Three documentaries produced through Galway Film Centre funding schemes will screen at this years 30th Galway Film Fleadh.
Science on Screen is an Galway City of Film initiative by Galway Film Centre with CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research into Medical Devices. The scheme offers funding to filmmakers to produce a documentary that engages with research currently underway at CÚRAM. The funding strand for creative documentaries set in the world of science is now in its third year and it’s main aim to to promote the publics understanding of science. Bittersweet was the 2017 recipient of the Science on Screen Commission.
Bittersweet is a half-hour documentary directed by Hugh Rodgers and produced by both Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic of Invisible Thread Films. The film captures the health system’s fight to treat the rising number of diabetic patients, and warns against this troubling epidemic facing our population. It follows the personal stories of young people who are living with diabetes and their daily struggle to manage it. Over the course of the documentary, we also discover ground breaking research and development in pharmacology and biomedical science, capturing the important work of CÚRAM’s Prof David Brayden and his team at UCD’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where they are developing new ways of delivering insulin to the body. Bittersweet is screening on Wednesday 11th July at 11am in The Town Hall Theatre as part of the Way Out West screening. Tickets and more details are available here.
Dig Where You Stand is a Galway Film Centre funding scheme for young documentry filmmakers based in Galway city and county. The scheme is funded by both Galway City Council and Galway County Council and the documentaries produced in 2017 are titled ‘Console my Heart’ and ‘Grá & Eagla’.
Console My Heart is directed by James Ward and produced by Will Smith of Flying Knee Productions. The documentary is an intimate portrait of Veronica Ncube, a former aslyum seeker from South Africa who now resides in Galway City. The film delves into her experiences as an asylum seeker in the Direct Provisions Systems and her future aspirations to be an opera singer. Console My Heart is screening on Thursday 12th July at 12pm in the Town Hall Theatre as part of the ‘Irish Talent, New Shorts 2 Documentaries’ screening. Tickets and more details are available here.
Grá & Eagla is directed by Caitríona Ní Chadhain with Slip Jig Media. The film is a bilingual documentary that looks at the Irish psyche and questions the strange dichotomy of love and fear, which some Irish people feel towards our native language. It follows Galway based comedian Áine Gallagher as she prepares material for her bi-lingual stand-up comedy shows and the film offers fresh insight into what it means to be an Irish-speaker in modern Ireland and encouragement to future Irish speakers. Grá & Eagla is screening on Sunday 15th July at 11.45am in the Town Hall Theatre as part of the ‘Irish Talent, New Shorts 8 Documentaries’ screening. Tickets and more details are available here.
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