Irish films on Day 2 could not have been more varied, literally. The day began with a group of shorts from the west of Ireland that covered topics big and small. Director Michelle McDonagh attempted to explain the unique custom of KICKING THE WALL on a Galway promenade while filmmaker Micháel Ó Flaithearta paid a lovely tribute to Irish composer in CHARLIE LENNON and filmmakers Ed and Mark Griffin put a novel spin on grieving and closure as a young man tries to deal with the death of his father in DRIFT.
A packed house laughed, hooted and howled through filmmaker Brian Reddin’s documentary about B-movie legend Roger Corman in IT CAME FROM CONAMARA. For five years Corman crank out his signature films, including The Very Unlucky Leprechaun, on the west coast of Ireland and many of his former crew where in the audience validating the amazing stories behind Corman’s directing style and the revolving door of well-known Hollywood actors that appeared in his Irish productions including James Brolin, Corbin Berstein, and Tim Matheson. An amazing story about an amazing man who is still producing films today.
The last years of Ireland’s War of Independence is the setting for a gripping love story in Garrett Daly and Martina McGlynn’s world premiere of A NIGHINGALE FALLING. When fate finds two sisters caring for a wounded Black & Tan soldier their lives are changed forever as fear of retaliation by the British is balanced against their fear of the IRA if the young man is discovered under their roof. With wonderful performances by Tara Breathnach, Muireann Bird and Gerard McCarthy coupled with stellar cinematography and music A NIGHTINGALE FALLING is a fascinating story of fear, jealousy and secrets by those drawn into the conflict.