A curated selection of Ireland’s recent short films.
Taking the Waters
18 mins / Dir: Kathryn Ferguson, Anna Hart
When Walpole Bay Tidal Pool was built in 1937, Margate was one of the grandest resort towns in England. By the economic slump of the late 1970s, the pool was falling into disrepair. Today, Margate’s demographic has changed dramatically, and so has the way this vast sea pool is used. This short, meditative film explores the healing nature of the sea and the value of a true community pool in turbulent times.
Take Me Swimming
15 mins / Dir: Claire Dix
A son must overcome his own conflicted feelings and honour his father’s intentions to keep his mother alive, despite her expressed wish to the contrary.
12 mins / Dir: Nessa Wrafter
Though Kate knows she’s lucky to have become a mother, and her instincts toward her baby are fiercely protective, post-natal trauma and hallucinations make the world increasingly hard to bear. Can anything pull her back to reality – before it’s too late?
Gra & Eagla (Love & Fear)
15 mins / Dir: Catríona Ní Chadhain / English and Irish with English subtitles
A short documentary examining Irish people’s attitudes towards our native language. The story follows comedian Áine Gallagher as she prepares material for her bilingual stand-up comedy show, giving her an opportunity to explore why so many Irish people feel passionately about the Irish language but lack the confidence to speak it.
8 mins / Dir: Mike Andrews
Pigsy tells the story of an artist who has struggled his whole life with severe dyslexia. Being dyslexic brought feelings of shame and inferiority, but Pigsy took those feelings and channelled them into creating art to express himself.
7 mins / Dir: Tom Speers
When two adolescent boys become aware of their budding sexuality they uncover the pain and longing of the human heart. A sensitively told story exploring how a sense of danger, shame and confusion can intensify a series of fleeting exchanges and ultimately prove overwhelming.
3 mins / Dir: Lisa O’Sullivan
Exploring the strange limbo state that we experience in the aftermath of a break up, Lint follows one person’s bizarre attempt at regaining some sense of normality.
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- 90 mins