Chaplin Festival due for Co. Kerry town

Waterville in Co. Kerry is due to host its annual Charlie Chaplin Festival this weekend. Now in its ninth year the sleepy village in Co. Kerry has an association with Charlie Chaplin which dates back to the 1950's when the film star paid a visit to Waterville with his family. Spread out over the weekend, … Continue reading Chaplin Festival due for Co. Kerry town

A Man Called Ove – It Grows on You

A Man Called Ove is a strange little story well, about a man called Ove. It's written by Swedish writer Frederick Beckman. It tells the story of cantankerous old Ove, who lives with his wife. As life goes on Ove is faced with many tragedies and adventures, along the way he befriends his nearest neighbours … Continue reading A Man Called Ove – It Grows on You

White Crow

White Crow tells the story of famous ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev and the even more famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view). Told in the third person from the moment of his birth on a trans-siberian railway in the bitterly cold Russian winter. This one event, as with all of its kind shapes … Continue reading White Crow

Welcome to the world of Zorg – and no they’re not the start of an alien invasion

From the south west of France, via Australia, Africa and then back again. Musically this is where Zorg comes from. From the region of Occitan, the band also perform/sing in their own dialect of the same name, which comes both geographically and linguistically somewhere between France and Spain. You might not think it but in … Continue reading Welcome to the world of Zorg – and no they’re not the start of an alien invasion

Warehouse Gallery Summer Exhibition

A wealth of artistic talent from around the northwest gathered at the Warehouse Gallery in Derry on Thursday night for the opening of their summer exhibition. Among the many great work on display were paintings in oil, sculptures moulded from clay to expressive figures in cartoon form reminiscent of characters from children's books. Dawn by … Continue reading Warehouse Gallery Summer Exhibition

Fluent in 3 Months – It’ll get you talkin’

The summer is well under way and many of us will have taken to sunnier climbs in order to experience new scenery or a different way of life. Many of us struggle to learn enough of the native tongue of our chosen destination to even get by on. Fluent in Three Months by Benny Lewis, … Continue reading Fluent in 3 Months – It’ll get you talkin’

Pajeros de Verano

Set in Columbia during the rise of the drug lords, Pajeros de Verano (Birds of Passage) is a sleak, hard-hitting take on gang warfare among the Wayuu people of the South American country which, unfortunately, has become a by word for drug trafficking. The film has a similar grittiness to Brazilian film City of God … Continue reading Pajeros de Verano

A History of a land without a country

The Basques; whether you believe them to be part of a region of another country, or, as some do, to be a country within a country, certainly have a unique identity. As someone who grew up in Northern Ireland, seeing Basque flags in republican areas, this strange banner which, to you appears like a union … Continue reading A History of a land without a country

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

This documentary by Feargal Ward has been shown on the Irish film festival circuit for a while now and had it's television debut on RTÉ 1 last night. It tells the story of Thomas Reid, a Kildare farmer who is approached by the IDA to sell his land so that the American microchip company intel … Continue reading The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid