What's On

Tuesday 27 March, 8pm, €7

The Drummer and the Keeper

preceded by 'Prison Door' by Kevin McCann

Dir: Nick Kelly
2017  |  Ireland
92 mins  | Cert: PG

You find true friendship in the craziest of places! Gabriel is a chaotic young rock drummer desperate to hide his recent bipolar diagnosis from his increasingly exasperated bandmates. When forced to bond with Christopher, an institutionalised 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, it results in a very unlikely friendship! Galway Film Fleadh 2017

An uplifting comedic story of an unlikely friendship between Gabriel, a rock ‘n’ roll party animal with bipolar disorder and an institutionalised goalkeeper who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome.”  — Scannain.com

This film will be preceeded by a short film 'Prison Door' by Kevin McCann

Prison Door was filmed in the historic H Block Prison near Belfast. Prison Door is a Kafkaesque short film about a man struggling to leave his prison cell when the door opens. Directed and produced by Kevin McCann, Prison Door is the last work from Irish writer Dermot Healy who died in 2014. Click here to see a trailer.

Tuesday 10 April, 8pm, €7

The Party

preceded by 'The Condom Man' by Cara Holmes

Dir: Sally Potter
2017  |  UK
71 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet and everyone present to the core. Love, friendships, political convictions and a whole way of life are now called into question. Underneath their cultivated liberal left-wing surface people are seething. Their dispute leads to the big guns being brought out – even in a literal sense.

For her eighth theatrical feature British director and screenwriter Sally Potter has invited a stellar cast to join her party. Beginning as a subtly witty comedy replete with sharp-tongued dialogue, the film later veers off into tragedy. When life can no longer be controlled by reason, people will fight tooth and nail to protect their seemingly stable existence. - Berlin International Film Festival 2017

This film will be preceded by a short film 'The Condom Man' directed by Cara Holmes & written by Nora Windeck

This is a moving and uplifting story of how Irish people fought the system, provided frontline and core services for haemophiliacs and other HIV/AIDS patients, and ultimately saved lives.

Wednesday 11 April, 10am, €4/Teachers Free

Secondary School Film: Fanny’s Journey (Le voyage de Fanny)

presented in association with IFI Education

Dir: Lola Doillon  |  2016
France/Belgium  |  94 mins

Suitable for age 12+  |  Junior Cycle French

An award-winning tale of courage, determination and survival set in occupied France. Jewish thirteen-year-old Fanny finds herself in charge of a band of children forced to flee the children’s home where they live. Filled with heart-stopping moments, we watch as the children dodge authorities and real  terrors as they make for the Swiss border, under the leadership of the fearless, determined girl.

A schools study guide for this film can be downloaded here.

Sunday 15 April, 4pm, €7

The Silver Branch

Dir: Katrina Costello  |  2016
Ireland  |  75 mins

This new documentary depicts the life and insights of the inimitable philosopher, poet, and fifth-generation farmer, Patrick McCormack, owner of ‘Fr Ted’s House’ in the beautiful, austere Burren.

Through Patrick’s eyes and pastoral verse, this beautifully shot film immerses us in the exquisite textures of the natural world, bringing us a rare glimpse of a disappearing way of life with all its richness and roguery, and leading to a deep connection with the Earth and our Ancestral wild spirit.

Saturday 28 April, 7.30pm, €10
Package ticket, for glór event & Sunday 29th April events listed below, €25

Nature, Gardening and Mental Wellbeing – Film and Expert Talks

presented by Clare Garden Festival in association with glór

This year’s highlight event of Clare Garden Festival FRINGE combines the award-winning garden film Project Wild Thing with expert talks to be announced.

Filmmaker David Bond thinks Mother Nature needs a helping hand. His children are fascinated by screens but are strangers to the natural world. David appoints himself the Marketing Director for Nature and, with the help of marketing experts, he sets out to sell this amazing, free, wonder product. Project Wild Thing finds hilarity, joy and absurdity in the choices we face as 21st Century humans.

PROJECT WILD THING - official trailer from Green Lions on Vimeo.


Clare Garden Festival also presents the following events on Sunday 29th April:

  • Masterclass Organic Gardening with Jim Cronin at Ennis Showgrounds
    11am - 12pm  |  Tickets €15
  • Clare Garden Festival at Ennis Showgrounds
    (Over 70 Plant, Garden & Food stalls, Expert talks, Gardens, etc.)
    11am-5pm  |  Entry €6

Package ticket available for the above 2 events and Nature, Gardening and Mental Wellbeing – Film and Expert Talks at glór for just €25. Available from glór box office on 065 6843103 or in person.

See more details on www.claregardenfestival.com

Tuesday 1 May, 8pm, €7

Song Of Granite

preceded by 'Sekar Arum' by Maurice Gunning

Dir: Pat Collins
2017  |  Ireland, Canada
104 mins  |   Cert: CLUB

This visually meticulous and mesmerising film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The stylised black-and-white picture, obscuring the border between documentary and fiction, is a cinematic ballad that invites viewers to join the enigmatic, talented and idiosyncratic artist on his dramatic life journey; along the way we also get a sense of the difficult yet humble life of the people of Ireland over the course of last century.

The film takes us to the district of Connemara, and to the village of Carna, Joe Heaney’s birthplace, considered the cradle of local folklore, and then the camera accompanies him on his travels round the world. The power and magic of the songs provide the central motif threading its way through the film. The director stages the music scenes so skilfully and suggestively that we feel we are actually present in the room, swept up in the atmosphere along with the rest of the audience.

Was it the songs that helped the inhabitants of this magnificent but desolate Irish landscape to survive and commune with God? And what part of his heart and soul must the artist sacrifice in order to satisfy his inner compulsions?
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017

This film will be preceded by a short film 'Sekar Arum' by Maurice Gunning

Sekar Arum - Forging the Javanese Gamelan, is a short documentary about the forging of a Javanese Gamelan gong, highlighting the rhythmic nature of the methods employed by traditional gamelan makers, including the firing, moulding and tuning of a new bronze instrument. Filmed and edited by documentary photographer and film-maker Maurice Gunning and produced by Mel Mercier.

Saturday 5 May, 2.30pm, €7/€5 conc.

Older Than Ireland

presented as part of Bealtaine Festival & preceded by 'Stories from the Landscape' by Clare County Council Heritage Office

Dir: Alex Fegan
Ireland  |  2015
81 mins  |  Cert: PG

Older Than Ireland is a landmark feature documentary that explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens.
Featuring thirty men and women, this remarkable group of centenarians, all born before 1916, are the last generation to have borne witness to Ireland’s bloody transition from a newly formed fledging republic through to its development into a mature European state. These centenarians are our living history and it is through their wit, wisdom and philosophy that the film explores the more universal themes of life. From youth to true love, from loss to regrets, from the meaning of life to the existence of a life hereafter — the centenarians have an opinion on it all. Older Than Ireland is a film that pays homage to this unique group of remarkable individuals. - Galway Film Fleadh 2015

This film will be preceded by a short film 'Stories from the Landscape' by Clare County Council Heritage Office

Filmed by Paul Flynn, in collaboration with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, this short features a day in the life of 93 year old George Casey at the Kildysert Agricultural Show where he has gone with horses for many years.

Tuesday 15 May, 8pm, €12/€10 conc.

La Bohème Opera Screening

presented by Teatro Communale di Bologna

Set in the idyllic 19th century Paris, La Bohème tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and a seamstress. But they are soon faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health which ends up putting their relationship to the test. This production of one of opera’s classic and unforgettable stories is led by a cast of four talented young artists as the lovers.

Duration 140 mins

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.