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Celebrate St. Brigid’s Day with Irish Film London (29 & 30 JAN 2022).

Celebrate St. Brigid’s Day with Irish Film London’s screenings of HERE BEFORE at Kiln Cinema (29 JAN) & MAEVE + Q&A with Birds’ Eye View at Rio Cinema (30 JAN).

Submitted by Irish Film London

  • HERE BEFORE d. Stacey Gregg, 2022 at Kiln Cinema (29 JAN 18:00).
  • MAEVE d. Pat Murphy, 1981 + Q&A with Birds’ Eye View at Rio Cinema (30 JAN 14:30).

Irish Film London is celebrating St. Brigid’s Day 2022, in association with the Embassy of Ireland, by presenting extraordinary films which focus on Irish female stories.

In addition to the feature film screenings there’s a month-long Short Film Programme available to watch on the Irish Film London streaming platform, Irish Film At Home.

HERE BEFORE d. Stacey Gregg, 2022 at Kiln Cinema (29 JAN 18:00).

HERE BEFORE (2022).

Stacey Gregg’s debut feature film made waves at global festivals in 2021, including SXSW and Galway Film Fleadh, where it picked up the festival’s top prize.

See the film at The Kiln as part of an exclusive advance preview, ahead of the film’s general release on 18 FEB 2022.

When a new family moves in next door to Laura (played by Andrea Riseborough) and her family, their young daughter, Megan, quickly captivates her, stirring up painful memories of her own daughter, Josie, who died several years previously.

Supported by a stellar cast, including Jonjo O’Neill (THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS) and Martin McCann (THE SURVIVALIST, CALIBRE, and WILDFIRE) HERE BEFORE is an assured psyhcological thriller with a third act reveal which is somehow much more disturbing than the supernatural set up which precedes it.

MAEVE d. Pat Murphy, 1981 + Q&A with Birds’ Eye View at Rio Cinema (30 JAN 14:30).

MAEVE (1981).

Recently re-released on DVD by the BFI, Irish Film London are proud to screen Pat Murphy’s MAEVE.

Widely regarded as Ireland’s first feminist feature, it was also the first film to be cast and shot in Belfast. In the film, Maeve (Mary Jackson) returns to Belfast after being away for several years, and she stays in the family home with her sister and father. Being back in Belfast allows Maeve to comment on the state of things around her with a perspective all of her own – the Troubles, Irish nationalism and much more are dissected through her in the film.

Pat Murphy describes her film as being “composed of a series of episodes in conversation with each other”. Formally adventurous, it borrows from Brecht and Godard to present a modernist polemic on a difficult period of recent Irish history.

This special event is presented in partnership with Bird’s Eye View – an organisation dedicated to championing films by women and non-binary people.

A post screening Q&A will include host Melanie Iredale (director, Birds Eye View) and panelists Christine Molloy (director, Desperate Optimists), Selina Robertson (researcher and curator at Club Des Femmes) and Dr Emmie McFadden (academic at Sheffield Hallam Uni, contributor to notes for MAEVE’s recent BFI DVD re-release).

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