Season 25 Autumn 2022

We are pleased to announce our next season of film. Our 25th Season since 2008. In a break from tradition, this autumn season will have 4 films. We are delighted to be participating in the Eigse Michael Hartnett festival. As that screening falls on what would traditionally have been our first night back, we are bringing our season’s first screening forward. So we will commence on the 23rd September.

Our films are screened in Desmond Complex, Gortboy V42 WT20. All films will start at 8pm. Admission is €8 and card payments are accepted. Over 18s only. Refreshments are available before hand. For further information you can email or contact 087 6877970.

AFTER LOVE. FRIDAY 23rd September. 8pm

Director : Aleem Khan. UK, 2020, 89 mins Cert Club.

Muslim convert Mary Hussain leads a quiet, contented life with her husband Ahmed, the captain of a cross-Channel ferry to France. But when Ahmed dies suddenly, Mary discovers that her husband may have been keeping secrets from her about his real connection to Calais.

Determined to uncover the full truth, Mary leaves her home to embark on a life-changing journey, the outcome of which will shake her to her core and force her to re-evaluate everything she had previously believed.

This debut from director Aleem Khan is a compelling yet sensitive exploration of how people can make connections despite cultural or physical barriers, and features a power-house central performance from British actress Joanna Scanlan as Mary.

Winner – Best Actress, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2021

Winner-Best Actress BAFTA 2022

AN CAILÍN CIÚIN. Friday 7th October. 8pm (Eigse Michael Hartnett festival)

Director: Colm Bairéad. Ireland. 2022. 94 mins.

Nine-year-old Cáit (Catherine Clinch) is sent by her dysfunctional family to spend the summer
with an Aunt and Uncle she has never met before. Through the tender care of her aunt Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley) Cáit finally feels loved and safe. Despite himself, her uncle Sean (Andrew Bennett) forges a bond and for the first time, Cáit experiences the warmth of a loving home. The once quiet Cáit blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one.  
Wonderfully recreating the feel of a country home in 1980s Ireland, An Cailín Ciúin, adapted from Claire Keegan’s acclaimed short story, Foster, is a genuine, deeply felt portrait of the bonds that sustain us.

Winner, Best Feature Film, Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury, Berlin
International Film Festival, 2022
Winner, Best Film, Irish Film & Television Awards, 2022
Winner, Best Director, Film, Colm Bairéad, Irish Film & Television Awards 2022
Winner – Best Irish Film Award, Dublin Film Critics Circle, Dublin International Film Festival,

THE HUMANS. Friday 4th November. 8pm

Director Stephen Karam, USA, 2021, 108 mins

The Blake family gather for Thanksgiving at daughter Brigid’s new apartment that she shares in lower Manhattan with boyfriend Richard. Travelling from Pennsylvania, is her father Erik who detests New York, obsessing about floods and 9/11, her devout, reserved mother Deirdre and ailing grandmother Momo. Brigid’s older sister Aimee joins them; a lawyer who has just been laid off and has ended her relationship with her girlfriend. 
As darkness falls outside and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the group’s deepest fears are laid bare. The piercingly funny, haunting debut film from writer-director Stephen Karam, adapted from his Tony Award-winning play, The Humans explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.

‘’The Humans is a marvel of slight shifts in tone and rhythm, guided by a uniformly strong cast of actors who deliver naturalistic performances which show the cracks in their characters’ pleasant veneer‘’

Tim Grierson, Screen International,

‘’ The film is a remarkably insightful and powerful portrait of the human condition.’’

Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

COMPARTMENT NO.6. 2nd December. 8pm

Director: Juho Kuosmanen, 107 minutes, Finland, Germany, Russia, 2021, 15A

Young Finnish archaeology student Laura is convinced by her lecturer – and lover – to take a 

trip to an ancient site of petroglyphs near the Arctic Circle. 

When she embarks on the long-distance train journey to take her there, she has to share her carriage with the Ljoha a seemingly foul-mouthed, misogynistic drunk travelling to his new job as a miner. Initially they despise each other, but, the more time Laura spends with Ljoha the more they connect and Ljoha reveals an unforeseen kindness beneath the macho façade.

Winner of the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6 is a warming and unexpected tale of adventure, self-discovery and human connection.

Winner – Grand Prix Award, Cannes Film Festival 2021


” ★★★★ Despite the bone-chilling cold of its location in Murmansk in Russia’s remote north-west, there’s a wonderful human warmth and humour in this offbeat romantic story of strangers on a train.” 

– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“This is one of those films where the journey matters more than the destination… deeply atmospheric’’

– Jonathan Romey, Screen International

‘‘Kuosmanen’s storytelling has a fundamental generosity of spirit, tender though not sentimental.’’

– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

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Limbo Friday 13th May 8pm

Director Ben Sharrock. 104 minutes, United Kingdom, 2020,15A

Omar (Amir El-Masry) is a young Syrian musician stationed upon a fictional remote Scottish 

island, where he and a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. Omar 

shares his accommodation with Farhad, a Freddie Mercury fan who fled Afghanistan; 

Nigerian Wasef, who dreams of footballing glory; and Abedi, a reluctant realist.

Isolated from his family and any sense of belonging in a strange land, a broken arm leaves 

Omar feeling further adrift and unable to play his grandfather’s oud (a stringed instrument), 

which he has carried all the way from his homeland.

Grounded by El-Masry’s tender and understated performance, Limbo deftly balances comedy 

with melancholy, to create a wonderfully touching story about wanting to belong.


Cannes Film Festival 2020

Toronto International Film Festival 2020

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020

BFI London Film Festival 2020

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2021


Winner – TCM Youth Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020


“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This wonderful, not-to-be-missed comedy finds new ways to tell old stories.” 

– Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ What a thoroughly wonderful sophomore feature from the British director Ben 

Sharrock – witty, poignant, marvellously composed and shot, moving and even weirdly 

gripping.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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We Are Coming Back On 22nd April

After an unexpected 2 year hiatus we are coming back to Desmond Complex on 22nd April. We wanted to wait until we could provide an experience as close to what it was like before. In a break from our first Friday routine we will be screening two films, on the 22nd April and 13th May. Screenings will be held in Desmond Complex, Gortboy, Newcastle West. 8pm sharp. Entry is €8. For further information you can phone 087 6877970 or you can email You can also find us on Facebook.

22nd April Mystery of Henri Pick

Presented with Support from Institut Francais and the French Embassy

Fabrice Luchini (Jean-Michel Rouche), Camille Cottin (Joséphine Pick)

101 Mins. France/Belgium. French Language with Subtitles. Director: Remi Bezancon, 2019. Club

A discovery within a remote Breton library that collects rejected, never published manuscripts, launches the career of Henri Pick, a pizza-chief who died two years earlier and, according to his widow, had never read a book in his life. As the novel becomes an overnight literary sensation, Jean-Michel Rouche (Fabrice Luchini) a famous literary critic suspects all is not as it appears.

A veritable literary whodunit ensues as the irrepressible Rouche teams up with Pick’s daughter Joséphine (Camille Cottin) to uncover the truth behind the enigma that is Henri Pick.

Fabrice Luchini delights as the charming but persistent literary detective, who will risk losing his job, his wife, and his reputation on seemingly little more than a hunch.


“Leave it up to the French to craft a delectable Agatha Christie-style caper … Henri Pick is an easily digestible and highly cultivated whodunit …” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter


“Rémi Bezançon has fun creating a hybrid film detailing a story-within-a-story literary investigation conducted by the great Fabrice Luchini. … the film offers Fabrice Luchini a golden role (who is brilliantly supported by the other main characters) …”

– Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

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Missing Film Short Film

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Access Cinema

There are two things that have kept Newcastle West Film Club going over the years. You the audience and Access Cinema. Many of you may not realise the essential support we receive from them in the background. They curate film lists for us to choose from, take care of copyright and bookings and give us great advice. And when Film Clubs like us are closed they too are impacted. They are launching a campaign to remind us of the importance of film and film clubs and are looking for support to keep supporting us. Hear this lovely interview today with Ryan Tubridy and the makers of a new short film about how much we love film 💓

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Autumn Season 2020-Covid 19

Dear audience. Normally at this time of year we are preparing for the return of our Autumn season in October. However sadly that is not to be this year. We have continued to review the situation however even overcoming the logistics and the uncertainty at the end of the day we do not think we would be able to offer the social experience. And we feel this is the most important aspect of the film club. We will continue to review this but for the moment we will not be back in October. Keep well and we hope to see you sooner rather than later.

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New Year, New Decade and Films Galore

We would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2020. And for the decade to come. New Year is a time for new resolutions so if you are looking for a new interest or meeting new people this might be the right time to come to a Film Club screening. Or if you are already an attendee then hopefully we will have the pleasure of your company again this season. If you haven’t been before just to let you know there is no need to book, or to sign up to the club. You can just arrive on the night and entry is on a pay as you go basis of €7 per film.

As ever for Season 24 we have tried to curate a varied season of films that offer different experiences.  You can get a preview of the films here.


Le Brio. Friday 7th February 2020. 8pm

Director: Yvan Attal. 95 minutes, France, Belgium, 2017, Club

Neïla is a first year law student of Algerian descent, who hails from one of the sprawling suburbs of Paris. On her first day at the renowned Assas University she clashes with Pierre Mazard, a controversial law professor. Their public altercation goes viral when Pierre uses language tainted with racist slurs. He is pulled before the School President and given one chance to redeem himself – he must mentor Neïla for an upcoming prestigious debating contest.

The two initially struggle to be in the same room, but slowly they begin to find common ground and warm to one another. Meanwhile Neïla is faced with an identity crisis, as her newfound eloquence alienates her from old friends back home.
Winner – Most Promising Actress, Camélia Jordana, César Awards 2018

“… Jordana and Daniel Auteuil prove to be a winning pair … newcomer Jordana (Cherchez la femme) and veteran Auteuil (Hidden) offering up several juicy verbal bouts alongside a few scenes of genuine emotion.’’
– Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

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Pain and Glory. Friday 6th March 2020. 8pm

Director: Pedro Almodóvar. 113 minutes, Spain, 2019, 16

Veteran director Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) currently suffers many health issues, which he blames for the creative rut he finds himself in. As he tries to recover, he reflects on his life. Whilst recalling memories from the past, including those of his humble upbringing by his doting mother (Penélope Cruz), in the present he reconnects with past friends and lovers. Can this journey help him overcome his physical pain and rediscover his creativity?

Banderas and Cruz, with whom Almodóvar has worked extensively in the past, reunite with the award-winning director, to bring arguably his most personal film to date to the big screen.

Winner – Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival 2019
“★★★★ … life meets art in Almodóvar’s wistful extravaganza. The director delivers another sensuous and deeply person gem as Antonio Banderas’s ageing film-maker faces up to death.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2019

“★★★★ Every element of the film is beautifully judged. … But it is Banderas who makes the film fly.” – Donald Clarke, The Irish Times, Cannes Film Festival 2019.


The Peanut Butter Falcon. Friday 3rd April 2020. 8pm.

Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz. 97 minutes, USA, 2019, 12A

Zak, a 22-year-old wrestling enthusiast with Down Syndrome, lives in a retirement home because the state has nowhere else for him. After numerous failed attempts, he finally breaks out and heads cross-country to find his favourite wrestler, The Salt Water Redneck.

Stowing away in the boat of a troubled outlaw named Tyler, Zak manages to convince Tyler to help him get to a wrestling school run by his hero. The two set off on an adventure through the stunning North Carolina Outer Banks. Along the way they hunt, fish, drink and share their secrets. But hot on their heels is nursing home volunteer Eleanor, sent to bring Zak home.

This modern-day Huckleberry Finn type drama is a pure, feel-good adventure.

Winner – Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival 2019

“ … an odyssey audiences won’t soon forget.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“★★★★ … Deeply textured, deeply felt Americana.”
– Tara Brady, The Irish Times

“★★★★ … harks back to the ragged romanticism of a Huck Finn adventure … this shambling buddy movie really works.”
– Wendy Ide, The Observer

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Season 23-Rising Up

Hello All. Hope it has been a good summer for you. We always take a break from screening over the summer. However we do take time to plan our Autumn Season-that gets decided in July! This season we have decided to go with a theme-Rising Up. It struck us that there was a commonality between the films of strong spirits and finding solutions and ways through difficult situations.

As always all films start at 8pm but we recommend arriving a little early to enjoy some tea/coffee wine and refreshments available. It can be a lovely opportunity to socialise with friends or meet new people. Entry is €7 and is over 18s only.

Woman at War. Friday 4th October. 8pm

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson. Iceland. 101 minutes. 2018

Meet Halla, a music teacher in her forties. She is a happy, upbeat woman who leads a quiet and routine life. But unbeknown to most she is also ‘The Mountain Woman’: a lone wolf environmental activist who disrupts the operations of an aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, by cutting power supply and damaging pylons in acts of industrial sabatogue.

As the authorities intensify their campaign to catch her she recieves an update on a long forgotten adoption application- she has been matched with a four-year-old girl in the Ukraine. Can she reconcile this with her crusade to protect her homeland from big industry or will her efforts destroy her chances of finally becoming a mother?

A funny, moving and utterly unique film.


Foxtrot. Friday 1st November 2019. 8pm

Director: Samuel Maoz. 2017. Israel. 108 mins.

Michael and Dafna Feldmann are informed that their son Jonathan has died in the line of duty while serving in the Israeli army. As they come to terms with the news and prepare for the funeral, they’re informed that a horrifying mistake has been made. Meanwhile, we get a glimpse into Jonathan’s life manning an isolated checkpoint. He and his colleagues never know what will happen when a car pulls up to the barrier…
The new film from Samuel Maoz (Lebanon) is an extraordinary, complex drama that is both a visceral exploration of military life and an emotionally raw family drama. A source of controversy in its native Israel, Foxtrot is a film full of anger and sadness, and one that is as deeply personal as it is political.

Winner Grand Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival 2017


Balloon. Friday 6th December 2019. 8pm

Director: Michael Herbig. Germany. 2018. 125 mins.

East Germany 1979. Electrician Peter Strelzyk and his bricklayer friend Günther Wetzel are tired of the strict Cold War regime under which they live, and want to provide a better future for their families. They come up with a daring plan – to secretly build a homemade hot-air balloon, which will carry them and their families over the border to freedom.

They need favourable weather conditions to ensure that the balloon can transport them safely. But the Stasi has learned of a possible escape attempt and is starting to close in. The families may not be able to wait any longer to pull off their dangerous plan.

Based on true events, Michael Herbig’s thrilling drama recreates this incredible story.

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Access Cinema May Film Tour-Finding Your Feet. Friday 24th May 8pm

The May Film Tour is organised jointly by access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute to co-incide with the annual Bealtaine Festival, and features a programme of curated films specially selected with older audiences in mind.
This year Newcastle West Film Club will be screening Finding Your Feet as the selected title from this years tour.
When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of thirty-five years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif, who lives in an inner city tower-block in North London. As a fish out of water, heartbroken Sandra is confronted by her sister’s bohemian and irreverent lifestyle but is eventually persuaded to join Bif’s senior citizens community dance class. In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colorful group of defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love.
There will be no entry fee for this film. Over 18s only.
For further information you can email or you can phone 087 6877970.


Finding Your Feet. Friday 24th May 2019. 8pm 

Director Richard Loncraine. 2017. UK. 101 minutes.

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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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