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Remnants of old Ireland are strewn everywhere. We are not talking about beehive huts, ring-forts and round towers. We think of Anglo’s empty money mausoleum and ghastly ghost towns.

That, to us, is history.

We like to think we are always looking forward, scrolling right, eager to see what's around the corner.

We concentrate on the makers and doers who top and tail each of these issues with their covers and interviews, book-ending the recommendations from our team of writers.

History, however, has its undeniable merits. So we are recounting for a moment. In true le cool fashion, we are going to party while we do it.

So, do join us on October 28th when we'll be occupying the RHA for a night of cover recaps, Havana Club sponsored nightcaps, and hat tips to everyone who make it all possible.

Who don't know much about history this week? Ciaran, Michael or Kate. With thanks to Camille.

"This image brings to mind the post A-bomb scenes from 1945." - Joby Hickey
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October 13 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Parish Live

When Donal Dineen, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Rónán Ó Snodaigh came together for a gig at EP in 2007, it was clear that the collective had something more going on than just a load of fadas. That meeting of minds created something special and started in train the Parish project, which has rocked the shop at festivals ever since. High-priest Dineen welcomes you to with a set of grooves that hit you deep in the belly and feed the soul. This time without Shamen-like Ó Maonlaí, Dineen mans the decks with live layers and sounds from Congoleese musician Niwel Tsumbu and Maru's Aminah Dastan. Expect re-works of the likes of Four Tet & Burial's Moth, along with fresh material in a very danceable set. Also on the bill are Spilly Walker (Dave Kitt & his brother Robbie) and Laser Tom & The Blast Crew. Win Tickets / Donal C. Gorman

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October 13 2011


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
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when
Until November 19th

how much
Free

exhibition
Sean Scully - Cut Ground

One of the world’s leading abstractionists, Sean Scully, seems to me to be an egregious fucking arsehole whose constant, often contradictory, attempts to explain and intellectualise his own work give rise to the suspicion that Scully is not just an arsehole, but also a charlatan. Of course, there's a certain enjoyment to be had in weighing up Scully’s international reputation and the suspicion of charlatanry. But as it turns out, I think it’s unfounded. Cut Ground is a texturally and chromatically articulate exhibition; a pulse seems to emanate from deep within these heavily-layered grid paintings, which are held together not by the names or explanations offered by Scully, but by the internal strength of their own style. / Kevin Breathnach

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October 13 2011


where
No Grants Gallery (NGG), 12 East Essex St. D2
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when
Until October 27th

how much
Free

exhibition
Images Beyond Borders

If you've ever wondered what it feels like to go from black and white Kansas, to glorious Technicolor Oz, then this clash of the illustration titans is for you. Along one wall, Team Austria (Maria Blazejovsky, Helga Bansch, Linda Wolfsgruber, Heide Stöllinger and Michael Roher) make the case for sepia tones and subtle detail. On the opposite wall, their Irish counterparts (Niamh Sharkey, Oisín McGann, Annie West, Bruce Ingman and Adrienne Geoghegan) counter with a riot of colour and fun. Now, either some covert crayon-stealing has been going on, or what we have here is two very different picturebook cultures coming face-to-face for a good old sniff at each other. It’s certainly a heady combo, hopefully opening a door for more international cross-fertilization in the future. Just don’t forget your ruby slippers. / Tom Donegan

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October 13 2011


where
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1
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when
6pm – 9pm

how much

workshop
Bike Workshop

These are my confessions: I take my bike to the shop when I get a puncture. I can't pump up my tyres myself because I lose more air than I gain - darn that fiddly screwy thing! I don't know what gears are for. My handlebars face North-West, my front wheel faces North and my front-wheel-mud-guard (mouthful) faces North-East. I don't think that's the way they're meant to face. My inability to attach a basket securely has seen all my Tesco and Ikea baskets stolen, and there may have been an unhappy incident with a dynamo on Aungier Street. A dynamo and a taxi driver. So I'm going to Seomra Spraoi where I may learn how to look after my bike and Mrs Spinnywheels and I might live in harmony again. Of course, first I'll have to manage to open the lock, which has conveniently seized up...curse you damp Ireland! / Kate Frances Coleman
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October 14 2011


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€10

screening
Superheroes

Once we started digging we found that the world of real-life Superheroes is a vast pervasive community connected online through their own websites,. forums and chartrooms. We started with Mr Extreme in San Diego and ended up interviewing over 50. They are generally mistrustful of the media but once they realised we had noble intentions they came out of the shadows so to speak. How effective they are varies. Some confront drug dealers and hunt down sex assault criminals. Others give sandwiches to homeless people. These are everyday people. Generally speaking they've been through a tough time in their lives but take that tragedy and trauma and turn it into something optimistic. It was completely self-financed. We picked up awards at Slamdance and elsewhere and ended up selling it to HBO. Win Tickets / Michael Barnett (director)

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October 14 2011


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
8.30pm

how much
Free

album launch
Water Cycle - The Company of Friends

Perched somewhere between the plaintive decadence of Bon Iver and his more cheery indie folk peers, local upstart Aaron Page has plundered a rich bounty of contemporary influences for his debut album as Water Cycle, titled The Company of Friends. Around a year ago, the nascent talent ensconced himself in a garden shed - see Justin Vernon's semi-mythical log cabin for comparison ­- with a plethora of instruments and set about writing and composing in his own musical crawl space. He emerged fleetingly, gathering ideas, sounds, notions and then returned to his sonic haven to piece together his folk pop bricolage. The result after this toil is a charming and effervescent collection of songs, burnished with enough musical flourishes and deviations to suggest a bright future. He launches his album tonight in Odessa. / Mark Keane

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October 14 2011


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
7pm-12pm

how much
€7 (free for contributing artists), BYOB

party
Thats a Wrap!

The best ideas are most often the simplest and UpStart ranks as one of the best this city had seen in ages. Seizing upon the general election and the myriad of ugly mugs and meaningless slogans that blight the lamp posts, they used the same platform to commission artists and promote the importance of creativity midst the hollow electioneering. A magic lightbulb idea executed by volunteers, it grabbed media attention and proved a welcome distraction for the public. Tonight they're wrapping this idea up and hoping to raise proceeds for their next high wattage moment. There's an exhibition of posters and music by a host of acts including Little Green Cars, an indie folk outfit who may well surpass Fianna Fail in the popularity stakes in 2012 once more people cotton on to their brilliance. They look too young to vote but registering approval for this party will do. / Zach Joyce

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October 14 2011


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10.30pm

how much
€12/10

gig
Jacques Greene

Is Jacques Greene the hottest producer in electronic music at the minute? It’s a facetious tag but the blowing-up Canadian is doing his best to give off the impression that he merits such acclaim. With that surefire combination of unerring talent, precociousness - he's only 20 - and a bleeding edge oeuvre that mixes up future bass, r'n'b and house, the wunderkind is enjoying those distinctly heady early throes of success where, it appears, he can do no wrong. His limited edition Greene EP disappeared as quickly as it emerged, snaffled up by his feverish fanbase, and his recent Radiohead Lotus Flower remix has opened him up to the great indie unwashed. His Irish debut is bolstered by appearances from hip-hop genre bender Taylor McFerrin and local breaks specialist Tu-Ki making his live debut.  Promises to be special. Win Tickets / Mark Keane

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October 14 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€14

gig
Introducing Live!

It is hard to believe that it has been almost fifteen years since DJ Shadow released his album Entroducing, made (almost) entirely from samples. More difficult still to grasp is the idea of trying to reproduce the entire album live with a 10-piece band. When I heard about this sonic proposition, frankly, I was quite intrigued. Introducing Live! are a rather dedicated collection of musicians who have stated that in the creation of their live set, they have banned all backing tracks and often resort to many musicians playing two instruments at the same time. All I'm saying is, any human that can reproduce the drum tracks from that album must have been bionically augmented through some secret military programme a long time ago in a hollowed out mountain somewhere. Or something. Win Tickets / Jessica Hayden

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October 15 2011


where
The Screen Cinema, 2 D'olier St, D2
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when
6pm

how much
€25/13

screening
Met: Live - Anna Bolena

The story of Anne Boleyn was pretty operatic before music was even added, really a just add water affair. A little bit exotic, with a keen sense of her own luck, and strangely accepting of her inevitable downfall, Boleyn is the essence of the drama of opera. With some soap opera incest. A conniving and manipulative thoroughly modern Millie, with a head for scandal, and an extra finger for witchcraft, her life was a searing, sizzling crescendo, until the swift French sword came down upon her head on Tower Hill. Stop. No coda. No repeat to fade. The new cinematic chocolate box - The Screen Cinema - will be broadcasting Anna Bolena from the New York Metropolitan Opera, so you can say you were there. In spirit. Let me spell out the awesomeness...you can be at the New York Met...without Jet Lag. Take the chance. / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 15 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€22.50

gig
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The nine Chicagoans who call themselves the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble may as well apply for dual Irish-American citizenship at this stage, so frequently are they on the gig circuit here. However that's where their likeness with presidential nominee Dana Scanlon ends. It's hard to believe they are all 'brothers' as they claim to be, but the way they unite musically onstage, each brandishing a well worn piece of brass, puts any doubts about their siblingly affirmations straight out of your mind. They move together on stage like one. Like one big, shiny, bouncing, happy machine, they will remove all your lurking arhythmic tendencies and replace them with pure and unadulterated fun. I do advise  wearing comfortable clothing and the use of a particularly robust anti-odorant before attending. Win Tickets / Jessica Hayden

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October 15 2011


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€14

comedy
Paul Foot - Still Life

When I pressed my sister to account for her evening at Paul Foot's Still Life at the Soho Theatre (I was too psyched for his Dublin night) she told me it was excellent. And when asked to explain its excellence - well I've cut and pasted that bit: "oh fuck. I can hardly remember...He had insights. And his offstage announcement went on for the majority of the show and when he brought out the woman thing...forgotten her name...it was SCARY." That, my friends, is why you should never ask a Paul Foot devotee about why they love Paul Foot. He is a magnificent, baffling, and mysterious character. If you can aptly articulate what it is that makes Paul Foot better than all the rest, you've just robbed the mystique. And boys and girls, I ain't no Artful Dodger on a midnight rob-up, so we'll leave it there. / Kate Frances Coleman
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October 15 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Oct 12, 15, 16

how much
€20-€35

theatre
Testament

From the Druid theatre company comes this latest offering from the pen of one of Ireland’s greatest writers, Colm Tóibín. Directed by the hugely acclaimed Garry Hynes and starring the always reliable Marie Mullen there is a lot of pressure on this production to deliver given its impressive pedigree - and it does, to an extent. The premise is simple. Mullen’s character recounts the tale of her son’s life, death and legacy – however what makes his story worth telling is the fact that he was the son of God! With some inspired moments and a compelling performance from Mullen this play will definitely give you food for thought. However, there are a couple of kinks that need to be ironed out. Despite this it is worth a look if only to see what happens when artists of such a high calibre collaborate! / Frances Winston

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October 16 2011


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
4pm - late

how much
Free

birthday party
Saucy Sundays

If you live long enough you get to experience, remember and forget all sorts of Sundays. But there can be few more enticing than the promise of a saucy one. Most likely attached with hazy memories of the night before and ending with the uncertainty of mobile number swopping, the proposal of carrying it on in the presence of nine live music acts is a high-risk strategy. However, the SS crew led by Lisa McLaughlin has been testing, showcasing and delivering their own Jools Holland moments in the cosy confines of the Grand Social for over a year now. There'll be candles and I hope cake provocatively smeared across lips at some stage but of most course most importantly there will be music courtesy of the ubiquitous Hot Sprockets, Mob Fandango, The Young Folk among others. Blow hard. / Zach Joyce.

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October 16 2011


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€22.90

gig
Mulatu Astatke

A failed coup d’état in 1960 triggered a decade and a half of change in Ethiopia. While the reign of Emperor Haile Sellassie was far from over, in terms of the music that was produced, the years leading up to his eventual overthrow in 1974 were the most progressive. Some 500 vinyl albums were released in this period of upheaval. While ‘world music’ is an all too easy catch-all for anything that is not American, British or sung in English, the Ethiopiques series shows why this music stands head, shoulders and vibraphone solos above the much of the rest. Mulatu is to North African music what Miles was to modern American jazz. As an aside, cinephiles may be familiar with his music from Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers, lending Bill Murray's ageing lothario a smooth as silk soundtrack to slink around over. / Simon Judge

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October 16 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
8.30pm

how much
€15

album launch
3epkano

It was summer wasn't it? The rug was out. You bought prosecco cause you're that age now. You might have might have even attempted a cheese board with grapes. To be all sophisticated and all. It was the summer right? The damp patch of delight you carried home may well have been made possible by 3epkano. Their open air performances in some of our city parks to silent silver screen classics such as Man With A Movie Camera, Nosferatu and Metropolis are fondly remembered. They return to the instrumental fold with their new opus Hans The Reluctant Wolf Juggler, a richly textured sonic journey. One to close the eyes and swell the heart to. And perhaps dream of that summer. 3epkano will celebrate their album launch by delivering a live soundtrack to G.W. Pabst’s silent era classic Pandora’s Box. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

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October 17 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
5pm, 6.40pm

how much
€7.50

cinema
Tyrannosaur

A remarkable debut by Paddy Considine, perfectly gritty in every department. A razor-sharp tempered man attempts a tyranny on every living thing, including his dog. He is clearly troubled, but hints are given at a valiant heart. His bravado is showing signs of weakness against the younger men in his tough neighbourhood. For the first time in his life he is admitting that he is scared and lost. He stumbles across a kind woman who recognizes his good nature and he allows a change in his behaviour. They begin to care for each other and he quickly realizes he is not the only one in pain and in need of change. Her husband is a menace to her good nature, failing to comprehend the intimacy of marriage. They take comfort in each other's failings and begin to rebuild their lives. British film is alive and well. / Edmund Buckley

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October 17 2011


where
Harry Clarke Theatre, NCAD Gallery, Thomas Street, Dublin 8

when
6.30pm

how much
Free

talk
NCAD Architecture Talk

In Dublin we are blissfully unaware on a day-to-day basis of the monstrous houses strewn about the countryside; a daily reminder that while the boom did allow us to build massive houses, it definitely did not buy us taste. We bribed planning officials (SUE ME everyone in Wicklow who built a house in the last 10 years), pretended we needed massive garages, and then 'converted' them into flats and fought wars over and under boundaries. Air rifles for Christmas for that. We then built in brick. Red brick...in Ireland? White plastic fascias on a stone cottage? How did we think this was all alright? At NCAD they care about this and fixing our scarred rural areas and huggin'n'lovin it and our lovely traditions. Award winning Orla Murphy will tell us about where rural Ireland came from, and where it's going. / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 18 2011


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
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when
10am-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Disturbance & Civil Rights etc.

At he Hugh Lane gallery they've gone all political. Showing Disturbance by twice Turner Prize nominee Willie Doherty and Civil Rights etc. with work by Rita Donagh and ‘Pop’ art originator Richard Hamilton. Both exhibitions cover social ground from the 1980s to the present day. In the latter you will see the most iconic work ever made about The Troubles in Hamilton’s The State, The Citizen and The Subject, and he continues his interest in political unrest with recent work concerning the war in Iraq and situations in the Middle East. Willie Doherty shows a new video piece that explores the subtle strains of an environment that has been witness to merciless brutality, alongside older photographs regarding surveillance and territory in his native Derry. War and political strife make good fodder for great art. / Katie Tsouros

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October 18 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
3pm, 7pm

how much
€5.20-€9.20

cinema
Midnight in Paris

Allen's latest offering has been tipped as a return to form. It is. Owen Wilson, unusually cast as the hero, is Gil, a Hollywood hack on holiday in Paris with his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams), and her parents. Allen, a master of the self-reflexive cliché, creates a circus of their family dynamic, setting Gil apart from their conservatism to begin his journey of self-assessment. This takes the form of surreal midnightly jaunts to the Paris of the 1920s with the likes of Hemmingway, Picasso and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates). There is more than a touch of Goodnight Sweetheart about Gil’s adventures, especially when things become complicated with the smoldering Adriana (Marion Cotillard), but the sumptuous backdrop of Paris sucks you into Allen's romanticised view of the era as convincingly as it does Gil. / Tess Motherway

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October 19 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8.15pm

how much
€15/€12 concessions

comedy
Keith Farnan - Money, Money, Money

Keith Farnham studied hard, got his degree and a proper, permanent and pensionable job. Then he realised he was funny as hell and turned his hand to comedy. Now firmly established on the international scene, his shows are thought-provoking as well as hilarious. He is not a comedian who stands there and simply fires jokes at you - almost everything he says has some sort of social context, and no one leaves his shows without re-appraising their opinions on certain subjects. One of the few comedians who manages to be politically correct while discussing the most non-PC subjects, he recently filmed a pilot, so may soon be coming to our small screens. However, nothing can replicate the experience of seeing comedy live so check out this latest offering! Win Tickets / Frances Winston

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October 19 2011


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
Oct 10-16th, Wed-Sat: 11am-7pm, Sun: 2-5pm

how much
Free

pop-up
Jennifer Slattery Textiles

If you are tired of vintage chintz and plain linen and Scandinavian Design fascism, Jennifer Slattery's collection of  tablelcloths, cushions and throws give some alternative comfort for the senses. Pigment, fabric embroidery and digitally printed imagery are woven together to create her latest collection, An Imperfect World, on show at the RHA Pop-Up series. Inspired by her granny's house where she now lives, she brings to a life a tapestry of memories. This Irish designer's collection alludes to trinkets that link us to past memories, ornaments and objects of past generations whilst celebrating the flaws, broken edges and the imperfections that exude character in an object .. you can also meet the designer at a drinks reception onsite Sat 15th 3-6pm. / Elish Bul-Godley

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where
15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

when
Thursday to Monday: 12pm-6pm, Closed Tues&Weds

how much
€5.95 (online) €9.95 (on door)

le other
The Little Museum of Dublin

Housed in two small rooms on the first-floor of a restored Georgian townhouse, The Little Museum of Dublin really is everything it says on the tin. What it lacks in space is compensated by the quality and variety of items on show, charting the city’s many ups and downs over the course of the last century. The photos, posters, letters and artifacts that cover the walls trace a fantastically idiosyncratic journey from Queen Vic’s last visit in 1900 to the beginning of the boom, via such fascinating oddities as Ronnie Drew’s passport (with ‘before and after’ beard pics) and a 1970s Captain America's menu (‘Diet Burger’ for 97p anyone?). Time your visit to coincide with a guided tour, after which you’ll have plenty of time to find your fave historical titbit to get all nostalgic about. Seems Mam was right when she said size isn’t everything… / Tom Donegan

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Ladies of the Darklight

Sinéad Ni Bhroin and Nicky Gogan from Darklight tell le cool about about Strictly Roots, the 13th edition of their independent, DIY, lo/no budget digital film festival.

The theme emerged from a couple of places. Firstly, moving into The Factory which is a space aimed towards film production companies working collaboratively.

I (Nicky) was at SXSW and saw Sound it Out which was funded by crowdsourcing and had DIY distribution and Bellflower, by Evan Glodell. While we've always covered aspects of community filmmaking, this year we made it the main focus.

We have ten hours of short films programmed that stem just from collectives, film co-operatives, and community groups.

People are interested in seeing how disused buildings are being re-appropriated. It's great to have a festival within our own venue.

Darklight launches next Thursday and runs until Saturday, Oct. 22nd in The Factory, 35A Barrow St. Grand Canal Dock. PHOTO: seanandyvette