Thursday, 8 February: Conceiving Ada
Dir. Lynn Hershman-Leeson, 1999, USA. Not Rated, but suitable for 12
A modern scientist finds a way of communicating across time with the Victorian pioneer Ada Lovelace, inventor of the computer.
*Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Feb 11.
Thursday, 8 March: Wendy and Lucy,
Dir. Kelly Reichardt, 2009, Ireland, Rating: 15A
A dog and her penniless owner travel across the USA hoping to get a job. An off-beat portrait of two pals, and a portrait of economic recession.
Thursday 12 April 2018: Blackboards
Dir. Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000, Iran, Italy, Japan, Rating PG. Language Kurdish, with English subtitles
Travelling teachers in Kurdistan carry their blackboards on their backs – will they find any students? A stunning visual poem, and a metaphor. Cannes Jury Prize award.
Thursday 10 May: The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse)
Dir. Agnes Warda, 2000, France. Rating G
Film director Agnes Warda investigates how big supermarkets throw away misshapen vegetables, while she considers how her own body is getting out of shape as she grows older.
Awards: Best Film, Chicago International Film Festival
*Bealtaine Programme for May in dlr Libraries
Thursday 14 June: John Butler Retrospective. Short films by acclaimed Blackrock filmmaker John Butler.
-The Ballad of Kid Kanturk (2009) -Immaturity for Charity [selected sketches] (2012) -Your Bad Self [selected sketches] (2010) -Spacemen Three (2008). Rating 16
“The Ballad of Kid Kanturk” (Dir. J Butler, 2009) 10’ 50’’
Script Kevin Barry.Winner Best Short (Thriller/Horror/Noir), Film Festival Salento Finibus Terrae 2009
Winner Best Director (Short Film), San Francisco Irish Film Festival 2009
cast: Mark Doherty, Garrett Keogh, Mikel Murfi, Eileen Walsh.
An operatic comedy-western about an Irish cannibal rockabilly singer, told through a voiceover poem. Hang on to your seats!
Immaturity for Charity [selected sketches] (Dir. John Butler, 2012) c. 20’
Originally created as a fundraising project for Saint Francis Hospice Raheny
Writers: Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Moloney.
Main cast: Kathy Belton, Karen Egan, Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson.
*KINDLY SPONSORED BY Producer: Juliette Bonass
A series of irresistible sketches on the absurdist potential of the everyday.
Your Bad Self [selected sketches] (RTE/Dir. John Butler, 2010) c. 25’
Writers: John Butler, Domhnall Gleeson, and others.
Main cast: Karen Egan, Domhnall Gleeson, Amy Huberman, Peter McDonald…
*KINDLY SPONSORED BY the production company: Treassure Entertainment
A series of fearless sketches turning serious matters into pure surrealism.
“Spacemen Three” (Dir, Hugh O’Connor, 2008) 12’
Script: John Butler and Hugh O’Conor.
Cast: Pat Shortt, Peter McDonald, Michael McElhatton.
An inexperienced Irish astronaut addicted to videogames joins the most important NASA mission in history. What could possibly go wrong?