Well if we thought there was variety on Day 2 , Day 3 took things to the next level covering topics as divergent as apartheid, an Irish weather station on June 5, 1941, a futuristic wild west without water and maybe the worst vampire movie ever made.
Three short films stood out in today shorts’ programs: Liam O Machain’s THE TENT based on a true story about a Polish couple and the Irishman who sets up camp in their back yard, Paul Murphy’s THE WEATHER REPORT, also based on real events, about a small Irish weather station whose report is called into question on the eve of the landings on Normandy Beach and Damien Dunne’s THE SWING a coming of age story on a rural farm.
BLOOD FRUIT, a documentary directed by Sinead O’Brien, is the remarkable story of a group of young Dubliners, mostly women, who in 1984 began a strike against the Dunne grocery store against apartheid that lasted almost 3 years. The strike began over the refusal to handle and ring-up grapefruits harvested in South African under apartheid labor practices and their strike eventually resulted in changing the WTO’s definition of fair trade and labor. The cost to the women involved, most in their late teens and early 20’s at the time, is almost unimaginable, but they never gave up and all that attended the world premiere of the film said they would do it again. The standing ovation was long and well deserved.
Jumping in the totally opposite direction is Brendan Grant’s new film GET UP AND GO about two friends who do neither. Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) and Killian Scott (Calvary) wonder around Dublin suffering the slings and arrows of just about everyone as their love lives, marginal careers and overall future seems to be going up in flames. The best thing to do is leave town, but that’s not always as easy as it sounds; touching, funny and outrageous in turns.
Bleak and unrelenting captures the essence of YOUNG ONES by director Jake Paltrow. Set out west in a time when water has become the most precious commodity a small family struggles to survive against the elements. Starring Michael Shannon as the patriarch and Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult as young lovers the film evolves into a Greek tragedy of sorts as greed, lies and secrets take root in a barren landscape.
Amy Carroll, Conor Dowling and Eoin O’Neill’s LIGHT OF DAY was the perfect late night film within a film about a completely inept, narcissistic director making a low budget vampire film. Along for the ride is the long suffering crew, a producer who keeps losing control of the situation and the young graphic novelist who supplied the source material and is falling in love with the DOP. A roller-coaster of film production clichés that had the audience laughing throughout its entire 85 minute run…there’s something to be said for good old fashioned mindless entertainment.