Stella Days

The Phoenix Cinema – 7.30pm €10

Starring Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea, Trystan Gravelle, Marcella Plunkett, Tom Hickey, Amy Huberman
Directed by Thaddeus OʼSullivan
Produced by Jackie Larkin, Lesley McKimm, Maggie Pope
Written by Antoine O Flatharta

Stella Days, starring Martin Sheen, is a story of a man whose love is the church and whose passion is the cinema. Set in the rural community of Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary in the mid 1950s – it views a world on the cusp of the modern era with introduction of rural electrification, a time stimulating both excitement and apprehension.

Daniel Barry, parish priest of Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, feels like the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although he works hard to fulfil his duty, he has nothing in common with his parishioners and secretly fears he has lost his vocation. The things that make his life worthwhile – music, and especially, film – he enjoys alone. When forced by his Bishop to start a big fund-raising campaign for a new church, he attempts to reconcile his passion for film with his duty to the Church through the creation of the Stella Cinema. Stella Days encapsulates the dilemma of Ireland in the mid-1950s – on the cusp of the modern but still clinging to the traditions of church and a cultural identity forged in very different times.

There will be a short film of Michael O’Sullivan before the feature film

Michael O’Sullivan: Ag Caint

Interviewed by Liam Cronin
Directed by Maurice Galway Edited by Rory Kirby

Michael will be dearly missed, he was a gentleman in the truest sense, I will miss the great conversations on film we had together. His excitement for a film was true in every respect, even the film poster which he would un-roll with reverence. His introductions to the Tuesday night film club in The Phoenix are legendary and will be remembered by everyone who witnessed them.

He was so welcoming to any Dingle Film Festival guest, which included, Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Miles, Sir Alan Parker, Jim Sheridan and many more. Gabriel Byrne when receiving The Gregory Peck Award in The Phoenix praised Michael for his outstanding work for Irish cinema and sent him a personal copy of ‘Usual Suspects’ to thank him. The respect for Michael within the film industry was huge. I am only sorry that he will no longer be part of the festival, but his spirit will always be in The Phoenix Cinema. I will truly miss him but remember fondly so many fun times we had together.

Image of Michael O’Sullivan by Elaine Kennedy



The Phoenix Cinema – 5.30pm €10

Director: Morten Tyldum
Producer: Marianne Gray
Script: Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg, Jo Nesbo
Cinematography: John Andreas Andersen
Print Source: Momentum Pictures

Hodejegerne (Headhunters) is Morten Tyldum’s film adaptation of Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo’s best-selling novel and features aptly named Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) who has a closely guarded façade as a successful man with an ability to match the right person with the right job and a beautiful wife, Diana (Synnove Macody Lund). But Roger is uncertain of his identity and plays art thief in his spare time to maintain a lifestyle that he cannot afford. All is about to unravel when Roger’s alter-ego, Klas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) lands in Oslo.

“Headhunters has long-since established itself as one of the most exciting, flat-out captivating thrillers to come around in quite some time.”
David Nusair, REEL TIME


Death of a Super Hero
EXTRAS : Making of … Q&A

ST. James’Church – 6.00pm €15

Andrew Meehan
Andrew is Development Executive with the IFB. As a member of the agency’s core creative team, this role has a close consultative function with regard to feature films, documentaries, animations and short films submitted for development and production funding.

Ian Fitzgibbon – The Director
Ian FitzGibbon was born in Dublin and raised in Brussels, Belgium. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where he took a degree in French and Spanish. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Ian’s acting career includes; Prime Suspect and Father Ted.

FitzGibbon began to direct 10 years ago. Between Dreams, one of his first short films was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival. He then went on to write and direct Paths To Freedom. His first feature, the critically acclaimed A FilmWithMe In It had its North American premiere at TIFF2008. It was nominated for numerous Irish film awards and it went on to win the special jury prize for best international film at the Istanbul International Film Festival.

Perrier’s Bounty, starring Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent, received its world premiere at the TIFF2010. It also opened the 4th Dingle Film Festival. DEATH OF A SUPERHERO is his third feature. He is currently shooting Threesome, a new comedy series for Big Talk / Comedy Central in London.

Michael Garland – The Producer
Michael Garland worked as Financial Controller for Palace Production, working on such projects as Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves and The Crying Game, and Michael Caton-Jones’ Scandal.

In 1995 he produced This is the Sea starring Richard Harris and Gabriel Byrne. He produced Accelerator and was Executive Producer on Johnny Gogan’s The Last Bus Home. Grand Pictures was established in early 000 with Paul Donovan and has produced the award-winning TV series Paths to Freedom and Fergus’sWedding. Spin the Bottlewas a domestic box office hit, won a number of IFTAs and also best feature at the Boston Irish Film Festival.

In 2000 Michael co-produced Puffball, directed by Nicolas Roeg. He acted as executive producer on School Run, Grand Pictures TV drama, then produced The Race, an Irish / German co-production starring Colm Meaney. He was Executive Producer on Wide Open Spaces and most recently, he executive produced Val Falvey and Trivia for RTE.

He is currently developing Jean Pasley’s King of The Pipers, The Dead Spit of Kelly based on the short story by Flann O’Brien and Winterwood based on the novel by Patrick McCabe. He has just finished executive producing TITANIC – BLOOD AND STEEL.

Michael McElhatton – The actor
Michael’s recent film and TV project includes: James Clarke in Superhero, (Ian Fitzgibbon), Mr Moore in Albert Nobbs, (Rodrigo García), Albert Hatton in Titanic, Blood and Steel (Ciarán Donnelly) and Lord Roose Bolton in Game Of Thrones (various). Other recent work includes Frank in Parked (Darragh Byrne) and Pat Lynch in the Oscarnominated short Pentecost (Peter McDonald). Other recent work includes Ross in The Santa Incident for Parallel Films and Heuber in Zen for the BBC (director, Simon Bourke).


Give up Tomorrow

ST. James’ Church – 8pm €10

Director: Michael Collins

Producer: Marty Syjuco

As a tropical storm beats down on the Philippine island of Cebu, two sisters leave work and never make it home…GIVE UP TOMORROW exposes a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly corrupt public officials, drug dealers, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. It is also an intimate family drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry and sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man, Paco Larrañaga.


The Kid with a Bike

The Phoenix Cinema – 3.30pm €10

Directors/Script/Cinematography: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Producers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd Print Source: Artificial Eye

Cyril, almost 1 , has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn’t recognise the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.


Shorts Programme 2

ST. James’Church – 4pm €6 Running Time: 89mins

Water Rising

Directed and Produced byMuireann de Barra and Aisling Crudden

sIn the wake of mass protests against water privatization in Bolivia, Water Rising documents a community in crisis and transition in the early 1st Century where private control over water failed to meet basic needs. Told through personal stories of those working and living in the teeming city of El Alto, the film shares intimate portraits of a vast fledgling city where chaos, poverty and community resilience meet on the fringes of Bolivian society.

Leave To Remain

Director/Producer/Writer: Anna Byrne

sAll over the world, children are forced to leave their country of origin due to war and poverty, many trafficked by ‘agents’ to another country, many not knowing where they were going. These children are known as separated immigrant children. In Leave to Remain, a young man remembers his time spent in Irish residential care as one of these children.

Stolen Children, Stolen Lives

Directed, Filmed and Produced by Gerry O’Sullivan Edited by Cara Holmes

sThis documentary describes the detention, arrests, abuses and imprisonment of Palestinian children, aged 9 to 15, by Israeli security forces in Hebron in February 010 It shows the impact on the children and the impact on Israeli soldiers.


FOCUS: JAM – Motion Innovation

The future is mobile

an Díseart – 3.30pm €15

In association with MEDIA Desk Ireland
The workshop will be introduced by Siobhan O’Donoghue, CEO, MEDIA Desk Ireland
Chaired by Michael Ryan, Producer, The English Patient and Planet 51

JAM Media is an award-winning Dublin based animation company which creates, develops and produces entertainment brands for children. The company’s software IP’Headhunter’ is a multi-platform application that allows viewers to personalise JAM Media’s story driven, interactive animated series to create rich, unique user generated content. JAM employs 50 talented individuals from the animation world right through to story developers and software engineers. Picme (RTE, Nickelodeon, 104 x 5′) was the first successful show to reach international audiences having been sold into more than 80 territories. This was followed quickly by Funky Fables (BBC, 26 x 11′).

As well as Tilly and Friends (BBC, 52 X 11′), JAM is currently completing production of a second series of the RTS winning series Roy (BBC,26 x 28′) which is now screening on BBC1. They are also about to go into production on the second series of Baby Jake (BBC/Darrall/Macqueen, 52 x 11′).

Since its inception in 2002 JAM have produced over 40 hours of quality, story driven, internationally recognised animation and live-action content.

sJohn Rice – An award winning producer and director who began his animation career in feature film at 0th Century Fox in the States. This was followed by a stint at MTV in NewYork where he spent two years as the lead character designer on a number of projects. Being familiarwith both pre and post production and with the technologies associated with both, John set up Jam Media in 2002 with two college friends. The studio has produced the award winning pre-school series Picme with RTE, Funky Fables with the BBC and most recently the twice Bafta nominated Roy which won the RTS Award for Best Children’s Drama in 010. John holds a Masters in Multi-Media fromTrinity College, Dublin.

sDirecor – Alan Shannon – Prior to co-founding JAM Media, Alan worked with a variety of International animation houses, including TheWalt Disney Corporation. Alan is currently directing the second series of ‘Roy ‘ for BBC. He is also director on Baby Jake and Tilly and Friends. Alan directed Funky Fables for BBC and has also directed 104×5 min episodes of the award winning preschool animated series Picme for RTE. Alan has also animated on the Academy Award Nominated film Give Up Yer Auld Sins and directed/animated numerous TV adverts and short films including The Last Elk and the multi award winning short Badly Drawn Roy .

sProducer – Mark Cumberton
– Prior to co-founding JAM Media Mark worked withWalt Disney Feature animation on The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules and also with Don Bluth Studios in Ireland as a Special Effects Animator. Mark is currently producing the second series of Roy 02 for BBC. He is also producing Baby Jake and Tilly and Friends. He was the producer on Roy – season one and produced Funky Fables for BBC. He production managed 104 x 5 minute episodes of the award winning preschool animated series Picme for RTE. Mark has also produced several short films award winning Irish Film Board funded films such as Badly Drawn Roy and Escape.


Shorts Programme 1


Director/Writer: Shimmy Marcus Producer: Ciara Gillian DOP: CathalWaters

sRhinos tells the story of young couple Ingrid and Thomas, thrown together by circumstance, who despite a language barrier, learn more about each other than they thought possible over the course of a few eventful hours.While Ingrid is vivacious, carefree, and full of life, Thomas is reserved, introverted, and bashful. But during their time together, they learn to communicate in many ways other than language, and help each other resolve problems in their own lives.

The Hood & The Collar

Director: Paddy Hayes Producer: Ciara Nic Chormaic
Production Company:Magamedia

sBelfast, 1971. IRA man Francie McGuigan is interned without trial. His British army captors place a hood over his head, and they beat and torture him. But Francie has other plans, he’s going to escape …

The Marvels of Mick Murphy

Directors: EtainMcGuckian & Clare O’Connor of Trollywood Films
Produced by Trollywood Films
Edited by EtainMcGuckian, Clare O’Connor & BenMilling

sThe Circus rode into town and much to his parents dismay Mick Murphy got involved in street preforming from a young age. Inviting the viewer into his magical life, Mick captures a sense of old Ireland and how home is where the true heart lies.

2 Tonne Hands

23mins/2011/Ireland/english and Polish/Colour
Director/Writer: LiamClarke Producer LiamClarke & Pauline Collet
Director of Photography: Daniel Doyle Editor: LiamClarke
Production Designer: Elizabeth Bourke Composer: HannahMarshall

sA shy, young unemployed Polish builder – stranded in Ireland – applies his big, awkward hands to learning music to help him communicate and turn his life around.


10.56mins/Ireland/Colour/Digibeta PaL
Director/Writer: John Corcoran Producer: Jean Igoe

sIreland, 1923. After having served in the British Army during WorldWar One, a young man, Padraig, has finally returned home to assume ownership of his late father’s pub. He finds that much has changed since he left years previously. His old friends and neighbours have mixed feelings- some are sympathetic, while others view him as a traitor. He struggles to return to normal life, while all the time the cataclysmic events of the war are never far from his mind.

The End of the Reel

Director/Writer: Ailish Bracken Producers: Ailish Bracken, Niall O’Connor
and John Quinn Director of Photography: Niall O’Connor
Editor: ShirleyWeir

sA touching and bittersweet drama with real warmth, The End of the Reel depicts the emotional lengths a lonely old man will go to in order to reconnect with his dead wife.


The Fairy


The Phoenix Cinema -1.30pm €10

Director: Dominique Abel, Bruno Romy, Fiona Gordon Script: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy Print Source: Verve Pictures

Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial sea port of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona. She tells Dom she is a fairy and grants him three wishes. Fiona makes two wishes come true then mysteriously disappears. Dom, who by then has fallen in love with Fiona, searches for her everywhere …


Educational Programme : Clár Oideachasúil

The CinemoBile

Script Structure: Brendan Foley

ST. James’Church 11.00am €15
Feature film writer-director, producer and best-selling author

His work includes multi-award winning action-drama feature Johnny Was (Sony/First Look); marketing world-first thriller The Riddle (Image Entertainment), and satire-chiller Legend of the Bog (Lionsgate). He wrote the best-selling WWII Great Escape biography Under theWire (Random House), then co-created and co-wrote NBC’s environmental CGI animated series Shelldon. His films have starred Vinnie Jones, Derek Jacobi and Vanessa Redgrave. His screenplays have received awards fromFinal Draft, Australian International, EU Media II, and the Archer Prize.

Prior to working in film and books Brendan, who grew up in Belfast, was an award-winning international features journalist covering business, the environment and conflict in 77 countries, from oil spills in Alaska to bomb disposal in Africa. He lectures on screenwriting worldwide, has been a guest speaker on film-making at the Bill Clinton Presidential Library, North Sea Screen Partners, and The Danish Film School.

Screenplay Story and Structure
Brendan will give a talk on how story and structure vary from screenplays to other media such as books or TV and how story and structure work in different film genres. He will give some pointers on visually-driven screenwriting for buddingwriters and directors, on how their script can have added punch and be greetedwith cheers rather than groans by producers and studios.



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