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100 Years of Cinema – Contemporary Irish Documentary with Paula Kehoe, Pat Collins, Alan Gilsenan and Claire Dix

Galway City of Film concludes its 100 Years of Irish Cinema programme with a look at Contemporary Irish Documentary as Social Commentary. Paula Kehoe, Galway-based Australian filmmaker, has chosen three seminal Irish documentaries that will screen at An Taibhdhearc, Galway city from 12pm on Saturday afternoon, December 3rd.

The films and discussion are FREE to attend and tickets will operate on a first come, first served basis.

Paula Kehoe is a filmmaker with a diverse background in the creative arts. She recently created Ireland’s first narrative-led VR 360 film, I am Galway 2020 as Filmmaker in Residence for Galway’s successful bid for European Capital of Culture in 2020. This film was shown to the ECOC 2020 jury as part of Galway’s bid presentation and was highly impressive and influential in Galway being awarded the designation. Her passion is creative documentary because of the myriad possibilities for telling stories in ways that stretch the boundaries of form and genre. An Dubh in Gheal: Assimilation explores the relationship between indigenous Australians and the Irish and won the Radharc Award in 2014. Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion is a critically acclaimed creative portrait of the revolutionary Irish poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi.

Since 1999, Pat Collins has made over 30 films. His first film Michael Hartnett, Necklace of Wrens won the Jury Award at the Celtic Film Festival in 2000. He has directed documentaries on the Irish writers John McGahern, Frank O’ Connor, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Tim Robinson and the filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (co-directed with Fergus Daly). He completed his first feature film Silence in 2012, which was released by New Wave Films in the UK. He is currently completing a short documentary film ‘Twilight’ which was funded by the Arts Council and a feature film on the singer Joe Heaney.

Alan Gilsenan is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and theatre director. Most recently, he has directed an experimental life of WB Yeats A Vision: A Life of WB Yeats; as well as writing and directing the feature film Unless, starring Catherine Keener and based upon the last novel of Carol Shields. It received its world premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. His many other films include: The Road To God Knows Where, All Souls’ Day, The Green Fields of France, Zulu 9,The Ghost of Roger Casement, Timbuktu, The Dark School, The Bloody Canvas and The Yellow Bittern as well as the acclaimed documentary series The Asylum, The Hospice and I See A Darkness. He is a former Chairman of the Irish Film Institute, as well as formerly being a member of the Irish Film Board and the Board of RTÉ. He is currently on the Board of the creative writing organisation Fighting Words.

Claire Dix is an award winning filmmaker, working in both fiction and documentary film. After a couple of years directing TV, Claire became involved with DCTV as a programmer developer and director and this experience of community based arts practice left a deep impact on her documentary work. It lead to her first feature documentary “Broken Song” in 2013 which premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Here it won both the Audience and the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award. Her short fiction films have also won several national and international awards. Downpour, funded by the Irish Film Board, has won a total of eight international awards including Best Irish Short at Foyle Film Festival 2011. She has been nominated for an IFTA twice and is currently in pre-production with a Film Board Short Film written by Ailbhe Keogan.

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