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Friday Feature Films

Festival Pass

Front of House Price €60

Online Ticket Price €50

Your FESTIVAL PASS gives you access to all of our features and shorts over the four days of the festival.


Official Opening Film - Friday August 31st
50th Anniversary Screening of Hell in the Pacific with Q&A with
John Boorman directly after the film

Hell in the Pacific

During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?

Directed by John Boorman
Written by Alexander Jacobs, Eric Bercovici and Reuben Bercovitch
Produced by Reuben Bercovitch, Henry G. Saperstein and Selig J Seligman
Running Time: 103 Mins
Origin: Ireland
Tickets €7

John Boorman

What’s the worst that could happen? Desperate to parade his drunken impression of his favorite samurai to the man himself, Lee Marvin convinced director John Boorman to travel to the Rock Islands of Palau to film his ultimate showdown with Toshiro Mifune in 1968’s Hell in the Pacific. 

Hell in the Pacific chronicles the mini-war raged between a fallen American pilot and a marooned Japanese Navy Captain on a lump of rock in the middle of the ocean. Over the course of the film, both combatants trade places being the cat and the mouse. The World War II microcosm inevitably fading away as each man chooses human connection over his country’s conflict

According to John Boorman’s biography, Adventures of a Suburban Boy, Marvin was greatly disturbed by the ceremony, and it sent the Marine deep into the bottle that night. This was simply the beginning of a tumultuous and cantankerous shoot.

The Underground Cinema Film Festival are delighted and honored to have John Boorman along to the festival and to speak about his time on this notoriously difficult shoot. 

White Drugs and Other Vices - Friday September 31st at 5pm - The Carlisle Suite

White Drugs and Other Vices

Over the course of a night out, a young, wealthy drug addict seeks revenge on his cheating ex-girlfriend.

Written and Directed by Andrew Laurence Barnes
Produced by Lorcan Murphy
Running Time 94 Mins