In The Fish - Saturday August 31st in the Kingston Suite at 11am
In The Fish
Dream State - Saturday August 31st at 1pm in the Kingston Suite at 1245pm
Online Bille - Saturday August 31st in the Kingston Suite at 3pm
Blue Moon - Saturday August 31st at 5pm in the Kingston Suite
My Ireland - Saturday August 31st in the Martello Suite at 6pm
Walking On Water - Saturday August 31st in the Kingston Suite at 7pm
Walking On Water
A forgotten story of desperation, creativity and recovery, the film features unreleased, amazing 16 mm color footage, and exclusive memories of the flood by families such as Bargellini, Ferragamo, Pucci, Tayar, and by gifted artisans who survived nowadays thanks to men like Beppe Fantacci.
Full Circle - Saturday August 31st in the Martello Suite at 8pm
The lives of two men, an Irish war journalist and an American living in Ireland intertwine in an unusual tale of enlightenment and redemption.
Documentary Film-Maker and war journalist, Malcolm Walker (Michael Bates) returns to Ireland after his last production in Gaza went horribly wrong. A tragic accident occurred while filming his documentary about underground tunnels used by ‘Hamas’. This accident caused the death of Malcolm’s wife and producer Linda Walker (Susan Bracken).
Two years on and Malcolm barely recognizes himself or the man he has become. Poor life-choices leave Malcolm facing a night in the local police cell following an unfortunate altercation… But he’s not alone in the cell.
Enter Travis Sear (Mark Schrier), an American that met Malcolm some three years earlier and his cellmate for the night. Malcolm had interviewed Travis and his wife at the ancient site of Newgrange Co.Meath for another TV show at that time. Following the interview Travis and his wife Rose (Annette Kelly) were in a car accident. Travis survived, but his wife Rose was left in a catatonic state.
Travis now believes this car accident to be the result of the curse of the ‘Órach Stone’. An ancient stone that Rose found at Newgrange that day. And her taking it from the ancient site caused this curse and the subsequent accident. Travis believes that the ‘Órach Stone’ has to be returned to Newgrange and an ancient ritual performed with the chosen ones. Only this ritual can lift the curse that plagues Rose.
Having met Malcolm once again after all these years, Travis believes that Malcolm is a sign, and a chosen one. And he and only he can help perform this ancient ritual and bring Rose back. Seeing the opportunity of a story, Malcolm reluctantly agrees to help Travis on his journey. This journey will take Malcolm to places other than Newgrange as he struggles to face his own demons and deal with his own loss and the nightmarish memories of Gaza.
The Shape of History - Saturday August 31st at 830pm in the Kingston Suite
Widely regarded as one of the great figurative sculptors of Irish art, Rowan Gillespie is approaching the end of his long career. With a degree of trepidation, he agrees to take on one of his last major commissions; a series of bronze sculptures to stand on the harbour of Hobart, Tasmania, to remember the more than 13,000 Irish convict women and more than 2,000 children who were transported to the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land in Australia during the 19th century. Most of their crimes were petty, the theft of a handkerchief or some food to feed their children, but the punishment was severe; a minimum of 7 years hard labour on the other side of the world.
Leaving behind conditions of great poverty and even famine in Ireland, these banished women found themselves treated on arrival as little more than commodities under a brutal system that needed their labour and ultimately their offspring; the generations that would become modern day Australia.
The Shape of History follows Gillespie as he travels to Tasmania to find the descendants of Irish convict women who he hopes will model for him and represent their ancestors. Once there, he is profoundly moved by the forgotten stories of the women and children who were systematically mistreated by a brutal regime. The themes and issues Rowan confronts while researching and creating the statues resonate strongly with some of the major problems and crises facing the world in modern times; from the abuse and exploitation of women and the forced separation of children from their families, to the difficult questions around migration, citizenship and identity.
Internationally renowned for iconic bronze sculptures such as Famine (1997) in Dublin, and Migrants (2006) in Toronto, Gillespie uses the painstaking lost-wax casting method to create each of his major projects, working alone from conception to completion. Each figure created by Gillespie has an exhaustive body of research and thought behind it. They are not just symbolic representations of people, but real characters, each with their own story.
Moving between Australia and Gillespie’s studio in Ireland, The Shape of History follows a master craftsman at work, detailing the lengths he is willing to go to for his art. And finally, it documents the fascinating process of these incredible sculptures coming into existence, from conception, to creation, to installation at their new home on the harbour in Hobart, Tasmania, until they are finally unveiled to the public by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins during his state visit to Australia in November 2017.
Directed and Produced by John Higgins and Shane Brennan
Running Time 1hr 18 Mins