooley, the film had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and was awarded the Best Cinematography prize (Richard Kendrick) at the Galway Film Fleadh.

 

Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nós). Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. Featuring performances from Colm Seoighe, Macdara Ó’Fátharta, Jaren Cerf, Lisa O’Neill, Damien Dempsey, and sean nós singers Micheál O’Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, and beautiful black and white cinematography, Song of Granite is a distinctive portrait of Heaney’s life and a marvellous exploration of music and song.

 

The film was produced by Alan Maher and Jessie Fisk of Marcie Films with Martin Paul-Hus of Amerique Film and was supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, BAI, TG4 and with the financial participation of Société de Développement Des Entreprises Culturelles – Québec, Telefilm Canada.