As part of Screen Talks, Pálás is preseting an ongoing series of talks with the best of Irish filmmaking talent as part of Galway 2020 and in association with Screen Ireland.
We're delighted to invite producer and editor of Shooting the Mafia, Niamh Fagan to discuss her career to date and her experience working in the Irish film industry with Dr Tony Tracy of NUIG Huston School of Film and Digital Media.
Project Baa Baa is a unique programme celebrating the cultural, economic and environmental contribution of sheep in Ireland and Europe. Through Project Baa Baa we aim to involve children and fans of animation (and those with a fascination for sheep!) in Ireland’s agricultural heritage. It runs for three weeks beginning from Saturday 16 May. Starting with the loveable Shaun the Sheep film, followed by Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon on 23 May.
On Thursday 28 May we will screen the documentary, Addicted to Sheep, about one family’s effort to breed the perfect sheep, produced by Magali Pettier and Jan Cawood of Provenance Films, with reception beforehand, at 6pm to launch the European Congress.
An additional film short FÍ, Irish wool fashion documentary by filmmaker, Perry Ogden, will be shown on Saturday 30 May as support to the WOOL Showcase event at Galway Museum.
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The diverse glories of the city of Galway are celebrated in song, performance and imagery in this lyrical bilingual documentary. Cumar (meaning confluence) stands as a rhapsody to Galway from its artistic community in 2020, the year it became European City of Culture. Filmed in a year’s turning, CUMAR features six Galway based artists and explores their homeplace as a source of impetus for artistic endeavour. In this timely film, you will encounter the distinctive voices of comedian Tommy Tiernan, writer Mike McCormack, poet Rita Ann Higgins, singer Róisín Seoighe, street theatre director Noeline Kavanagh, visual artist Pádraic Reaney and musician Máirtín O’Connor. Supported by the Arts Council and TG4.
In sharp contrast to the all pervasive romanticised and glamorised media image of the Sicilian Mafia, Kim Longinotto's feature documentary Shooting the Mafia, unflinchingly explores the stark reality of life, and death, under the oppressive yoke of the Corleonesi Mafia. Photographer Letizia Battaglia stood up to the Mafia and it is through her lens that we enter this world of ritualised slaughter, omertà, semi-religious oppression and feudal control. The scale of the mafia’s brutality and power is revealed through a combination of rare archive footage, newsreel and personal photographs and memories. The power of Letizia's photography and the bravery and dedication of people like her helped to finally bring to an end the brutal reign of a bunch of small town thugs who's reign of fear reached as far as the Italian presidency.
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home
When an alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep goes on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organization can capture her.
Set in the North Pennines, an intimate portrait of a year in the life of tenant hill farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson as they try to breed the perfect sheep. Through the sun, rain, sleet and snow, we watch the Hutchinsons toil away against the stark, stunning landscapes of North East England and witness the hard work it takes just to survive.
Fí, has been specially commissioned by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCOI) for Showcase 2019. The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is the Irish national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers.