Friday December 7th
FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY
Winner of the prestigious Discovery Prize awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the Toronto International Film Festival, Float Like a Butterfly is the story of Frances Joyce (Hazel Doupe), a teenage Irish traveller who, after the untimely death of her mother, wishes to pursue a career as a boxer, just like her idol Muhammad Ali. However, Frances faces obstacles in the form of her father, Michael (Dara Devaney), a recently-released ex-convict, who disapproves of her newfound athletic ambitions.
Set in the 1960s, Float Like a Butterfly not only deals with discrimination against the Irish traveller community in Ireland, it also deals with the way in which woman and girls are often held back by the well-intentioned but stifling views of male authority figures.
THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER
SELL OUT SCREENING
The Drummer & The Keeper tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Gabriel, a rock’n’roll party animal newly-diagnosed with mental health issues, and Christopher, a 17-year-old goalkeeper with Asperger Syndrome who yearns to fit in.
This uplifting and comedic feature début from writer/director Nick Kelly deservedly won the Best Irish First Feature Award at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh.
A heartwarming story, showing the strength of the human bond, in the face of adversity.
Critic Reviews of The Drummer and the Keeper
"Kelly is fearless in the way he tackles mental illness and his command of comic tone is strong, making this film anything but the traumatic experience it may appear on paper and more like a gentle romcom between two odd and lonely souls.” – Screen International [Fionnuala Halligan]
"The Drummer & The Keeper heralds the arrival of a very impressive new talent. We are already looking forward to what Nick [Kelly] will do next.” – Film Ireland Magazine [Brian Ó Tiomáin]
"This warm, thoughtful and insightful film marks Kelly as one to watch.” – Hot Press [Roe McDermott]
"Kelly has not made an art film that talks us through the issues with a grim face. The picture is airy, funny and at home to optimism. But it also remains honest about its subjects. Nick Kelly’s deft film details the friendship between a bipolar rock musician and a teenager with Asperger syndrome” – The Irish Times [Donald Clarke
Critic Reviews of Michael Inside