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

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

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

Diego Maradonna

It was the summer of '86 and this particular reviewer sat down in the box room of the family home to watch the final of that year's world cup on the tiny portable colour TV that was the norm then. I was just getting into football and my father, (who normally hates football), to his … Continue reading Diego Maradonna

Liam Gallagher: As it was. Liam does it his way

IT was September 2002. The summer had ended but there was still cause for many in Derry, Northern Ireland to celebrate. Oasis, the band who had defined a generation were due to play in Prehen playing fields that sunny September. Oasis, together with a number of bands that formed the "Britpop" phenominon burst onto the … Continue reading Liam Gallagher: As it was. Liam does it his way

Future film talent gets its chance to shine at Brunswick Cinebowl

Local budding cinematic talent was on display this afternoon (Monday) as the BSc in Cinematic Arts final year students at University of Ulster"s Magee campus in Derry showed their work to an enthusiastic audience at the city's Brunswick Cinebowl.Now in it's third year, the annual end of year show put on display a number of … Continue reading Future film talent gets its chance to shine at Brunswick Cinebowl

Tides makes waves in London

Tides, a documentary about the river Foyle in Derry by Italian director, and some time Derry native, Alessandro Negrini has gained yet more success; this time at the Gold Movie Awards in London where it won Best Documentary.  At the event in London's historic Regent Cinema where Negrini rubbed shoulders with the likes of Billy … Continue reading Tides makes waves in London

The Favourite; a film to win over audiences

The Favourite, starring Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, is loosely based on events in the British royal court during the reign of Queen Anne. Whenever something is labelled as "historic" it can often get bogged down on whether or not the events which happen on screen actually took place in real life. In … Continue reading The Favourite; a film to win over audiences

The Kindergarten Teacher

In The Kindergarten Teacher, which was shown as the closing film at this year's Foyle Film Festival, Maggie Gyllenhall plays Lisa Spinelli a thirty something kindergarten teacher who is disillusioned with family life and her work. Then in class she notices that an otherwise quiet and unassuming boy in her class by the name of Jimmy … Continue reading The Kindergarten Teacher

The Return of the Hero is a French delight

The Return of the Hero, shown recently as part of the 31st Foyle Film Festival is a French farce with plenty of laughs. Set during the Napoleonic wars it tells the story of Captain Neuville, a dashing, handsome war hero who has fallen in love. Upon being called into action only hours after he has … Continue reading The Return of the Hero is a French delight