Monday 23 September 2019

Bleeding Pig Film Festival is returning

John Manning

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival is back for its fourth edition from Monday, September 9 to Wednesday, September 11 in Keeling's of Donabate and this year it wraps up its line-up of impressive short films with new Irish feature film Float Like a Butterfly on the third night.

This film is a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging.

This unmissable multi award-winning Irish film shot in West Cork is about championing the underdog and features stellar performances from an outstanding cast, including rising star Hazel Doupe. Regulars of the festival may spot that Hazel starred in last year's feature Michael Inside.

Also starring are Dara Devaney, Johnny Collins and Hilda Fay.

Float Like a Butterfly is written and directed by Carmel Winters, an award winning Irish film-maker and playwright who won theFIPRESCI Discovery award Award for the film at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, as well as the Audience Award at the Cork International Film Festival and Director's Choice Award at the Irish Film Festival, Boston.

The festival launches with an Opening Night reception (invite only) at 6.45pm on Monday, September 9.

Highlights of Monday night include award-winning documentary The Vasectomy Doctor by Paul Webster.

The subject of the film is the fascinating life of Dr Andrew Rynne, the first man to perform vasectomies in Ireland challenging the Irish laws governing sexuality.

Tuesday night is once again an F-rated programme with all films either written and/or directed by women. Mia Mullarkey , whose short documentary Throwline won the Audience Award last year, returns with her hard-hitting documentary Mother&Baby which offers a harrowing but cathartic insight into the despicable issue of Mother and Baby homes in Ireland.

Swords resident director Ian-Hunt Duffy returns this year with another thriller Low Tide. His award-winning film Gridlock was a close second in 2018 for the Audience Award.

He said: 'We had a great turnout for our film 'Gridlock' on the night, and Emma hosted a lively and engaging Q&A afterwards, so it was a great opportunity for film-makers to share and talk about their work in front of an enthusiastic audience. I'm delighted to be back again for my second year screening at the Bleeding Pig Film Festival with my new film 'Low Tide''.

The Family Way, a hilarious comedy drama written by Roisin Kearney and directed by Nuno Bernardo, stars Ciara Callaghan from Swords, an actress known for her many years in Fair City, RTE's Striking Out and a number of BBC productions.

'Tuna' is an animation from IADT graduate Cliona Noonan from Malahide.

Other highlights of the festival include two films in the Irish language, F-rated documentary Grá agus Eagla and comedy/drama Ronnachaí Buí. For the Love of Mary is a delightful short from the USA about a 97 -year-old runner.

Full details can be found at

Fingal Independent