ON THE BILL Paddy Breathnach’s topical film ‘Rosie’ tackles the Irish homelessness crisis. It features the first script that Roddy Doyle has written for the big screen in 17 years.
The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar has just announced its Spring 2019 programme, including the latest line-up of films for the Linenhall Film Club – a hugely popular strand of programming that continues to go from strength to strength. Programmed in collaboration with Access Cinema, the national resource organisation for regional cultural cinema exhibition in Ireland, the club offers a rich programme of world and arthouse films beyond the Hollywood experience.
Linenhall Film Club started screening in 1990 in association with the Federation of Irish Film Societies (the predecessor of Access Cinema). It has come on a long way from its early days of screening 16mm reel films on a stretched sheet of fabric in the original Linenhall gallery, and now offers a fully digital experience with 5.1 surround sound, and dedicated film screen, in the Linenhall’s theatre auditorium.
The Spring 2019 season includes nine films from seven different countries, most of which are multi-award winners from film festivals across the globe. Indeed two, ‘Cold War’ and ‘Shoplifters’, are shortlisted in the foreign film category for the upcoming Oscars.
“It’s important to offer a wide variety of top quality films, and to provide our audience with a programme that is both entertaining and culturally engaging,” explained The Linenhall’s Acting Artistic Director Orla Henihan, adding: “Feedback from our growing audience numbers suggests we are getting it right.”
As well as films from all over the world, Linenhall Film Club also focuses on home-grown talent. The forthcoming season features the new Roddy Doyle/Paddy Breathnach film ‘Rosie’ and the documentary ‘The Man Who Wanted to Fly’, by director Frank Shouldice, who will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A session.
The Linenhall also offers a schools programme of films in association with the Irish Film Institute’s Education Department, and films make up an important part of the Linenhall’s annual RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Festival.
The Linenhall Film Club screens films every second Tuesday from September to June. For more details, see the Linenhall Arts Centre’s printed programme, visit www.thelinenhall.com or call 094 9023733.