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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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

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.

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.

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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  

Season 20 kick starts 2018

Welcome to 2018. We hope it is a year full of health and happiness. We are looking forward to sharing more great film and hope you can join us. And this season is the official countdown to our 21st and 10th birthdays. In September we will celebrate 10 years of screening and our 21st season!

First things first though, lets get this season underway.


Rosalie Blum. Friday 2nd February 2018. 8pm


Director: Julien Rappeneau. 95 mins. France. 2016.

A random encounter has unexpected and life-changing consequences for three characters in Rosalie Blum, a quirky, heart-warming tale based on the graphic novel trilogy by French artist Camille Jourdy. This enchanting directorial debut from French screenwriter Julien Rappeneau ( Bon Voyage36 Quai des Orfèvres) is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy.

This film is presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.

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In Between. Friday 2nd March 2018. 8pm

Director Maysaloun Hamoud. France, Israel. 103 minutes. 2016.

Layla, Salma, and Nour–three Palestinian women with Israeli citizenship -share an apartment in the vibrant center of Tel Aviv. Despite being “ independent” each of them struggles with the restrictions imposed on their lives by a blinkered society.Maysaloun Hamoud’s remarkable feature debut, explores the challenges facing young Arab-Israeli women who must negotiate being “in between” cultures and traditions.



The Party. Friday 6th April. 8pm.

Director: Sally Potter. UK. 2017, 71 mins.

Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet–the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet and everyone present to the core. Love, friendships, political convictions and a whole way of life are now called into question. Underneath their cultivated liberal left-wing surface people are seething. Their dispute leads to the big guns being brought out–even in a literal sense.

For her eighth theatrical feature British director and screenwriter Sally Potter,who last took part in the Berlinale Competition with Rage in 2009, has invited a stellar cast to join her party. Beginning as a subtly witty comedy replete with sharp-tongued dialogue, the film later veers off into tragedy. When life can nolonger be controlled by reason, people will fight tooth and nail to protect their seemingly stable existence.

-Berlin International Film Festival 2017




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Season 19 is on the way and it’s all very classic!

Another season, another great 3 films to pass the dark nights. And we have a very classic feeling to this season. We kick off with a classic coming of age Irish drama. Followed by a classic black and white love story. And we finish the year with 2 classic French ladies.   We are still screening in Desmond Complex, at 8pm and entry if €7. The venue is wheelchair accessible and there is an audio loop. Refreshments available. Over 18s only.


Handsome Devil. Friday 6th October. 8pm

Director: John Butler. 95 mins. Ireland 2016. Language: English

In this funny and observant coming of age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler , bullied outsider Ned and macho athlete Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their rugby-mad boarding school. Their unlikely friendship takes them both bysurprise as they bond over music and begin practicing guitar together. After their supportive English teacher encourages them to enter a local talent competition,Conor faces increasing pressure to choose between manly athletic pursuits and his new love of music. Meanwhile Ned has to decide whether to betray his new friend’s trust to save his own skin. Ultimately, each learns the importance of bravery, loyalty,and finding one’s own voice.

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The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki. Friday 3rd November. 8pm

Director: Juho Kuosmanen. 92 minutes, Finland/Germany/Sweden, 2016. Language: Finnish.

Juho Kuosmanen’s impressive debut feature takes its title from central character 25-year old Olli Mäki, a European amateur boxing champion, who is training for the match of a lifetime -the 1962 World Featherweight title against American world champion Davey Moore. As Olli struggles to balance his preparations with the pressures of being in the media spotlight, he also finds himself falling in love with local beauty Raija, much to the dissatisfaction of his ambitious manager Elis. Beautifully shot on 16mm in evocative black and white,and with quietly powerful performances from its cast, this charming portrayal of one man’s challenge to determine his life’s priorities is the most unconventional boxing film and feel-good love story you’ll see this year.

The Midwife. Friday 1st December. 8pm

Director: Martin Provost. 117 mins. France. 2017. Language: French.

Director Martin Provost (Violette, Seraphine) unites two of Frances favourite actors in his tender comedy drama about female friendship and rediscovery. Catherines Deneuve and Catherine Frot play very different women whose shaky reconnection after a number of decades allows them both to learn valuable life lessons from one another. Claire (Frot) is the conscientious Midwife of the title, a single mother whose reservations and self-restraint have left her living an isolated life. Until the day her deceased fathers ex girlfriend makes contact. Beatrice(Deneuve) is a free spirited, professional gambler who wishes to reconnect with Claire’s father. Shocked at the news that he has passed away she implants herself into Claires lifeinstead, bringing chaos, joy and memories of happier times.

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May Film Tour-Dare To Be Wild-Wed 3rd May 2017

The May Film Tour is organised jointly by access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute to coincide with the Bealtaine Festival. The purpose of these activities in May is to engage older people in all areas of the arts. Newcastle West Film Club is delighted to participate on this tour yet again. This years offering is the Irish film Dare To Be Wild.

Based on the true life story of Wexford landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who became the youngest woman to win a gold medal at the UK’s most prestigious garden event, the Chelsea Flower Show. It charts her journey including her romance with botanist Christy Collard. Dare to be Wild is a charming and passionate story with a powerful environmental message.
We will be screening this film on Wed 3rd May 2017. 7.30pm. Desmond Complex. As the screening is part of the May Film Tour there will be no admission fee for this film. Over 18s only. For further information you can phone 087 6877970 or email
Director: Vivienne De Courcy / Ireland / 2016 / 100 minutes / Certificate: PG
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Let 2017 Bring Great Film

Happy New Year to you all. A couple of weeks in and perhaps the resolutions are beginning to wane already. At Newcastle West Film Club however we stick to ours-to bring great film to the community. We hope this will be another year of doing this successfully. We want to show films you will be glad you saw, that make you think or that you will remember next year. Our favourite moments are when audience members tell us about a film, maybe from a few years ago, that they loved. This doesn’t mean that it was a ‘lovely film’ or a comedy that made them laugh. But there was a quality about the film that stuck with them. And we love that we were part of providing that experience. And we hope to provide more in 2017.

The practical information. We screen at Desmond Complex. Entry is €7 and is for over 18s only. The venue is wheelchair accessible and an audio loop is provided. For further information you can email or phone 087 6877970.

So to see us through until April!


I Daniel Blake. Friday 3rd Feb 2017. 8pm

Director: Ken Loach.100 minutes, UK/France/Belgium, 2016, Language: English.

Newcastle carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is recovering from a recent heart attack. He
finds himself fighting a welfare system where his benefits will be taken away unless he looks for work, despite doctor’s orders preventing him from working if he does find a job.
As he battles against this absurd bur eaucracy, Daniel befriends Katie (Hayley Squires), a young single mother with two kids, who is also struggling with the system after relocating to Newcastle from a London homeless shelter. Deserving of its recent Palme d’Or win (the second for its director), Loach and long-time collaborator screenwriter Paul Laverty,
deliver a powerful work of quiet outrage that is at turns intensely moving, darkly
humourous and deeply heartbreaking.
The Fencer. Friday 3rd March 2017. 8pm
Director: Klaus Haro. 99 mins, Finland, Estonia, Germany, 2015, Language: Estonian, Russian, Armenian.
In the early 1950’s, champion fencer Endel Nelis, takes up a teaching position in a
remote Estonia School. Initially standoffish and unwilling to engage, he eventually
warms to the traumatised children of the school, many of whom have been left orphaned by the war or the Soviet occupation. Realising that the children need an outlet for hope and self expression he decides to teach them how to fence and indoing so becomes a father figure for them. But Endel harbours a secret, he is on the run from the Soviet Police and he eventually has to make a decision-to keep teaching and risk everything or to keep running. Based on actual events, this redemptive drama has universal appeal.
Viva. Friday 7th April 2017. 8pm
Director : Paddy Breathnach. 100 minutes, Ireland/Cuba, 2015, Language: Spanish.
Jesus (Héctor Medina) a shy, delicate, struggling hairdresser finds a genuine opportunity to enrich his life when he is given the chance to perform as a Drag Artist. But when Jesus’
abusive estranged father returns, he forcefully forbids the young man from performing.
Jesus must decide to either fulfil his potential or wilt under the dictate of his father. What unfolds is a bittersweet story of pain, regret, and reconciliation, as the two men learn to know and respect each other for the first time.Featuring boisterous and often heart breaking drag performance, Paddy Breathnach’s Oscar-shortlisted crowd-pleaser is a tender and compassionate tale of finding one’s true voice.
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Join Us On a Journey From Turkey to Iceland(with a stop in Copenhagen along the way)

Our Autumn Season returns shortly. Check out the trailers here for what promises to be a wide ranging selection of films. Same place: Desmond Complex. Same time: 8pm. Same price: €7. The venue is fully accessible and there is an audio loop also. For further information phone 087 6877970 or you can email

MUSTANG. Friday 7th October 2016. 8pm.

Director : Deniz Gamze Erguven. Turkey, Germany, France, Qatar. 2015. 97 Mins. Language: Turkish.

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.



THE COMMUNE. Friday 4th November 2016. 8pm.

Director : Thomas Vinterberg. Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands. 2016. 111 Mins

Language: Danish.

 A story about the clash between personal desires vs. solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 70’s



RAMS. Friday 2nd December 2016. 8pm

Director : Grimur Harkonarson. Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Poland. 2015. 93 Mins. Language: Icelandic.

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.


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