March 23rd – March 26th 2017

The Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) website has been launched for this year’s programme, and to celebrate this launch, we have a very special list of screenings to announce. Dingle IFF is one of the foremost destinations in the national film festival circuit, and this year, there are many diverse and splendid screenings on offer for the first time in Ireland. These discoveries feature both established and new talent from the international film industry, and you can be the first in the country to see them on the big screen. Covering all genres of films, these enthralling Irish premieres are an unmissable experience for filmgoers of all ages.



The festival will open with a digital screening of Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE, a stylish and action-packed film that features an impressive ensemble cast, including Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, and Michael Smiley. The film will be playing at The Phoenix Cinema on Thursday March 23rd. Ben Wheatley will be at the festival to introduce the film, and will attend an exclusive Q & A following the screening, along with John Maguire, film critic for the Sunday Business Post.

Set in Boston in 1978, an arms deal in a deserted warehouse goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. When a disagreement between two gangs leads to shots fired, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival. With quick fire dialogue, fast paced excitement, and lots of sharply funny interactions, FREE FIRE will be an explosive event to kick-start the festival into high gear, and is sure to take the audience’s breath away.

Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST; HIGH-RISE; SIGHTSEERS; DOWN TERRACE) is one of the most innovative new directors in British cinema, with a unique visual flair and a dark sense of humour. His films have captivated a new generation of filmgoers, and Dingle IFF is delighted to present his latest and greatest entry.




THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, directed by Jim Sheridan and featuring an internationally renowned cast, will be screening in The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March.

The film is adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Sebastian Barry, who was recently awarded the Costa Book of the Year prize for Days Without End, becoming the first novelist to win the prestigious prize twice. THE SECRET SCRIPTURE tells the story of an elderly woman, Rose, who keeps a diary of her extended stay at a psychiatric institution. Rose is convicted of murdering her newborn child, but proclaims her innocence. She recounts the story of her life during the events of Irish religious and political upheaval during the first half of the 20th century, which leads to her incarceration.

The film features an internationally renowned cast—Rooney Mara (CAROL, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO); Vanessa Redgrave (JULIA, ATONEMENT); Jack Reynor (SING STREET, FREE FIRE); Eric Bana (MUNICH, THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE); Theo James (DIVERGENT SERIES); Aidan Turner (THE HOBBIT SERIES); Susan Lynch (WAKING NED); and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (LOVE/HATE).

Six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan—famed for MY LEFT FOOT (1989); THE FIELD (1990); INTO THE WEST (1992); IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993); THE BOXER (1997); and IN AMERICA (2003)—has a proud association with Dingle IFF. In 2009, Sheridan was the recipient of that year’s Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film. Jim returned in 2014 to present two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern with The GP Award.



Stanley A Man of Variety

STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, a hysterical and moving comedy,  features legendary screen actor Timothy Spall performing all the principal roles. The film will be playing at The Phoenix cinema on Friday March 24th. This tour-de-force event will also include a Q&A session with the film’s director, Stephen Cookson, and the film’s producer, Peter Keegan. This Q & A will be chaired by Gerard Stembridge, screenwriter of ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL (2000).

STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is about the title character, Stanley, a man who finds himself in prison for a crime that he believes he didn’t commit. After many years in solitary confinement, he begins to see hallucinations of sixteen flamboyant and quirky characters from the past, as each one takes him on a journey inside his own mind to try to help him remember what he has done.

Timothy Spall, who also co-wrote the film with Stephen Cookson, won the ‘Edgeware Outstanding Achievement Award’ at the UK Film Festival in London for his performances in this film. Director Stephen Cookson is excited about the Irish premiere of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY at this prestigious festival: “I am a huge fan of Dingle Film Festival having visited it for this first time this year [2016] … STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is a passion project for Timothy Spall and I. We both wanted to make something that’s completely original and memorable—and I think we achieved that”.


John (James Barnes) and Alice (Katharine Davenport) on the beach

WILDERNESS, directed by Justin John Doherty, will be a European Premiere, and is screening at St James’ Church on Saturday 25th March. Neil Fox, the writer of WILDERNESS, will introduce the film, and will attend a Q & A alongside Gerard Stembridge after the screening.

WILDERNESS is about a touring jazz musician, John, who meets a woman named Alice, and the two flee to the coast for a romantic getaway. They come into contact with strangers and friends and the bubble threatens to burst as they discover the vulnerabilities, flaws and manipulations that were previously masked by the blissful wave of new love.

WILDERNESS is Justin John Doherty’s first feature film, following over 15 years working in the industry. He has been a freelance director and producer for commercial work since the age of 20, and honed his skills more specifically as an editor on a series of documentaries for television (AL JAZEERA, BBC) between 2010 and 2014. His last narrative film, a short called IT’S NATURAL TO BE AFRAID, (2010) played at 27 festivals, winning 7 awards. He is also the co-founder of Filmstock International Film Festival, which ran from 2000 to 2009 in the UK and Hungary.

Neil Fox has written three short films—CLANDESTINE (2006), IT’S NATURAL TO BE AFRAID (2010), and A PASSING PLACE (2012). WILDERNESS is his first screenplay for a feature film.


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Cass Warner, director and producer of Hopper: In His Own Words, will introduce this Irish premiere at St James’ Church on Friday 24th March. She will also participate in a Q & A after the screening. HOPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS is an insightful documentary featuring the legendary Oscar-nominated actor Dennis Hopper speaking about his career, shortly before his death in 2010.

Cass Warner is a third-generation filmmaker—her writer/producer father, Milton Sperling, was nominated twice for an Oscar; and her grandfather, Harry Warner, was the President and one of the founders of Warner Bros. studios.

Cass carries on the original Warner Bros. motto by making films that “educate, entertain and enlighten” with her independent production company, Warner Sisters. While raising her four children, Cass authored a definitive, best-selling biography, “The Brothers Warner,” on the Warner family. The award-winning feature documentary THE BROTHERS WARNER (2007) was directed, written, produced and narrated by Cass.

Cass will also be attending an “Independent Journeys” event at the Dingle Pow-Wow on 25th March  to talk about her life and career.




Mieke Vanmechelen, director, writer and producer of RATH, will introduce the World Premiere of her film and participate in a Q & A session after the screening at St James’ Church on Thursday 23rd March.

RATH is a documentary that chronicles the life of Brendan O’Sullivan, an elderly resident of the town of Rath near Kenmare, Co. Kerry, who has a unique story to tell about his cultural upbringing.

Mieke Vanmechelen is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, BA. (1996) and CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, MA. (2014). With a background in painting, Vanmechelen increasingly works in film. Her works evolve from a combined affinity for the psychoanalytical and a deep sense of connectedness to the cycles of nature, the artist lives and farms on the Beara Peninsula.


The Other Kids

The European Premiere of THE OTHER KIDS will be screening in St James’ Church on Thursday 23rd March.

Directed by Chris Brown, THE OTHER KIDS is an intimate look at the struggles of six small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation. The film won ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the Florida Film Festival, and ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the New Orleans Film Festival.

San Francisco writer/director Chris Brown has been making features and documentaries for over a decade. In 2015, he co-produced the acclaimed documentary ON HER OWN, which premiered internationally at HotDocs and was declared “a must see” by Moviemaker Magazine. A RIVER CHANGES COURSE, the groundbreaking feature documentary that Brown edited and associate produced, won the ‘Grand Jury Award’ at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and ‘Best Documentary Feature’ at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival. His third fictional feature, FANNY ANNIE & DANNY (2010), won 16 awards internationally, and was hailed “an indie masterpiece” by The Huffington Post, and a “Critics’ Pick’ by The New York Times.



The Karamazoffs

The Irish premiere of THE KARAMAZOFFS (A WALK ON THE SOHO YEARS) will be screening in Saturday 25th March at St James’ Church.

Directed by Juan Gamero, THE KARAMAZOFFS  is a documentary about a group of Barcelona contemporary artists, The Karamazoffs, who arrived at the abandoned factories of New York’s SoHo, now occupied by artists from around the world. They then take part in one of the most colourful periods of contemporary art, along with colleagues and pioneers of the 1960s-1980s era, such as Jonas Mekas and Jaime Davidovich.

Juan Gamero is a long experienced director working in television and cinema. In the early 90s, he directed PRISMA for TVE (Spanish public television), and a series of 26 documentaries and fiction films selected for INPUT 1990. With his company Paradocs, he has been a producer, director, screenwriter, photographer, and editor of documentaries filmed in Bali, Ecuador, Cuba, and Mali. Since 1997, he is a member of the European Documentary Network (EDN). His most recent work is THE KARAMAZOFFS.



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THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is a beautiful animation written and directed by Sébastien Laudenbach, who will introduce this Irish premiere on Saturday 25th March in The Phoenix Cinema. The film’s producer, Jean-Christophe Soulageon, and Tomm Moore, Annecy Award winner and two-time Oscar nominated animator for THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009), and SONG OF THE SEA (2014), will participate in a Q & A following the screening.

THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is about a young woman who is sold by her father to the devil; she escapes, but loses her hands. She is then taken on a mystical journey where she encounters the goddess of water, a gentle gardener, and a prince in his castle.

Sébastien Laudenbach has directed six short films, and wrote eight short films. THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is his first feature film. It also has been nominated for a César Award for ‘Best Animated Film’. In his career, Sébastien has been nominated for two Annecy Cristal Awards, and was nominated for a ‘Discovery Award’ at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for VASCO (2010).


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David Noel Bourke, director and writer of BAKERMAN, will introduce the Irish premiere of his film at St James’ Church on Friday 24th March. David will also attend a Q & A after the screening.

BAKERMAN is an atmospheric thriller about a man who has a mid-life crisis and starts to disperse vigilante justice to settle some old scores.

An efficient writer, director, and editor, David has made three independent feature films: LAST EXIT (2003), NO RIGHT TURN (2009), and BAKERMAN (2016). These films have been launched around the world from US, Germany, Sweden and Denmark. BAKERMAN was screened at CPH:PIX 2016, the biggest film festival in Denmark.



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Pouria Heidary Oureh, director, writer and producer of APRICOT GROVES,

will introduce the Irish premiere of APRICOT GROVES, at St James’ Church on Saturday 25th March.

APRICOT GROVES is about an Iranian-Armenian man who had immigrated to the U.S in childhood, and now returns home to propose to his Armenian girlfriend whom he met in the States.

From a young age, Pouria Heidary Oureh was interested in visual and performance arts and storytelling, especially through drawings. He graduated from SAE institute of Digital Film in Dubai. APRICOT GROVES is Poruia’s first feature film; his other screen credits are the documentary GOHAR KHEIRAMDISH A FILMOGRAPHY (2015), the short SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY (2014), and the short BEYOND THE DEADEND (2012). These films have been shown at festivals all over the world.


Dingle IFF 2017 is one of our biggest years for Irish premieres, and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to screen them for the local film-loving audience at the culturally revered Phoenix Cinema and St James’ Church. Dingle IFF 2017 has launched—come and join the ride.

The Dingle International Film Festival will run March 23-26, 2017. Housed within this Gaeltacht area, Dingle IFF is proud to promote the Irish language and is the only festival offering an award for Irish Script writing with its Físín event. Dingle is home to many filmmakers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Star Wars, Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.

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