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Galway Film Fleadh Preview: Day 4!

Galway Film Fleadh Preview: Day 4!
Preview by Sue Murphy
The Friday screenings at the Film Fleadh, could be considered the “Best of the Irish” day and there are some wonderful screenings in the mix today.  Of course, the day kicks off with the New Irish Shorts Programme in the Town Hall at 10am.

If you are not heading to the shorts this morning, a film which will definitely be worth checking out is Good Cake, Bad Cake: the Story of LIR.  The documentary examines the formation of the Irish band LIR, hotly tipped to be the next U2.  However, problems ensued within the band and management and the band never really got off their feet.  Pulled from the line up of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, this will be a unique opportunity to see the documentary, which will screen in the Cinemobile at 10am.

Perhaps one of my absolute favourite Irish productions will be screened in Cinemobile at 12pm, Frank Berry’s Ballymun Lullaby, which chronicles the story of music teacher Ron Cooney.  The music teacher spent a year of his life curating a collection of music, which gave a voice to the young people of Ballymun.  Capturing the heart of everyone who viewed this at previous festivals, this is certainly a must-see, hear-melting documentary.

At a previous festival, I was lucky enough to meet John Healy, the subject of documentary Barbaric Genius, and what a meeting it was.  Funny and heart-warming, it is completely understandable why he is the subject of this documentary.  The story of a man who went from street mugger and wino to chess champion and award-winning author, and how a single occurrence in his life changed everything.  The screening will take place in Cinemobile at 4pm.

Causing a lot of stir at this year’s fleadh is Ian Palmer’s Knuckle, which documents an epic 12-year journey into the world of the Irish Traveller community and that of bare-knuckle fighting.  The film follows James Quinn McDonagh and his younger brother Michael as they fight for their honour and family name, and has gained unique access to their lives.  The Director will attend the screening in the Town Hall at 7pm.

The last recommendation for today is a film that has been receiving a lot of attention world-wide and at festival screenings.  The Other Side of Sleep, written and directed by Rebecca Daly, follows the story of Arlene who wakes up in a wood one morning beside the body of a dead local girl.  Returning to her normal life, the body is discovered by local schoolgirls and soon talk of a murder ripples through the community.  Arlene, a sleepwalker since a young age, begins to deprive herself of sleep as she begins to worry she has had some involvement with the killing.  The Director and members of the cast will attend the screening and this screening comes extremely highly recommended.

If you are not checking out The Other Side of Sleep, please do go along to Treacle Junior, which will screen in Cinemobile at 10pm.  Aiden Gillen plays Tom who inexplicably walks out on his family one day, finds himself living on the streets and with a new friend Aidan and their cat, Treacle Junior.

What a day for Irish films and documentaries at the Fleadh!

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