Irish Film London hosts St Brigid’s Day celebration with women-led film festival

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The Irish Film London (IFL) organization has planned a series of events to mark Saint Brigid’s Day 2022.

Their St Brigid’s Film Festival celebrates women filmmakers, with events organized in partnership with the Irish Embassy in London.

“We are delighted to once again partner with the Embassy in Ireland to bring you a celebration of women filmmakers with our St Brigid Film Festival,” the non-profit organization confirmed.

For 2022, Irish Film London is showing films at the Kiln Cinema in Kilburn as well as the Rio Cinema in Dalston this weekend.

On St Brigid’s Day itself (February 1), they will launch a month-long program of female-led shorts, which will include Q&A with the filmmakers and will be available exclusively through the Irish Film From Home online platform.

ON DISPLAY :

Here Before, Kiln Cinema, Kilburn, Saturday 29 January at 6 p.m.

Exclusive to the UK, IFL presents this special preview of Here Before, ahead of its February release.

In her feature debut, Here Before, Stacey Gregg delivered a taut psychological thriller with supernatural undertones.

Laura (Andrea Riseborough), is a bereaved mother. When a family moves in next door, their young daughter, Megan, quickly captivates Laura, rekindling painful memories of her own daughter, Josie.

As Laura begins to obsess over Megan, the line between the extraordinary and the real becomes increasingly blurred in this haunting story about a mother’s love.

Set in Northern Ireland, Here Before won Best International Feature at Galway Film Fleadh last year.

Tickets available here.

Maeve will be screened at Dalston Rio

Maeve, Rio Cinema, Dalston, Sunday January 30 at 2:30 p.m.

When Maeve was released in 1981, critics declared it “Ireland’s first genuine feminist film”.

Re-released in May 2021, Pat Murphy’s BFI-funded feature debut features Mary Jackson playing the eponymous role of Maeve – a young Catholic woman who returns home to Belfast after studying in London, only to be confronted by powers patriarchal antagonists who threaten to dominate her life: soldiers, policemen and her Republican boyfriend.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the film hosted by Birds’ Eye View director Melanie Iredale, with Christine Molloy (director, Rose Plays Julie) and Dr Emmie McFadden (academic at Sheffield Hallam Uni, contributing notes for Maeve’s recent reissue of the BFI DVD).

Tickets available here.

Female-led short film program, www.irishfilmlondon.com, from February 1

To coincide with the Irish Embassy’s Lá Fhéile Bride celebrations on February 1, IF; is launching a month-long program of the best female-led shorts from the Irish Film Festival London 2021 on its Irish Film From Home platform.

With drama, comedy, animation and documentary films, there’s something for everyone.

For full listings and details Click here.

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