Film festival is back


Wicklow Film Festival is back at Mermaid Arts Centre for a weekend of screenings and discussions between September 19 and 21.

Screenings will include:

  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut (pictured), the definitive final cut of Ridley Scott’s legendary sci-fi classic;
  • Persepolis, a French-Iranian adult animated film that follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution;
  • Hoop Dreams, an intimate portrayal of two inner-city teenagers pursuing their dreams of NBA glory;
  • Mars Attacks! which stars Pierce Brosnan;
  • Almost Famous, a coming of age story conveying a pivotal time in the 70’s as the age of rock and roll is drawing to an end, and The Fall, a tale of five mythical heroes is told in hospital by an injured stuntman to his fellow patient.

Now in its fourth year, this community film festival has gone from strength to strength, engaging local people in the selection of films that explore the transformative effect of cinema.

Originally founded by Wicklow artist Brigid O’Brien, this year’s festival is a collaboration between Mermaid Arts Centre and Noel Mac Aoidh, Head of Film Department at BIFE (Bray Institute of Further Education).

The theme for this year’s festival is Turning Points.  Six film makers – Noel Mac Aoidh, Janna Kemperman, Kate McCoullough, Sal Stapleton, Michael Donnelly and Karla Healion – will each present a film that affected their lives and that helped fashion their careers.


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