Galway Film Fleadh kicks off today and to celebrate the 'Cannes of the Corrib' festival we've picked five must-see Irish movies for your viewing pleasure.
The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie is based on a true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007. You're probably wondering how you could make a comedy movie out of drug smuggling but trust us, this works. The main characters of the story are best friends Conor and Jock, who are two peas in a pod when you get down to it. When a cocaine smuggling boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each bale being worth €7 Million, are seized by law enforcement word gets out a bale is missing. Hoping to escape their troubled lives by selling the missing bale, the boys steal two bikes and go on a bike journey to find the missing bale.
Directed by Peter Foott, with a cast including Chris Walley, Alex Murphy, Hillary Rose and PJ Gallagher.
Echoing Steve McQueen's Hunger, Bobby Sands: 66 Days is a documentary that explores the remarkable life and death of the Irish Republican, whose actions continue to inspire people today. The film is composed of Sands’ own words that are taken from his hunger strike diary which gives a unique insight into the man whose death marked a turning point in the relationship between Britain and Ireland, and brought a global spotlight to the Northern Irish conflict which later caused international efforts to intervene to reach a resolution.
Directed by Brendan J Byrne.
A Dark Song is an Irish horror that follows a young mother by the name of Sophia who moves to an old house in the remote countryside so she can enlist the help of an occultist by the name of Solomon. She requires his help to perform The Abramelin; an ancient invocation ritual which will allow them to summon up Sophia’s guardian angel so her wish can become true. In order to complete the ritual they must seal themselves in the house for months as it plays out. As the ritual continues they run the risk of going mad.
Directed by Liam Gavin with a cast including Catherine Walker,Steve Oram, Mark Hubberman and Susan Loughnane.
Property of the State is a drama based on a true story that shocked the Irish public in 1990, it tells the story of a disturbed man called Brendan O’Donnell from the perspective of his sister Ann Marie. Bit by Bit she pieces together the events that led to the horrifying murders of a young mother, her child and a local priest in a forest located in East Clare, Ireland.
Directed by Kit Ryan with a cast including Patrick Gibson, Aisling Loftus, David Rawle and Elaine Cassidy.
A Date for Mad Mary is a Tender and tough about friendship, the main character is “Mad” Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short prison sentence for something she doesn’t want to remember. Back in Drogheda, everything and everyone is different. Her best friend Charlene is getting married and asks Mary to be a maid of honour, but when Charlene takes away Mary’s plus one privileges stating that she probably wouldn’t be able to find a date, Mary finds a determination to prove her wrong , but her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone - until she meets Jess and everything changes.
Directed by Darren Thornton with a cast including Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey, Denise McCormack and Siobhán Shanahan.
Galway Film Fleadh takes place between July 5 and 10 with a programme that features over 150 films from 60 different countries.