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2005 Irish Studies Film Series

Feature films were screened on Sundays between February 27 and April 4, 2005 at the West Newton Cinema, and a number of other films were screened on Mondays beginning February 21, 2005 at Boston College.

Click here to see the schedule for the 2006 Irish Studies Film Series

Sunday, February 27, 2005
7:00 p.m.West Newton Cinema
*Colm Meany, star of The Boys and Girl from County Clare, will be available to answer questions after the screening*
Set in Ireland during the 1970s, the film follows the fortunes of two estranged brothers, both fiddle players, who meet after twenty-five years at the All Ireland Ceili Band Competition where they are playing in rival bands. For both men, it is an opportunity to settle the past.
Director: John Irvin
Producer: Evzen Kolar, Bill Kenwright, Wolfgang Esenwein (First Look Media)
Cast: Andrea Corr, Jim Broadbent, Colm Meaney, Patrick Bergin, Bernard Hill.
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Admission: $9.50

Monday, February 28, 2005
6:30 p.m. Boston College, Devlin Hall 008
On August 12, 1969, the disaffected Catholic and Nationalist population in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland took to the streets to confront the Royal Ulster Constabulary, in the wake of a Protestant Apprentice Boys parade in the city. The riots, which came to be known as the ‘Battle of the Bogside,’ continued for almost 3 days and saw over 1,000 people injured.
Director: Vinny Cunningham.
Running time: 61 minutes

Sunday, March 6, 2005
7:00 p.m. West Newton Cinema
Set against the backdrop of the Celtic Tiger Economy, Headrush is a crime comedy about two disillusioned youths, struggling through a haze of cannabis, who hope to solve all their problems by smuggling a consignment of drugs for a local gangster.
Director/script: Shimmy Marcus.
Producer: Edwina Forkin.
Cast: Wuzza Conlon, Gavin Kelty, Laura Pyper, Tom Hickey, Maura O’Neill
Running Time: 100 minutes
Admission: $9.50

Sunday, March 13, 2005
7:00 p.m. West Newton Cinema
Brian Keenan’s and John McCarthy’s internationally famous imprisonment is a physical metaphor for their emotional journey to personal freedom. Two men from totally different backgrounds meet only because of the accident of captivity and learn to care for each other. Ultimately, Blind Flight illustrates how when people are stripped of everything they have, they can still find their own humanity.
Director: John Furse
Producers: Sally Hibbin, David Collins, Eddie Dick
Main Cast: Ian Hart, Linus Roache
Running Time: 97 minutes
Admission: $9.50

Monday, March 14, 2005
6:30 p.m. Boston College, Devlin Hall 008
This is a fascinating insight into one of the most influential and pioneering figures in Irish filmmaking history, Bob Quinn. His son Robert Quinn, an award-winning director in his own right, takes us on a personal journey back to his own extraordinary childhood in the mid 1970s. Growing up in Connemara, a remote part of Gaelic speaking Ireland, he recalls his father's innovations in cinema and filmmaking. Passionate about the power and importance of film, Bob Quinn sets up the independent cinema, Cinegael, at home. The cinema fast becomes the center of everyone's existence, not only bringing weekly entertainment to all the villagers, but also reflecting their own culture back to them.
Director: Robert Quinn.
Running time: 53 minutes

Thursday, March 17, 2005
West Newton Cinema
7:00 p.m. Public Screening
*9:00 p.m. SPECIAL STUDENT SCREENING. Free with BC ID; free shuttle leaves St Ignatius Gate at 8 p.m.*
Fatso is the proprietor of what may be the worst eatery in Dublin, and is struggling to keep a sinking ship afloat. His compulsive gambling is getting the better of him and he has to contend with an endless succession of loan sharks and debt collectors. He employs hopelessly incompetent staff but somehow manages to keep the entire community around him going. However just as Fatso seems to be getting everything under control, he is faced with a dilemma that could destroy him for good.
Director/script: Lance Daly.
Producer: John Kelleher
Cast: Stephen Rea, Grattan Smith, Kerry Condon, Simon Delaney, Willie Higgins, Patrick Bergin, John Kavanagh, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Mick Lally
Running time: 97 minutes
Admission: $9.50

ADAM & PAUL (2004)
Sunday, March 20, 2005
7:00 p.m.West Newton Cinema
Friends since they were small boys, Adam and Paul have withered into two hapless and desperate junkies, tied together by habit and necessity. A stylized downbeat physical comedy, the film follows the boys over the course of a single day which, like every other, is entirely devoted to the business of scrounging and stealing money for drugs.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Producer: Jonny Speers
Cast: Mark O’Halloran, Tom Murphy
Running time: 86 minutes
Admission: $9.50

Monday, March 21, 2005
6:30 p.m. Boston College, Devlin Hall 008
This satirical drama chronicles an extraordinary day in the life of a small Irish village, Black Rock. When the population is surprised by the news that they are to be home to thirty asylum seekers, very soon the whole place is in turmoil. A town meeting is planned but there is little time for those who want to enforce their view...
Director/script: Gerard Stembridge
Producers: Anna Devlin, Marina Hughes
Running time: 60 minutes

Sunday, March 27, 2005
7:00 p.m. West Newton Cinema
Holy Cross is a fictional drama set within real events. It tells the story of two fictional families caught up in the headline events of 2001 on the Ardoyne Road in Belfast, where a dispute arose concerning the rights of schoolgirls from the Catholic Ardoyne area of north Belfast to walk a few hundred yards through the predominantly Protestant area of Glenbryn to the Holy Cross primary school.
Director: Mark Brozel
Producers: Robert Cooper, Jonathan Curling
Bronagh Gallagher, Zara Turner, Robert Cooper
Running Time: 50 minutes
Admission: $9.50

Monday, March 28, 2005
6:30 p.m. Boston College Devlin Hall 008
Mei, a young Chinese girl finds that falling in love with a local Protestant boy is not going to be easy. Sparks fly when their relationship overlaps with that of Ciaran and Niamh from the Catholic Falls Road. Life gets complicated as they navigate through cultural differences and local politics in contemporary Belfast.
Director/Producer: Margo Harkin
Cast: Packy Lee, Kelly Flynn, Julie Lam, Kevin Breen
Running Time: 74 minutes

Monday, April 4, 2005
6:30 p.m. Boston College Devlin Hall 008
Failte Mr President tells the story of President Reagan’s controversial visit to Ireland in an election year, 1984. President Reagan was widely considered to be the most ‘TV-savvy’ president in history and every part of his visit was carefully planned and timed to coincide with evening news in the US. However, unexpected anti-Reagan sentiment in Ireland was to unite diverse sectors of Irish society from the Catholic Church, to left- wing groups, to then Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald. The result was a widely supported and multifaceted protest, previously unheard of in terms of an American president visiting Ireland. And all played out on the US evening news… Fáilte Mr. President marks a turning point in Ireland's traditional love affair with America.
Director: Nicola Callaghan
Running Time: 50 minutes