Galway to welcome 15 world premieres
by Naman Ramachandran
- Jadotville, The Young Offenders, A Date For Mad Mary among the Irish titles selected for the 28th edition of festival
The 28th Galway Film Fleadh (5-10 July) will include as many as 15 world premieres and several European and Irish premieres. Irish highlights of the programme include Richie Smyth’s Jadotville (Ireland/South Africa), Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders, Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary [+see also:
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Local highlights on the documentary front include Simon Fitzmaurice’s It’s Not Yet Dark, Ken Wardrop’s Mom & Me (UK/Ireland), Brendan Byrne’s Bobby Sands: 66 Days (UK/Ireland) and Seán Ó Cualáin’s Crash and Burn. This year there is a focus on female filmmakers where some 30 films by women directors will be screened, as well as a focus on Finnish cinema, a menu of films looking at food and drink, and films made in and about Galway. The subject of this year’s public interview in the Town Hall Theatre is Irish cinema titan Jim Sheridan. For more information on the whole programme, click here.
Programme director Gar O’Brien said, “We are delighted to reveal such a comprehensive programme and we are looking forward to providing a platform for some of the best new and established Irish filmmakers as well as bringing films and talent from all over the world to the west of Ireland”.