The Camino Voyage-Eigse at Newcastle West Film Club

Newcastle West Film Club is delighted to collaborate with the Eigse Michael Harnett committee to provide a screening of the wonderful film The Camino Voyage on the 12th April. This event is a taster for the main Eigse festival which will be happening in October. And to make the occasion even more special we will be joined on the night by the director Dónal Ó Céilleachair .
A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain. This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that in the words of the poet and crew member Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing friendships, creativity and spirituality in the process”.
Setting sail in their own handmade traditional boat, called a ‘Naomhóg’ against the backdrop of the vast ocean, Danny and his crew share music, stories and wise words. Joyously adventurous and profoundly ennobled by the task, this eclectic crew shared a remarkable journey.
Winner of many awards including Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature – Dingle International Film Festival.

Friday 12th April. 8pm. Entry €7. over 18s only.

Director Dónal Ó Céilleachair. 2018. 97 mins

 

 

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Published in: on April 4, 2019 at 8:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s a New Year and a new start for us!

We hope you had a lovely and peaceful Christmas. Welcome to 2019. For us it really is a fresh start as we have moved our screening location. We are delighted to continue to reside in Desmond Complex but we will now be screening in the dining room downstairs. Who knows hopefully another ten years in our new location!

It is business as usual. First Fridays February, March and April, 8pm, entry €7. No booking necessary, just arrive on the night. Venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information you can contact by email ncwfilmclub@gmail.com or by phone 087 6877970.

 

Leave No Trace. Friday 1st February 2019. 8pm

 

Director : Debra Granik. 109 mins. USA. 2018
A self contained father and daughter, live happily on the fringes of society. Will, a waR veteran, suffering from PTSD, and his teenage daughter Tom, live in a vast urban park in Portland. Will is vigilant about their camp, their rations and the regular drills they have
to remain undercover. Only leaving the park to collect certain supplies, their bond is apparent and unyielding. Until the authorities discover them and social services intervene. Offering help, imposing compliance and conformity, they are given a new home, and a job and school are arranged. Will quietly prepares for them to disappear again but Tom is beginning to enjoy this world…Sensitive and enthralling with intense and touching performances from McKenzie and Foster.

Quotes:
‘Debra Granik’s follow-up to Winter’s Bone is delicate family drama at heart’
-Tara Brady, The Irish Times

‘a film that never overwhelms but it lingers, leaving its mark on the viewer.’
-Tim Grierson, ScreenDaily

‘A father and his 13 year-old daughter are living in a paradisiacal existence in a vast urban park in Portland Oregon when a small mistake derails their lives forever….Captivating’
-David Edelstein, Vulture

 

1945. Friday 1st March 2019. 8pm. 

Director: Ferenc Töröc. 91 Mins. Hungary. 2017.

When two black clad men arrive at a country railway station, a classic western set up appears to be unfolding. But it’s 1945 in Soviet-occupied Hungary in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and by their appearance the men are Orthodox Jews. As the two men make their way to town and word of their arrival spreads, there’s a growing panic amongst some of the more prominent townsfolk – especially town clerk, István, whose son’s wedding is later that day…

This difficult, transitional time in Hungary is a period rarely dealt with in cinema, and certainly not with as much clarity, economy and nuance as Ferenc Török displays here. A rare subject too, the grave and sobering issue of how the Gentile population of Nazi-occupied countries behaved towards Jewish neighbours, and how they have, or haven’t, variously, come to terms with a life based on guilt and betrayal. With its monochrome splendour and striking soundtrack, morally compromised townspeople and its tick-tock narrative towards an unknown conclusion, we’re reminded of nothing more than Fred Zinnemann’s taut and masterful High Noon.

 

Just To Be Sure. Friday 5th April 2019. 8pm

Director: Carine Tardieu. 100 mins France, 2017, Club

Presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français

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When Erwin (Francois Damiens), a bomb disposal expert in his mid-forties, accidentally discovers that his father is not his biological father his world is turned upside down. As well as tracing his dad he has to juggle his daughters unplanned pregnancy and his aspiring relationship with the sparky local veterinarian Anna (Cecile De France), whom, it turns out may or may not be his sister!
With strong performances from all the cast this is a joyful tale with some moments that touch on the farcical and others that are genuinly touching. Director Carine Tardieu delivers a warm poignant human comedy about the challenges of being a parent and having one!
Quotes:
Just to Be Sure is the kind of intelligent and rather artful French comedy that doesn’t come around so often nowadays. Tardieu juggles lots of heavy issues with a supremely light touch, making us laugh about what would normally be a series of tragic events…
-Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

 

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After celebrating our 10th Anniversary we now have our 21st Season. What a year.

It’s a big few weeks for us. We had a lovely 10th Anniversary celebration on Friday night. It was good to stop and reflect on the last ten years. We have had 320 people join us at one time or another. We have shown 104 films from 34 countries. We are very proud. We are also very proud that this next season is our 21st!

 

The Divine Order. Friday 5th October 2018. 8pm

Director :Petra Volpe. 96 minutes, Switzerland, 2017, CLUB.

1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village in Switzerland with her husband and their two sons. The rural area is untouched by the major social upheavals the revolutionary movement of 1968 has brought about elsewhere. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody –until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot. Despite obstacles and backlash Nora becomes a hero as she overthrows the status quo. Switzerland was one of the last countries in the world to introduce female suffrage. And it is only since 1971 that women have had the right to vote.

Winner, Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival 2017

 

Summer 1993. Friday 2nd November 2018. 8pm

 

Director Carla Simon. 97 mins. Spain. CLUB. 

When six year old Frida’s mother dies from AIDS related pneumonia, she moves from her life in Barcelona to her Uncles Catalonian farm. This new family and her landscape are alien to Frida; she’s afraid of the chickens, she doesn’t know the difference between a lettuce and a cabbage and she has a new, adoring, annoying little sister. While her family’s warmth and love are abundant, their attempts to protect her only increase Frida’s bewilderment and isolation.

This autobiographical first feature explores Frida’s conflicting emotions as she struggles to process her losses and adjust to her new life. The performances of the two children are disarmingly vulnerable and natural in this gorgeous, yet unsentimental film about a child navigating grief.

Best First Feature – Berlin International Film Festival 2017
Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury – Berlin International Film Festival 2017

 

The Rider. Friday 7th December 2018. 8pm

Director : Chloe Zhao. 104 minutes, USA, 2017. CLUB TBC

Brady is a talented South Dakota bronco rider and horse trainer – cowboys and rodeos are the centre of his world. So when he suffers a near-fatal accident that halts his career, Brady struggles to recover from a serious head-injury that forces him to reevaluate his future.

Chinese-born director Chloé Zhao proves that her acclaimed debut feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me was no flash-in-the-pan, as she returns with another beautifully crafted and absorbing glimpse of “real-life” America in this second feature. Casting non-professional actors as versions of themselves allows her to bring a unique authenticity and intimacy to the story – the result is a powerfully emotional and touching exploration of humanity.

Winner – Art Cinema Award (CICAE), Cannes Film Festival 2018

 

Published in: on September 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

10th Anniversary Screening 14th September- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

In September 2008 here in Newcastle West Film Club we had our 1st ever screening. Now we are marking our 10th anniversary and also our 21st season which we think is special so we are going to mark the occasion. Whether you were there for the first night or if this will be your first time we would love you to join us.

We tried to think of what film we might show and after much deliberation we realised we got it right first time around with our opening film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. So we are going for full on nostalgia and going back to where it all began. This film stands the test of time telling the amazing real life story of Jean-Dominique Bauby who was editor in chief of French Elle magazine. The film is based on his memoir which he wrote after having a stroke and being left with Locked in Syndrome. He did so by blinking each letter with his left eye which took him ten months.
For the night that is in it we have a special reduced entry cost of €5 and you won’t have to put your hand in your pocket after that. This is an over 18s event. There is no need to book, just arrive on the night.
Desmond Complex is a wheelchair accessible venue and we have an audio loop.

Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Friday 14th September. 8pm

Director: Julian Schnabel. France. 2007. 1 hr 52 mins. Language: French.

Published in: on August 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

AGM 16th August 2018

Newcastle West Film Club will be having it’s AGM on Thursday 16th August at 8pm in Desmond Complex.  You are welcome to join us, especially if you would like to find out more about the film club or become more involved. You can phone 087 6877970 for more details.

Published in: on August 6, 2018 at 7:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sully-Access Cinema May Film Tour to Coincide with Bealtaine Festival

Another year another May film. We are always delighted to take part in the May Film Tour which is curated by Access Film to coincide with the Bealtaine Festival. In line with the festival films are selected with an older audience in mind. There is no entry fee to see this film. This years offering will be Sully. Staring Tom Hanks. Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney this is based on a true story that is probably within your recollection but you may not have heard what happened after.
On January 15, 2009, just moments after takeoff, US Airways Flight 1549 made a forced water landing in New York City’s icy cold Hudson River. The poise and skill of Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger ensured the safety of all 155 passengers and crew. Shortly after, investigators used computer simulations to charge Sullenberger and his co-pilot with having put the passengers and the plane needlessly at risk. Clint Eastwood, working from a superbly structured script by Todd Komarnicki, tells the story of Sullenberger’s multiple ordeals with economy and precision, achieving a tone that echoes its
protagonist’s grace under pressure. In 40 years of cinematic storytelling, Eastwood has been obsessed with the mysterious coexistence of the heroic and the ordinary. In Tom Hanks, he has found the perfect performing partner—sober, self-deprecating, self-effacing to embody that theme. Excellent support comes from Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.

Desmond Complex is an accessible venue and an audio loop is available in the screening room. Over 18s only.

Sully. Friday 18th May. 8pm

Director: Clint Eastwood. US. 2016. Language: English. 96 minutes. 

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Intercultural Film Event-The Idol

We are delighted to announce that we will be collaborating with West Limerick Resources to host an Intercultural event on Friday 20th April at 8pm. There is free entry to this film. Over 18s only. Desmond Complex is an accessible venue and there is an audioloop.

 

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Published in: on April 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Eigse Michael Hartnett-Song of Granite

Newcastle West Film Club are delighted to be collaborate with this years Eigse Michael Hartnett Festival with the screening of the film Song of Granite. For more information on this fantastic festival you can visit the website

https://www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie/

The film will be screened on Friday 13th April at 8pm in Desmond Complex. Entry is €7. Tickets for the event can be booked online through The Limetree Theatre who are taking bookings for the festival’s events.

https://www.limetreetheatre.ie/show/eigse-michael-hartnett-song-of-granite-screening/

Alternatively tickets can be bought at the door, subject to availability. Please note Desmond Complex  is a wheelchair accessible venue and there is an audioloop in the room where the screening will take place. This is an over 18s event.

Now some details on the film.

Song Of Granite. Friday 13th April 2018. 8pm

Director Pat Collins. Ireland. 2017. 104 minutes.

Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (of ‘Necklace of Wrens’ fame) brings the dramatic life story of legendary sean- nós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in THE SONG IN GRANITE, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film will celebrate the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.

Published in: on March 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Verdict Is In

Well there is bad news and there is good news. As you might expect at this point we are not going ahead with our screening on Friday night. The red alert made that decision a bit clearer! The good news though is that we are screening the film instead next week, on Fri 9th March. Stay safe and warm until then.

Published in: on February 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Screening Update for March 2nd

Hi everyone,

As we are all aware by now this week is forecast to be particularly cold. At this point we will be just keeping an eye on the forecast over the course of the next few days and then decide if we can go ahead with our screening. We are obviously hoping the area won’t be too badly affected and that the worst will have passed by Friday evening. But watch this space and we will post an update closer to the time.

Published in: on February 26, 2018 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment