Posts Tagged ‘Film’

19th of February, a day full of exciting events in Droichead

January 27, 2011

It is still January, but in Droichead we are already very excited about the 19th of February. Not only because from then the evenings will finally start to stretch again, but mostly because we are delighted to present 2 high quality film events on that day: Wishful Thinking and 140. Wishful Thinking will particularly be interesting for artists and art lovers in the town. 140 is a true gem by local director Frank Kelly, so just come and see what talent we have right here in Drogheda. Did I mention that both events are FREE?

Wishful Thinking is a curated programme of artists’ film, bringing together a selection of 16mm films by contemporary international artists: Luke Fowler, Jaki Irvine, Ursula Mayer, Rosalind Nashashibi, Roman Ondak, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Deborah Stratman, and Moira Tierney.

Borrowing its title from the common phrase to describe an optimistic and ever hopeful outlook, Wishful Thinking presents artists’ films that look beyond the surfaces and circumstances of the world as we find it. Whether by casting into the future, back to the past, or by re-approaching things that are all too familiar, the selected artists employ the particular characteristics of 16mm film to reshape our experiences of time through moving images.

One of the selected artists, Jaki Irvine, is based in Ireland, living and working in Dublin. Her works in film and video, whether in single-screen format or in more complex multi-screen installations, weave together enticing, though ultimately elusive narratives in which image, voice-over and musical score variously overlap, coalesce and diverge. These languid explorations of human interaction with the natural world, the built environment, and with other humans are suffused with a melancholic lyricism and leavened by a dark, dreamlike humour.

140 is the new film by director Frank Kelly, who lives and works in Drogheda. Frank was born in 1977 in Drogheda and studied Animation Production in Ballyfermot College of Further Education. His first film, Emily’s Song, which he co-wrote/directed/produced, was screened at over 30 International Film Festivals and received various awards.

His latest film 140 went into première on 10/10/10 in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. 140 filmmakers in 140 locations around the world shot 140 seconds each on June 21st 2009, in 23 countries on 5 continents, simultaneously, capturing the same moment around the planet. This film is a true gem and Droichead is delighted to be showing it.


Catch up on Culture Week

May 19, 2010

It’s “Catch up on Culture Week” this week. This is a nice way of saying ‘get your bum off the couch’ and experience some of the fantastic cultural events that are on all around Ireland this week. It’s a great initiative to make people aware of the wide range of quality artistic events around the country and invite them to catch up on some culture.

One of the events on the calendar of Droichead this week was a day out for the senior citizens, in collaboration with the Highlanes Gallery. The day started with a lovely lunch in Anderson’s café, followed by a guided tour around the Highlanes Gallery in which the permanent collections as well as current exhibition “The Marienbad Palace” were discussed. And since the exhibition continues in Droichead Arts Centre, I was delighted to give a talk about the art work in our gallery in Stockwell Street.

After that, no one less than the lovely Lady Dunsany introduced the film “Dean Spanley”, based on a little-known 1936 novella by the Irish author Baron Dunsany. Lady Dunsany, the present Lord’s wife, vividly talked about how Baron Dunsany used to absolutely hate dogs being dirty on the streets, peeing everywhere in public. He promptly decided to write a little novella about these experiences. He wrote it in such a way that you would nearly believe he was a dog himself in a previous life, picturing the life of a dog so accurately.

Contemporary movies and films often contain a good dose of sex, nudity or violence.  They seem to have become the key ingredients for defining a good movie. No such thing in “Dean Spanley” and yet it’s very beautiful and intriguing, thus showing that a great story can be enough to create a gem of a film.

Catch up on Culture Week is on until the 22nd of May. For events and more information, check out and to see the line-up for Droichead Arts Centre during the weekend go to Good luck with all the catching up.