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Galway Film Fleadh extends its digital programme, Solstice
19 Jan 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Reefer and the Model (1988); directed by Joe Comerford.
The Film Fleadh has decided to extend their winter season, Solstice, for an additional month.

“The Solstice programme has had engagement from over 25 countries and we’ve had demand from schools of both Irish and cinema studies for the films in the programme to remain online for longer,” said Programme Director William Fitzgerald.

“We’re encouraged by the response, and happy for the filmmakers, to see audiences rediscovering their work.” 

With agreement from the filmmakers, the eleven films comprising the programme of early Irish cinema will now be available to rent until February 28th on GalwayFilmFleadh.com.

The events of the past year have altered the trajectory of our film industry, and as it forges ahead into the future, the Fleadh is reflecting on the road we’ve travelled. Solstice is a selection of films that chart a journey from the Irish “first wave”, right up to the millennium and the cusp of the modern-day Irish film landscape.  

Some of the films presented are celebrated as pioneering Irish works, for breaking new ground, or for cracking the international market. Others were made between “waves”, between film boards, between the pages of Irish film history. They are all deserving of re-acquaintance with an audience. Something the Film Fleadh is proud to be able to make available to audiences worldwide this holiday season.  

The selected films for Solstice are:

  • Poitín (1978); directed by Bob Quinn 
  • Anne Devlin (1984); directed by Pat Murphy  
  • Atlantean (1984); directed by Bob Quinn 
  • Reefer and the Model (1988); directed by Joe Comerford 
  • Hush-a-Bye-Baby (1990); directed by Margo Harkin 
  • Korea (1995); directed by Cathal Black  
  • The Fifth Province (1997); directed by Frank Stapleton 
  • The Gamble (1998) directed by Paddy O’ Connor 
  • Country (2000); directed by Kevin Liddy 
  • Kings (2007); directed by Tom Collins
  • Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (2011); directed by Lelia Doolan 

Solstice was curated to reflect on the roots of Irish storytelling on screen, before many of the great strides taken by the Irish screen industry in the 21st century. Streaming worldwide, all films are available to rent until January 21st, on GalwayFilmFleadh.com, and on the Galway Film Fleadh app.  

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