Cork Film Festival May Newsletter

Special Event – Thursday 31st May

Cork Film Festival and Triskel Arts Centre Present

The Irish premiere of The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Rob Curry

Triskel Arts Centre
Thursday 31st May, 7:30pm
€9 (+ 50c membership) full price / €7 with annual membership

Shirley Collins is widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, Alongside her sister Dolly, she stood at the epicentre of the folk music revival during the 1960s and ‘70s. However, in 1980 Shirley developed a disorder of the vocal chords known as dysphonia, which robbed her of her unique singing voice and forced her into early retirement. Deliberately eschewing a straightforward biopic approach, Rob Curry and Tim Plester’s follow-up to their award-winning documentary Way of the Morris is a lyrical response to the life-and-times of this totemic musical figure. Granted intimate access to recording sessions for Shirley’s first album of new recordings in almost four decades, and featuring contributions from (amongst others) the comedian Stewart Lee and David Tibet of Current 93, what emerges is a meditative and carefully textured piece of portraiture.

This special screening will be followed by a Q&A with Rob Curry hosted by Cork Film Festival’s Senior Programmer Don O’Mahony.

For more information and to book tickets click here.

The Festival Circuit  – Cannes Film Festival Review

The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up last week and it did not pass without surprises and dramas. Cate Blanchett in her role as President of the Jury, lead an 82 women strong march to agitate for better treatment of women in the film business, while the provocateur extraordinaire Lars von Trier dominated the headlines with his gory serial-killer biopic The House that Jack Built moving some audience members out of their seats and into the streets to loudly proclaim their disgust. HIghlights included ‘Capharnaüm‘, Nadine Labaki’s devastating portrait of child poverty in Beirut; ‘Cold War‘ – a dazzling delight from Pawlikowski with stunning black and white cinematography and ‘Shoplifters‘ – the heartening winner of the Palme d’Or, showing off Hirokazu Kore-Eda on masterful form.

The Cork Film Festival team were in attendance, seeking out both celebrated titles and new discoveries from the South of France, with an eye on the South of Ireland in November – watch this space!

AVA 2018 Upgrade – New Titles and Greater Access

AVA – our successful online library of short films that featured in Cork Film Festival programmes, and available to view for free from special viewing booths in Central Library Cork is currently undergoing an upgrade. The next catalogue of short films will include a selection of Irish and international titles from the 2017 Festival including the Best Cork Short winner Linda Curtain’s ‘Everything Alive Is in Movement’; locally made schlock masterpiece and Best Short winner at the Russian International Horror Film Festival, Jack Scott’s ‘Wood’; Best Documentary Short at the 2017 Fastnet Film Festival, ‘Raymond’; and much loved Children’s animation ‘The Last Leaf’.

The complete programme will be available soon with the additional bonus that Cork City Library card holders will be able to view the entire catalogue online on their own internet enabled devices. Please check our website next month for full details of the expanded programme.

Competition: Win 2 tickets to In Clouds at Cork Midsummer Festival

Peter Power, one of the artists behind Cork Film Festival 2016 hit, audio-visual spectacle fLUX at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, will present a new work at this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival, in collaboration with composer Michael Gallen. Led by Power and Gallen, In Clouds sees an award-winning group of artists come together to create a unique site-specific piece in Triskel Christchurch this June. This new immersive musical experience invites you, alongside the artists, to examine the human struggle to encompass and understand scientific theory, natural phenomena and human behaviour.
To be in with a chance to win two tickets to this innovative multimedia performance, just answer the following question:

In what year, did Peter Power perform fLUX at The Cork Film Festival?

Answers in an email to Closing date for entries is May 31st at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified on June 1st.
For more information please visit Cork Midsummer Festival website: 

Visit Cork in November
for a Feast of Films!


63rd Cork Film Festival – 9th-18th November 2018. Visit Cork and explore our historic city, the gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way. Voted one of the top 20 European festivals to visit in 2017 by, we promise you a feast of films in Ireland’s cultural capital, so why not make a weekend of it? Direct flights to Cork from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon and many more – take a city break and discover Ireland’s cultural gem.

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