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The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce

Director: Michael James Rowland.
In 1824 the British penal colony of Van Diemens Land is little more than a living hell. Chained to a wall in the darkness of a cell under Hobart Gaol, Pearce is visited by Father Connolly, the parish priest of the fledgling colony and a fellow Irishman. The Last Confession Of Alexander Pearce will draw a visceral and compelling picture of a hell on earth and tell how one man endured the unimaginable by doing the unthinkable.

Hunger wins top prize at ERA New Horizons Fest

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HUNGER, multiple-award-winning film debut of the famous visual artist Steve McQueen, has won the Grand Prix (20 000 €) of NEW HORIZONS International Competition. The festival's highest honour was awarded by the international jury. HUNGER also took home the Film Critics Award (10 000 €). The film, which won the Camera D'Or prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival, tells the chilling tale of Irish Republican Army activist Bobby Sands, whose prison hunger strike eventually help push the Englis...

HUNGER Wins Top Prize at ERA New Horizons International Film Festival

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor HUNGER, multiple-award-winning film debut of the famous visual artist Steve McQueen, has won the Grand Prix (20 000 €) of NEW HORIZONS International Competition. The festival's highest honour was awarded by the international jury. HUNGER also took home the Film Critics Award (10 000 €). The film, which won the Camera D'Or prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival, tells the chilling tale of Irish Republic...

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes and back to Cambodia: Day 13

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  Vic had to leave for work so I said my goodbye early. She suggested I might want to skip Galway because it would make a tough day. This was always a "Plan B" that I was hoping I wouldn't have to do, but I can also be flexible and adapt when necessary. Jim and I spent the morning checking out options for going to Belfast and catching the ferry. I decided to take the 12pm Bus Eireann to Belfast ($15 Euros) arriving around 3pm to catch the 5pm ferry to Stanraer, Scotland ($35 ...

Media Festival gold award goes to Welsh indie

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Welsh independent production company Cwmni Da have scooped the Celtic Media Festival’s Gold Torc award for excellence. The Spirit of the Festival Award – a category dedicated to recognise productions wholly or substantially in a Celtic language - was presented at a special Gala Dinner which marked the end of what has been one of the most successful and well-attended Festival to date.Cwmni Da’s winning production, Dringo i’r Eitha (Extreme Climbing) is a Welsh language documentary which b...

Belfast film festival hits mid mark

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We're hittin close to the mid-festival bump!Mike Figgis' new digital venture LOVE LIVE LONGDes Bell presents his new film starring Stephen Rea, MACGILL TACHRAN GAN TODHCHAIMexican trial suspense for innocent men PRESUMED GUILTYRegarded as one of the UK's finest filmmakers, BFF favourite Kim Longinotto returns with ROUGH AUNTIESThe surreal Pop Art world of Jeff Keen in GAZWRX: THE FILMS OF JEFF KEENWHO KILLED NANCY?And the Ealing Comedies continue with THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUITA re-release from t...

Media industry to converge on Caernarfon

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Caernarfon will welcome filmmakers, programme makers, broadcasters and students from Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and Brittany for next week’s Celtic Media Festival, which takes place between 25 and 27 March.Supported by broadcast, film, cultural and economic organisations throughout the Celtic countries, each year the event moves to a different Celtic location. 2009 represents a particularly important milestone for the Festival, since the annual event will be celebrat...

NEWSLETTER N° 404: February 25, 2009

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Our newsletter reaches over 73 000 subscribers every week   Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. ENJOY THE NEW VERSION OF THE SITE LAUNCHED THIS WEEK Quick summary of the changes on fest21.com include : - New look, easier navigation - Transfer of the Festival Directory data...

Northern Ireland?s 1st Annual Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival (YFIFF)

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Northern Ireland will be seeing the arrival of its? first independent film festival in August of 2009 when award winning film makers, YELLOW FEVER PRODUCTIONS, take on the challenge of playing host to local film making talent and other artists from around the country and the world. The festival will show case a large range of films over the two day event and bring local business together with a selection of stalls and workshops. The main aim of the festival is to expose new talent and give peop...

Belfast Film Festival

The Belfast Film Festival is Northern Ireland’s leading film festival, lighting up the city’s screens with more than 130 films from 25 countries every spring.Our programmers have earned a reputation for excellence, and our 11th Festival, which will run from March 31st until April 14th, boasts a diverse array of films including Irish and UK premieres; the best in international cinema, a showcase of the latest homegrown talent… and everything in between.  So whether you fancy Desert Island Films, our Casablanca Night, Whiskey Galore on the Barge, or our fantasy film section, we will be showing films from the rooftops to the river, so take a look, there’s sure to be something there for you.

 

Cinemagic World Screen Festival For Young People

Cinemagic uses the magic of film and all forms of moving image to inspire and motivate young people aged 4-25 in Northern Ireland. It is a competitive festival including over 70 screenings and workshops, masterclasses and competitions.

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Hunger by Steve Mac Queen: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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Hunger by Steve Mac Queen Directed by: Steve Mac Queen Written by: Steve Mac Queen and Enda Walsh Produced by: Robin Gutch, Laura Hastings-Smith Cast: Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Brian Milligan, Laine Megaw, Larry Cowan, Lalor Roddy   Synopsis: HUNGER follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a...

Hunger review, Festival Film of the Year Nominee

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SYNOPSIS:Inside Belfast's Maze prison in the early 80s, IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) faces the brutality of the system and clashes with the Catholic priest (Liam Cunningham) as he determines to keep fasting in an effort to trigger change in the classification of IRA prisoners not as criminals but as Prisoners of War. Given better perspective 25 years or so after the events depicted, Hunger is a feast of cinema, albeit harrowing and confronting. Steve McQueen is an unconven...

Tallinn Black Nights Awards

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In what had to be one of the more unusual and visually artistic Awards Ceremonies I've ever attended, the 12th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival came to a dramatic close last evening (although screenings continue through the day on Sunday). The ceremony, a multi-media show that included video, live music by an Estonian rock band and an avant-garde performance presentation involving the Festival's jurors, was greeted by the enthusiastic audience as another sign of the Festival's a...

Awards Night At Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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  HUNGER Sunday, December 7-------In what had to be one of the more unusual and visually artistic Awards Ceremonies I've ever attended, the 12th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival came to a dramatic close last evening (although screenings continue through the day on Sunday). The ceremony, a multi-media show that included video, live music by an Estonian rock band and an avant-garde performance presentation involving the Festival's jurors, was greeted by the en...

4 debut films nominated for european discovery 2008

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As part of the European Film Awards, the European Film Academy annually presents the award EUROPEAN DISCOVERY to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. This years nominations were determined by a committee comprised of film journalists Dana Linssen (the Netherlands), Julia Teichmann (Germany) and Rui Tendinha (Portugal) all of them members of FIPRESCI (International Federation of FilmCritics) - and EFA Board members Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) and Stefan Laudyn (Po...

Toronto Film Festival Closed With Awards Announcements

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The Toronto International Film Festival came to a close today with the announcements of various awards. Although Toronto does not have an official competition section (positioning itself as a "public festival"), positive critical praise, strong industry reaction and awards from the discerning Toronto public are important components for the life of the films that have risen to the top at this important event. With ceremonies held at the Awards Reception at the Intercontinental Hotel on the waterf...

Toronto People's Choice Award to Slumdog Millionaire

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The Toronto International Film Festival came to a close Saturday with the announcements of various awards. Although Toronto does not have an official competition section (positioning itself as a "public festival"), positive critical praise, strong industry reaction and awards from the discerning Toronto public are important components for the life of the films that have risen to the top at this important event. With ceremonies held at the Awards Reception at the Intercontinental Hotel on the wat...

Toronto Film Festival Closes With Awards Announcements

 Saturday, September 13------The Toronto International Film Festival came to a close today with the announcements of various awards. Although Toronto does not have an official competition section (positioning itself as a "public festival"), positive critical praise, strong industry reaction and awards from the discerning Toronto public are important components for the life of the films that have risen to the top at this important event. With ceremonies held at the Awards Reception at ...

Sarajevo Film Festival - Belfast's Best Son

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Ever since 1980s Belfast-born writer and director George Terry has been writing and producing plays at NYC's Irish Arts Center. His combination of theatrical and journalistic experience, gave him the chance to co-script "In the Name of the Father" (1993) directed by Jim Sheridan. George first collaborated with Sheridan on his 1985 play "The Tunnel", based on his experiences as a prisoner in British jails in Northern Ireland. "In the Name of the Father" won an O...

IFC Films Have Seven On Toronto Slate

 Saturday, September 6------Coming off of a shopping spree of acquisitions at the Cannes Film Festival, New York-based specialty distributor IFC Films is screening an unprecedented seven films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. With most US distributors in retrenchment mode (or some being shuttered completely), IFC's day-and-date release of films in theaters and via Video On Demand has given them the financial clout to fill the need for an expanding pipeline of new product.That...

European Film Awards - The Selection has 44 titles

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 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2008in alphabetical order (please note that articles (a, the/le, la/el, il, etc) are ignored)3 DIAS (Before the Fall), Spaindirected by Francisco Javier Gutierrezwritten by Juan Velarde & F. Javier Gutierrezproduced by Maestranza Films, Green Moon Prod., PentagramaSynopsis: What would you do if the world was going to end in 72 hours? What would your neighbours, your family, the whole world do? The Secretary General of the Council of Nations has announced that a giganti...

Hot from Europe nominees for EFA

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The selection list for the European Film Awards 2008 has been announced and includes 44 titles. Once again, with 27 countries represented this year, the selection vividly illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.In the 20 countries with the most EFA members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list (marked with a *). To complete the list, a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board Members and invited experts Gunnar Bergdahl (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov...

Paul Greengrass Honored At London Film Festival

 Wednesday, October 31--------Truth be told, I left the London Film Festival on Monday morning, October 29th (also my birthday in case anyone wants to send me a belated box of chocolates). So, unfortunately, I missed an event that I truly wanted to cover. But through the art of the press release, I am able to report that on that same Monday evening (when I was blowing out I won't tell you how many candles), the Times BFI London Film Festival along with trade publication Variety presented the 20...

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