Saturday 19 January 2019

The four Irish films screening at prestigious Tribeca Film Festival

Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley

The prestigious Tribeca Film Festival is well underway and four Irish films - three shorts and a feature - are screening this week.

Mary Shelley is a Wicklow-shot feature starring Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth and Tom Sturridge and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour.

It tells the story of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Fanning), the author of Frankenstein, from her tumultuous relationship with the already-married poet Percy Shelley, through their elopement, to the loss of their baby.  At the house of Lord Byron in Lake Geneva Mary pens her ghost story at the tender age of 18, but she is a woman and publishers will not print her book.

The film is an Ireland/UK/Luxembourg co-production and will screen in competition in the Spotlight Narrative strand.

Also screening this week is Late Afternoon, an animated short starring the legendary Fionnula Flanagan as an elderly woman who journeys back through her memories, living in both the past and the present.  Written and directed by Louise Bagnall it won Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Another short, Hey Ronnie Reagan, directed by Maurice O'Brien, takes a look back to 1984 and President Ronald Reagan's visit to the home of his ancestors in Ballyporeen in Tipperary.  It will screen as part of the Home Sweet Home strand of the festival.

Barry Ward stars in the third short screening this week. Time Traveller, directed by Steve Kenny, is about a boy who is obsessed with Back to the Future and attempts to build his own DeLorean replica before his family are evicted from their halting site.  It will screen in the Make of Break strand.

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