Tuesday 10 December 2019

Critics' guide to going out: 12/03/2010

Killruddery Film Festival 2010, Killruddery House, Wicklow

As everyone knows, it's all about location, location, location, and locations don't get much more spectacular than the glorious Killruddery House just outside Bray. This sumptuous mansion is throwing open its doors this weekend tfor its now annual film festival. Following the success of last year's silent film fiesta, this year's festival celebrates lost, overlooked and forgotten cinema, including another unmissable selection of rarely seen classics from the silent period. There are films to suit every age and predilection, with silent treats including two films by the great Swedish director Victor Sjostrom, Ingeborg Holm from 1913, which Ingmar Bergman described as "one of the most remarkable films ever made" as well the inimitable Lilian Gish in The Wind (1928), which closes out this year's festival. And other highlights include a special outdoor screening of I Know Where I'm Going (1945) by Powell & Pressburger. Well, we certainly know where we're going this weekend.



Passion Pit, Olympia, Dublin, (€21)

It's time to come clean. We feel we owe Passion Pit an enormous apology. Upon first encountering their fizzy, day-glo pop we were inclined to write them off as lame MGMT clones. But the Boston quintet have proved there's a lot more to them than reheated homages to Time to Pretend. On their debut album, Manners, they sample the 70s trad signer Mary O'Hara (on a point of order: she sings in Irish, not 'gaelic' dudes), rope in a 20-part children's choir and write songs that, for four minutes at least, remind you why it's good to be alive. Plus, they've just remixed Lady Gaga. Not bad for an outfit whose debut EP was thrown together on a whim as a Valentine's Day gift to the lead singer's then girlfriend.


The Alternative Miss Ireland, Olympia Theatre

Expect boldness and mischief to abound this Sunday in the Olympia as the Alternative Miss Ireland competition turns sweet 16. All the aspirant queen cailins will be fighting it out to win the crown from the reigning queen Miss Smilin' Kanker. Open to men, women and whatever you're having yourself, the pageant puts contestants through traditional rounds of daywear, eveningwear and the always slightly terrifying swimwear. Presiding over the show is the ever-glamorous Panti, who tries her very best to maintain order as it teeters on the brink of hilarious chaos. And in between the rounds of abject beauty, AMI promises astonishing performances from some international stars, and a few old queens, including Heidi Konnt (AMI XI), Le Gateau Chocolat (La Clique) and the DC Cowboys (America's Got Talent!). Unforgettable. www.alternativemissireland.com


Shutter Island, General Release

Few directors living or dead could rival Martin Scorsese's encyclopaedic knowledge of film history and lore, and he puts it to good use in this atmospheric psychological thriller that evokes everything from Hitchcock to the classic horror films of the 30s. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, a US marshal from 50s Boston who boards a ferry to the notorious asylum on Shutter Island to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a patient. From the moment he arrives, Teddy encounters resistance from the asylum's psychiatrist, Dr John Cawley (Ben Kingsley),. But just as he's finally getting somewhere, we begin to wonder whether old Teddy might not benefit from a stay in the funny farm himself. Max Von Sydow, Mark Ruffalo and Patricia Clarkson co-star in this very watchable, noirish thriller.


Andrew Weatherall/ Muleketu Samba Band/ Shoebox Disco, Twisted Pepper, Dublin 1

You can catch one of the most influential and iconic figures in dance for as little as a fiver this Paddy's Eve. Weatherall's production work for Primal Scream and Happy Mondays almost single-handedly defined the sound of an era. Pursuing a heavier electro sound as one half of Two Lone Swordsmen alongside Keith Tenniswood, Lord Sabre can still be relied on to deliver a blistering set. He's also one of the few leading lights in electronica who shows a healthy sense of twisted humour or, as he puts it himself, "if I didn't see everything as a complete joke, I would've been locked up years ago."



Sodome, My Love, Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2

The sky breaks, the rain falls and a woman buried in salt is woken from a coma that has lasted for centuries. She is the only survivor of the genocidal destruction of Sodome, a city whose very name provokes only disgust at memories of its infamous orgies, overindulgence and utter degeneracy. Back now among human society, this last Sodomite is free to extract revenge for the massacre of her people. Written originally in French by Laurent Gaude, this has been translated by its leading lady, Olwen Fouéré, and this production by Rough Magic in association with TheEmergencyRoom is actually a world premiere, as this has never been performed in any language anywhere in the world. Expect ferocity, passion and pain in abundance.



Swan Lake, Grand Canal Theatre

This Thursday sees two groundbreaking events rolled into one: the opening of an audacious new theatre in Dublin, the Grand Canal Theatre, pitched at the touring productions of hit West End shows; and the arrival in Ireland of the Russian State Ballet with two of the Bolshoi Ballet's star soloists. The theatre marks a bold attempt to stake out a large-scale space in Dublin for commercial theatre. If it works, it could prove energising for the sector as a whole. The ballet is, of course, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake the most loved and perhaps the greatest of the classical ballets. At the time of writing, an extra night had just been added to meet demand, on Monday, March 22. www.grandcanaltheatre.ie

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