Documentary & Film Combo 2020

  • 14th Jan 2020
  • 20:00
  • 5 for €30
  • Droichead Arts Centre,
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Tuesday 14th January

Real lives, inspirational, sad, and funny stories..... from across the globe, for the first time experience a new season of documentaries and films at Droichead.  

YOU CAN SEE ANY 5 FILMS OR DOCUMENTARIES FOR ONLY €30

 

THE PONDS 
DIR: PATRICK MCLENNAN & SAMUEL SMITH | UK    
2019 | 74 MINS | CERT CLUB
TUE 14 JAN | 8PM | €8 

A year spent with the swimmers at London's unique swimming ponds. In a world of constant flux and chaos, it's almost a shock to discover some experiences remain natural, unhurried and unchanged. In the middle of metropolitan London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest, parkland, wildlife plus three swimming ponds. People swim in them all year round, whatever the weather, just as they did in the time of Keats and Constable, and our cameras filmed them over 12 months as they swam, laughed, sang, complained, ruminated, philosophised and simply sought respite from all that life threw at them.

Full of uncomplicated happiness” The Guardian

Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdRsNDUTwcA

 

AGAINST THE TIDE
DIR: STEFAN STUCKERT | UK
2019 | 87 MINS | CERT CLUB
TUE 21 JAN | 8PM | €8

A woman’s ambition, as she sets out to conquer Oceans Seven, a challenge consisting of the seven most dangerous sea-channels in the world,  testing both her athletic limits and her personal relationships. Driven by her desire to set an example for her autistic son and by her life-long battle with a debilitating illness, Beth aims to become the first person in history to swim all seven channels in one year. With each swim Beth gets stronger and more determined but as her dramatic journey nears its end, Beth’s burning desire to conquer the open sea comes into heart-rending conflict with a mother’s dreams for her son in an unpredictable and emotional climax. A feature documentary by the BAFTA-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Stefan Stuckert.

Tense and engrossing” TIME OUT

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/340774091

 

GAZA
DIR: GARRY KEANE & ANDREW MCCONNELL | IRE
2019 | 92 MINS | CERT CLUB
TUE 28 JAN | 8PM | €8


A portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict and going beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters. GAZA depicts a people plagued by conflict but not defined by it and as we journey through the physically broken and battered landscape, we let our cast of characters speak for themselves. Through them we gain a nuanced understanding of what life is really like for its citizens and by extension, grow and foster a rare familiarity and affinity with this truly unique place, as we build towards a tender portrait of a beleaguered humanity. Gaza is wholly cinematic in intent and delivery, with its breathtaking cinematography, orchestral score and masterful editing.

Winner of Best Documentary at the Dublin International Film Festival and Official Nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. 

“Personal, compassionate and beautifully shot” Hot Press

Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35Q1YHBOE1w

 

SORRY WE MISSED YOU

DIR: KEN LOACH | UK

2019 | 101 MIN | CERT:15 

TUE 4 FEB | 8PM | €8

Ken Loach’s latest critically acclaimed multi-award winning drama explores the consequences of zero hour contracts and the gig economy. Ricky and his wife Debbie are zero-hours workers. They are hard-working, loving parents, but with mounting debts and their teenage son going off the rails, the pressures begin to tear the family apart. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival

“an intimate and powerful drama”  - Variety

 

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysjwg-MnZao

 

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON 

DIR TYLER NILSON | US

2019 | 98 MINS | CERT 15

TUE 18 FEB | 8PM | €8

An American comedy-drama adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak,  a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Starring Shia LaBoeuf, Zack Gottsagen & Dakota Johnson.

“LaBeouf brings a winning combination of toughness and soul” – The Guardian

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACze83fG4wM

 

HAPPY AS LAZZARO

DIR: ALICE ROHRWACHERHAS | ITA

2018 | 130 MINS | CERT 15

TUE 31 MAR | 8PM | €8

Director Alice Rohrwacher has has crafted a thoughtful, surprising magical-realist fable that’s quite unlike anything else. While deeply attuned to the issues facing modern Italy, it never forgets the characters at the centre of this strange but wonderful drama. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and winner of the award for Best Screenplay.

“Beautiful and mysterious film, flowers into something inexpressibly moving” – The Guardian

TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3gS7BDmZlw&feature=youtu.be

 

BAIT

DIR: MARK JENKINS | UK

2019 | 89 MINS | CERT:15

TUE 7 APR | 8PM | €8


Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin’s breakthrough feature. Stunningly shot along the Cornish coast on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Bait is a timely and evocative film that gets to the heart of a community facing unwelcome change.

A thrillingly adventurous labour of love –a richly textured, rough-hewn gem”The Observer

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVlPl0SXFiE

 

A BUMP ALONG THE WAY

DIR: SHELLY LOVE | IRE

2019 | 95 MINS | CERT:15

TUE 21 APR | 8PM | €8

Pamela is a boozy 44-year-old single mother whose teenage daughter Allegra disapproves of her care-free lifestyle. Their fragile relationship is further tested when Pamela becomes pregnant after a one-night stand. Starring Bronagh Gallagher and Lola Pettigrew, this is a tender and warm-hearted feature debut from director Shelly Love.

Vibrant Bronagh Gallagher shines in charming Irish crowd-pleaser” – The Irish Times

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx4m0Qr1b7w