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Clones Film Festival Programme Highlights Announced
17 Oct 2017 :
Clones Film Festival has announced some highlights from its upcoming programme. The festival will take place in the town from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October 2017.

One of the venues for this year’s films will be Clones Arts Studios on the Diamond. Formerly the Post Office, the building, which dates back to 1903, has been given a new lease of life by artists Eileen Ferguson and Joanne Behan who share the studio space with visiting artists from a wide variety of disciplines. CFF is very grateful to Clones Arts Studios for opening their doors for the weekend and for allowing the building to be transformed into a 40-seater cinema space, complete with Box Office and coffee and cake hub, hosted by Frances Brogan.

As well as the beautifully renovated Courthouse, CFF will also screen films in the refurbished Cinemobile – now rebranded as The Road House. This marks an exciting return to the Diamond of the plush, 100-seater cinema venue. If you haven’t tried it out yet, don’t miss it next weekend in Clones!

Pedal Energy presents: Before the Flood

Friday, 27 October, 7.30pm, Clones Courthouse

Clones Film Festival is delighted to host Pedal Energy, who bring their human powered generator to Clones, using six bicycles to power a 2000 Lumen projector and 200W audio system for a carbon-neutral screening of Before the Flood, the climate change documentary produced by and starring Academy Award®-winning actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens.

Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

This environmentally themed evening will also include a brief presentation by Transition Monaghan, part of the global Transition Town Movement of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in response to the social, economic and ecological challenges facing people worldwide.

This is a free event, but you are welcome to make your contribution in the saddle!!

In View

Saturday 28 October, 7pm, The Road House

Directed by Ciaran Creagh and featuring Enniskillen native Ciaran McMenamin, this recent Irish feature tells the story of Ruth’s life - one of burgeoning guilt dominated by rage, alcoholism, depression and self-loathing which has its origins in a once off drunken indiscretion with a work colleague some years previous. Having lost all that was dear to her, Ruth is still trying to seek out help but is coming to realise that there is only one course of action that may placate her soul.

Director Ciaran Creagh and members of the cast and crew will attend the screening and will be available for a Q&A after the show.


Sunday 29 October, 3.30pm, The Road House

Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon’s tryst and look forward to getting to know each other, like countless couples before them. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple – they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker.

By attempting to be intimate, they aren’t just breaking the rules – they’re breaking the law.

While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future and how to use a condom, their friends from the training centre escape the not so watchful eye of Tom and go on a joyful rampage through Galway.

Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

Sanctuary won Best First Feature Award, Galway Film Fleadh 2016, and the film’s producer Edwina Forkin will introduce the film.

Tickets for all screenings can now be purchased online via the festival website - Click Here.

Please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can also be purchased at the Box Office in the old Post Office on the Diamond during the weekend.

The full programme can be downloaded from the website. Copies are available in local shops and at the Box Office all weekend. Follow Clones Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all of the latest news.

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