What's On

Tuesday 22 May, 8pm, €7

Escape from Liberty Cinema (Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc)

presented as part of PolskaÉire Festival & preceded by 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Dir: Wojciech Marczewski
1990  |  Poland
88 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Wojciech Marczewski’s anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of censorship which adapts the premise of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo to late 1980s Poland. The film centres on a provincial film censor who is horrified to discover that the actors in a trite romantic weepie are refusing to perform their roles. With shades also of Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. and Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the film deftly combines political satire, social observation and surreal humour.

Directed by one of Poland’s leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers, this multi-award winning feature is a key film of the seismic political changes of 1989, and an enthusiastic manifesto for the freedom of the artist - and ultimately, of all humanity.

"Extremely funny political comedy... Consciously influenced by Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, it's an absurdist satire on bureaucracy and moral cowardice" Philip French, The Observer

"A rich mixture of dark political satire and poetic allegory" Wally Hammond, Time Out

"An exuberant attack on censorship" Variety

This film will be preceded by a short film 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Good Business is a short and intelligent Sci-Fi filmed on location near Blackhead Lighthouse.

Saturday 26 May, 2pm, €5

Last Night as I Lay Dreaming

presented by Fleadh Nua

‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’ explores the life and song of traditional singer Robbie McMahon from Spancilhill in Co.Clare who is credited with bringing the folk song 'Spancilhill’ to a worldwide audience. The film documentary charts the huge contribution Robbie McMahon has made to the world of singing down through the years, both through his own compositions and his unique interpretation of traditional songs.

Duration: 65 minutes

Saturday 9 June, 2pm, €5

It’s Not Yet Dark

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Dir: Frankie Fenton
Ireland  |  2017  |  80 mins

It’s Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with MND, as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

Simon Fitzmaurice died in October 2017, only two weeks after the film’s release.

Saturday 23 June, 3.30pm, Free event but ticketed. Please pre-book

Making the Grade

Dir: Ken Waldrop
Ireland 2017
82 mins
With subtitles

Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers.

A new national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on 23 June 2018. Funded by Creative Ireland, Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity nationwide through a compelling spread of performances, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more.