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Galway Film Fleadh: Preview of Day Two

The Galway Film Fleadh: Day Two!
Picks for Wednesday 6th July
Preview by Sue Murphy

Before we take a look at some of the select picks of today, be sure to call in for the New Irish Shorts if you have a couple of hours free in the morning.  They start from 10am in the Town Hall Theatre and will be showcasing some of the best in upcoming Irish talent.  If you are up and about at this time, The Galway Film Centre will be presenting ID projects in Cinemobile at 10am, which aims to help communities to tell their stories through documentary film.

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
Anyone interested in film and aware of its origins will know the impact that The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari has made on modern cinema, and this is an amazing opportunity to see the old German classic on the big screen.  The film will be shown at 12.15 in the Omni and is completely worth a watch, displaying madness and murder, this film is often seen as the foundation of the German Expressionist film movement.

Blazing the Trail: The O’Kalems in Ireland
One of a few feature documentaries running today documents the time of the O’Kalems in Ireland, a group of motion picture pioneers who produced almost thirty films dealing with Ireland and Irish subjects.  Documenting Ireland, particularly Killarney in the early 1900’s, anyone interested in looking at old rural Ireland will be blown away by what was captured at this time.  The documentary will be shown in the Town Hall Theatre at 3pm.

Unlawful Killing
The first of two amazing evening picks is no doubt the documentary that is causing quite the stir around the festival circuit, Unlawful Killing, which deals with the death of Diana, implicating the Royal Family in the cover up of what happened following what they claim was the “murder” of the British Princess.  Keith Allen, producer of Unlawful Killing, who was at the centre of the inquest into Diana’s death, will attend a Press Conference in the Town Hall following the screening.  Controversially shown at Cannes, this will be the first time to view the documentary since then.  The screening begins at 7pm.

The Guard
Perhaps one of the highlights of the Fleadh, John Michael McDonagh brings his hit, The Guard to Galway for its Irish premiere.  This is one not to be missed.  The cast will be attending the screening in the Eye at 7pm and there will be another screening at 9pm.  The story follows Gerry Boyle, the “last of the independents” while he investigates a drug case brought to Ireland by the FBI.  Brendan Gleeson shines as Boyle and the supporting cast including Don Cheadle and Liam Cunningham are just as phenomenal.

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