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My Dearest Dublin,

I was thinking back to the intoxicating years which we've spent together and my senses are in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Dublin, what a strange effect you have on my heart!

On this day I want to put in words how I feel about you. I know it hasn't always been easy, your parents took some time to warm to me and that English ex-boyfriend was always hanging around, but over the years our love has grown, and the more we learn about each other, the more in love we become.

Yes, there were the affairs along the way (New York, Berlin) but they were weekend flings and we were going through some rough times. You had that big job with the estate agents and I felt a little left out. If anything, those dalliances made me realise how much I adore you.

When I think of all the ways I love you, I think of your laugh, your smile, the way you embrace me when I'm down and ground me when I get too high.

When I'm with you, I'm home. 

Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy, Adam and Camille.
"...your heart feels so light that it could float out of your chest." - M&E
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February 14 2013


where
Various, see link.,


when
12pm -12am

how much
Varies see HERE

celebration
A Date With Dublin

For many of us, Valentine's day can pose some difficult questions: Will the romance of the occasion magically transmute that heart-shaped box of diabetic shock into an evening of gasping palpatation? Does €4.99 represent a fair price for a highly flammable novelty thong? Why must I account for my every movement? Cast such thoughts aside and take the high road as TBCT present 'A Date with Dublin' - a programme of events designed to tug at the heart strings while firing the imagination. There are screenings of romantic classics, Brief Encounter and Amelie on Meeting House Square and a special guided tour of libidinous art in the National Gallery. Bring your other half, bring your buddy, just don't let coyness stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

February 14 2013


where
Recommended carparks:
Drury Street
Fleet Street
Parnell St

when
When lust is upon you

how much
Free

sport
A View From Above

Oh, OH! Oh! Ooooh, excuse ME, Valentine's Day. Dinner? A movie? Missionary position? Snorlax. My girl don't conform to the sheeple. Bitches love views, dude! Free views. Take your peepers and your lady's peepers up to the top floor of ANY of Dublin's multistorey carparks for the lesser spotted spectacle that is our oul flower of a city from the centre looking out. Hold hands as the lift ascends, your hearts beating in tandem, your breathing heavy at the prospect of the cheap thrill you're about to experience...together. And at the top, as you bask in the glory that is D.town, the wind tussling your hair like the little scamps you are, she'll put a finger to your lips to silence the inane nervous babble as she whispers: "If it wasn't for my amaxophobia, we'd be doing sex now." / Karl Watson

 

February 14 2013


where
All City Records, 4 Crow St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
7pm - 9pm

how much
Free

fashion & music
Homebird

Maser's bold and simple statements, on life and our city, coupled with his striking colour palette easily lend themselves to being the T-Shirt on our backs and the message on our hearts. However, it wasn't until he and his mate, stylist Leah Burke were given the heads up on this by videographer Al Hooi that they reckoned they could and should do it. Tonight they're launching Homebird and inviting all us chickens to come home to roost in the coop that is All-City Records. The Look Book's been created and such is Maser's imprint on, and affinity, of Dublin that it should well encompass all from Ballymun to the Liberties and besides. Those Greedy Pigs are also muscling in on the action and sure you might even spy Damien Dempsey through the corner of your eye as you hip bash your way for a beer. / Michael McDermott

 

February 14 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7.30pm nightly until 16th February

how much
€15/12 per night.

festival
12 Points Festival

If you weren't there the millisecond those Keith Jarrett tickets went on sale, you're not going. Move on already. Grab bragging rights to Tomorrow's Jazz legends instead, at the syncopated birth of new euro-cool in IMC's 12 Points Festival. It drops anchor in Dublin after last year's stint in Porto. Hundreds of submissions had to die to deliver its shortlist of 12 young bands delivering continental treats from Gothenburg (vocal gymnasts Soil Collectors), Thessaloniki (solo pianist Nikolas Anadolis), Trondheim (saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg's Concept), Amsterdam (No Wave influenced Cactus Truck) and back to Dublin (the impossible to classify OKO). You won't knowdiddly about new jazz in Europe until you’ve given these kids your douze points! Win Tickets / Elish & Des

   
 

February 14 2013


where
The Mercantile, 28 Dame St, Dublin 2
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when
9pm

how much
€7/9

club night
Bitches Be Getting Hitched

Be foreveralone no more! Lame-stream corporate holiday meets androgynous too-cool-for-conventional-sexuality-labels boy/girl/third gender hybrid of your acid dreams at Bitches Be Something Something. Also, there will be a large pink limo for the best gang to arrive in shtyle, so all your My Big Fat Tacky Knacker Debs Night ambitions can come true, but with more bath salts and plant food. Oh wait, you're not an art student? Well ok, um awkward, but I guess you can still come if you have a snakebite piercing/PVC doc martins/bleached undercut/crackbird tattoo and put out? But know this: they is gonna Jackson Pollock all over your tits yo (art joke, you wouldn't get it) and Tracey Emin all over girls who say no. Probably will be the decentest event on, if you're too classy for car parks. / Karl Watson

 

February 14 2013


where
Fringe HQ Sycamore Building Temple Bar

when
11am

how much
Free

interactive
Elevenses

Dublin’s Fringe Festival delivers top quality theatre year on year, pushing boundaries and reinventing what we think theatre is. Not only is Dublin Fringe an excellent festival, but the people who run it are friendly, approachable and keen to meet as many artistes as possible. In the past few months they have opened their doors at Fringe HQ to any and all arty theatre types to sip tea and meet other creative folk. The incentive is lovingly entitled 'Elevenses' and has proved very successful thus far. You get tea, a biscuit and the chance to meet all manner of wonderful people such as the Fringe crew, actors, musicians, writers, circus performers, dancers, lighting designers and so on. 'Elevenses' gives you an opportunity to come in from the cold and meet other people on the Fringe of brilliance. / Joseph Kearney

 

February 14 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€8/€5 before 9pm

party
Love Jones

“I've got a love jones for your body and your skin tones.” Saynomore. But aside from its casual racism and sexism, the sentence gives some intimation of what to expect of HipDrop Collective's mouthwatering set up for this Valentine's Day. We start off with a screening of Suite For Ma Dukes, the film dedicated to cult music producer J Dilla. From there it's onto Butter, the neo-soul band composed of drummer Dennis Cassidy, Sean Maynard Swift, saxophonist Sam Comerford with the honeyed tones of vocalist Georgia Cusack. This is not a night for those who lack rhythm, as it's set to whip up a groove frenzy after getting you down low and mellow. ChoiceCuts Djs to follow, so if you want a Valentine's Day boogie, hook-up, or just to appreciate the legs-turned-to-jelly quality of the music, be there. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

February 15 2013


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€13- €40

theatre
King Lear

Maybe Shakespeare had just seen too much by the time he came round to writing King Lear. There's the absence of an overt maternal figure as well as vengeful daughters breaking the shackles of familial duty, and that greedy, lustful bastard son of Gloucester, whose ego and libido craves what he does not deserve, the fruits of what he did not earn, his downfall. Owen Roe brings enormous physicality and thespian grandeur to the role of Lear while Hugh O'Conor is heavy-legged but quick witted as The Fool. The ensemble cast is choreographed from a pack of base wolves, fossil headed and fierce, into obedient pawns in a war that isn't theirs to fight. A war that, had it not been for Lear's objection to his sweet Cordelia's rejection of floral rhetoric and hollow hyperbole, would never have passed. / Cora Burke

 

February 15 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
11:30pm

how much
€5/€10

club night
Crush

If you are of the lady persuasion and you spent yesterday a) lost in hollow, Amber Heard fuelled fantasies, b) engulfed in wild, vodka soaked self-pity or c) entranced by raindrops coursing down your window pane with just your pussy for company - then tonight is the night to rectify this sad, sad situation and surround yourself with all manner of grrrls, ladies, women and chicks (and some token men folk). These girls will be so drenched in vodka they will literally become Amber Heard before your very eyes. I’m kidding, she’s way out of your league! Anyway, forget about her: slake yourself on the drinks specials, smoke a cigarette, dance to the cheesy music of lady love and let your best friend just try and stop you from macking on her hot ex. Spring has sprung, V day is behind you, now go get CRUSHED (oh and work the vag!) /Adam Duxbury

 

February 15 2013


where
Ranelagh Arts,


when
10am-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Elements

I’m a bit of a Gollum when it comes to sparkly things. Give me something shiny and I’ll be hopping about on all fours, hissing 'my precious' in no time. Therefore, I was in my element at this new jewellery and glass art exhibition featuring work from Deirdre Chonrua, Ruzica Ruane, Emma Andrews, and Doreen Burke. Beautiful blown glass beads, woven 3D necklaces, striking glass cuff links and stunning sequin encrusted marbled glass adorn the walls of the gallery. There’s a particular emphasis on non-traditional materials, and it’s great to see home grown designers celebrated. Everything on display is for sale, so if you forgot February 14th in a haze of bad boyfriend/girlfriendness, it’s the perfect place to pick up a little something for the special (but clearly not special enough) person in your life... / Beccy Fitzpatrick

   
 

February 16 2013


where
Thomas House, 86 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
9pm

how much
Free

club night
The Big Itch Club

It's been a couple of days since Valentine's and that faux-romantic buzz still lingers in the air like the smell of burnt popcorn. Everyone you know seems to be planning weddings in the south of France and popping out sprogs, and you can't even get that boy you like to return your text. Sigh. You could hide in your onesie, knit jumpers for your cat and watch New Girl (this goes for boys too). Or, you could put on some lipstick, backcomb your hair into a 50s B-movie beehive, and head down to The Big Itch Club for a night of trashy garage rock madness. Pros: You can drink pints with your mates, swoon over September Girls' own brand of spooky garage pop, and dance your ass off to garage punk rockers, The Objectorz and thrash pop three piece, HUNK. Cons: Your cat will know what happens in New Girl before you do. / Jen Connell

 

February 16 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Vessel

There must be some rich vein of creativity running underneath Bristol. Some crazy seam of talent that gives that music scene such remarkable ingenuity and inventiveness. From Trip-hop to Dubstep, they’ve always been at the vanguard, and the latest Bristolian rising star is electronic music producer Vessel. Although you might say he’s more sonic reducer than producer, hollowing out the shells of club-bangers and filling them with night. Fractured facsimiles of dub and techno lurch along with their own strange logic. These are the skeletons of stolen songs, eerily familiar yet hollow and twisted. Artificial constructs, rickety, collapsing, echoes of something more substantial. Vessel shows that dance music isn’t only about dancing– some of the most interesting spaces can be found between the genres. This should be superb. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

February 16 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
10.30pm

how much
€9/7.50

screening
Hollywood Babylon - Prom Night

There are those people who were lucky enough to grow up in America, and then there are those people who were lucky enough to grow up in America in the ‘80s. Where the ridiculous spectacle of post-adolescent trauma called High School concluded with a proper Prom Night, punch-drowned,  mullet-curled, blinded-by-sequins affair that hopefully crescendoed in the back of an Oldsmobile, after which everyone woke up the next day as an adult. Tonight, the Hollywood Babylon rabble will be screening Pretty in Pink, and far more importantly, staging a prom of their own IN THE CINEMA. There’ll be dancing, buckets of boozy punch and the coronation of a Prom King and Queen. You have one brief glorious chance to experience High School. Dress to impress. / Donny Mahoney

 

February 16 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
€10

gig
Moon Boots

Since its inception in the 17th century, only two people have truly challenged Newton’s law of gravitation: Einstein and Moon Boots. The former was a revolutionary mind in the world of theoretical physics; the latter is a firm believer in the power of disco and R&B jive over the physical forces of the universe. Now that the discovery of the Higgs boson has called Einstein’s principles into question, Moon Boots stands alone with the only credible answer. His philosophy is, quite simply, that gravity is irrelevant. The proof is in his tracks; try listening to No One without the occurrence of a slight degree of levitation. Hidden Agenda are strong proponents of the American innovator and are hosting this conference in support of the idea that you can dance like the laws of physics don’t apply. / Jerath Head

 

February 16 2013


where
Bewley's Theatre Cafe, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
01 635 5470‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
tbc

gig
i am niamh

Irish singer-songwriter i am niamh has managed to achieve the unusual – a laid back sound that is still full of attitude. After years composing for other people, 2012 finally saw her own music and identity come to the fore – she has spent the last year touring across the UK and Ireland, and this is the week in which her debut album officially launches. Her classical background is showcased through instrumentals: drums meet jumpy piano and eerie cello, but her clean vocals are truly contemporary. Try squeezing into the special launch concert here – or buy the album (just five sweet songs) here. / Natasha Sherling

 

February 16 2013


where
Tamango’s, Coast Road, Portmarnock, Co Dublin

when
11pm

how much
€15 on the door

dj set
Sister Bliss

As a founding member of the legendary Faithless, Sister Bliss is undeniably one of the coolest women ever to grace a stage, and the most kick-ass keyboardist since Rick Wakeman hung up his cape. Tamango’s meanwhile is synonymous with clubbing in 80s Dublin, and er...the eighties aren't quite due a revival, so it remains a mystery as to how Sister Bliss's agent managed to sell this one to her. What will happen when these two giants meet? Will Sister Bliss be left forever stuck in an 80s timewarp, or will Tamango's be dragged kicking and screaming into 2013? So check out where the cool people hung out before you were born (or even possibly, the reason you were born, Blue Nun'n'Babysham cocktails generally led to that) and boggle at the retro ledge of it all. / Frances Winston

   
 

February 17 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
4:20pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
The Last Projectionist

There is a scene in Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo turns the projector so that it casts the film into the town’s piazza. Explaining as he does so the power of film and how it can exist outside the confines of the cinema building. As metaphors go it’s fairly heavy handed but given the time of the film’s release with the affordability of VHS players it was a potent one. If Cinema Paradiso was the fairytale about the decline of the community cinema then The Last Projectionist is its last will and testament. Using the Electric Cinema in Birmingham as its narrative base, this film tells the tale of Britain’s independent cinemas and the roles they filled through the years, from silent beginnings to cartoons, from porn to the art world. This is one for the film lover, the film historian and the film nostalgic. / David Cadwallader

 

February 17 2013


where
Thomas House, 86 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
Regular pub hours

how much
Depends on your gargle

le other
Thomas House

Music is very important to us. Throw in a couple of glasses of something fun and you've got a party. Why then is it so difficult to find a decent bar in this sorry burg with that intoxicating mix of both hooch and tunes? I'm not talking about the plops and squelches of modern electronica neither, that's for drugs. Thank Christ then for the Thomas House - this place has skipped through recent incarnations, but with silver-quiffed Kevin O'Kelly at the helm the needle has finally hit the groove. Some bars are floor-fillers, some pubs sing-alongs, Thomas House is a b-side. Punk, rockabilly, ska, goth, rock 'n roll, you'll find someone spinning them virtually every night. Live. On vinyl. Walk through the door and you're one of the gang. There's a venue in the basement and BrewDog on tap. Sit at the ouija-board table, we're with you in spirit. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

February 17 2013


where
CFCP, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, D2
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
€8.50/€6

screening
Ek Tha Tiger

If you are the sort that likes to go cinema drinking, here’s my suggestions for watching Ek Tha Tiger. Drink every time you see a Luas where it shouldn’t be, every time someone runs into a pub in temple bar only to run out on to Nassau Street and every time you see someone you know in a song and dance routine involving the Kilkenny hurling team! This will get you well on the route to merriment! To be honest, this is the most rip roaringly ridiculous film I’ve ever seen and as such is also the best fun I’ve ever had with my clothes on. With stunts from the same guy that choreographed the Bourne films, a lovely line in mammy jumpers from Tiger the super sleuth, and handily for those of us with tiny bladders - an interval, if you are looking for a film that includes action to rival bond, romance, humour, and music, this is the one for you! / Beccy Fitzpatrick

   
 

February 18 2013


where
The Front Lounge, 33-34 Parliament St Dublin 2
Location Map

when
Runs for the month...

how much
Free

exhibition
Orla Mellon - Hunted

Orla Mellon draws on her roots as a country girl and butcher's daughter in her fantastic first solo exhibition in the city. Hunted is a series of wild animals boldly bouncing off the walls of The Front Lounge into our line of sight. Pheasants take flight across flock wallpaper, a magpie morphs into a target practice on a purple backdrop. There's a fox, a stag, a badger, a hare - all simplistic, yet expertly realised, vivid representations of nature painted in acrylics on canvas. Honing in on her previous work in textile design, Mellon's juxtapositions contrast the great outdoors with the cosy conceptions of domesticity. There's a real talent on display here, indeed the only talent evident here on a shuddery February evening. / Michael McDermott

 

February 18 2013


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until March 28th

how much
Free

exhibition
Katy Moran

Katy Moran's abstract works take up residence in the Douglas Hyde and you'd be a fool not to pay them a visit. The compositions are small but evocative with plenty of action housed in each pedestrian frame, like colour swatches jostling for position on petri-dishes. The work has a fine art feel but is clearly modern in execution, and what's more, it's exciting. As Moran says herself, "painting is pretending you are out of control, trying to introduce accident, chance and things that are unplanned that interest and surprise you more than anything you have consciously or intellectually conceived." It's clear that Moran is in control though, and even though at times it looks like Conor Harrington is trying to break through from the other side of the easel, her decision making is on the mark. / Vernon Steel

 

February 18 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
4.10/ 8.40pm

how much
€8.50- €9.90

screening
Side by Side

The King is dead. Long live the King. The celluloid era of filmmaking is coming to end, and the seismic shift to digital formats is upon us. What harm, eh? Well, anyone who's ever gorged in the 70mm of cinematic perfection that is Lawrence of Arabia will understand what a huge loss this will be. Digital has been praised for its intimacy, immediacy and, most importantly, longevity of shooting time. Yet its glaring visual limitations have invariably dissuaded many from embracing it. Only now, since cameras have begun to replicate the depth of light and colours once exclusively the property of the photochemical process, has the death of film become an supposed inevitability. Featuring interviews by Keanu Reeves (!) with the likes of Scorsese and Lynch, any film buff worth their popcorn salt will be in geek heaven. / Simon Judge

   
 

February 19 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
6.10pm

how much
€11

jdiff
Something In The Air

Olivier Assayas is a tricky director to pin down. One minute he's making elegiac and oh so French films like the wistful Summer Hours, the next he's turning his hand to faintly absurd thrillers like the cyber-sex epic Demonlover. His last film, Carlos, was something else again - a 5-hour epic about the eponymous Jackal that came across as a 70s-set Bourne with a post-punk soundtrack. It earned him some of the best notices of his career. With the semi-autobiographical Something In The Air, he's once again painting on a smaller canvas. Set in 1970s Paris, it's animated by the same revolutionary impulses as Carlos, but where that film was bold and brash, this is low-key and romantic. No mere nostalgia trip, it's another predictably interesting film from this most unpredictable of filmmakers. / Conor McDevitt

 

February 19 2013


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
6-8pm (performance 6.30pm)

how much
Free. Book HERE

exhibition
Or Tears, Of Course

Ed Atkins inevitably questions the meaning of life, our very existence and beyond into a sort of post existence. Humourous fumblerules are brought into visual existence. His work has the ability to leave the viewer slightly bewildered or stupefied. It is Atkins' first exhibition in Ireland, and he has devised a new performance that will take place on the opening night, which will go on to exist in the form of a film throughout the duration of the exhibition. In this interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Atkins seems to obsess over the cadaver. If it's anything like his exhibition US Dead Talk Love, the display of dematerialised digital media images will captivate and immerse and hopefully leave us feeling drunk on thought. The show is curated by Isobel Harbison. / Margaret McLaughlin

 

February 19 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15/€10/€40 (family)

gig
Get The Blessing

Think of Bristol in the west of England, far removed from established music centres in London and Manchester. Then imagine yourself in the early 1990s witnessing the emergence of trip hop. Incorporating soul, dub, electronica, funk and jazz influences, it produced artists like Tricky and the bands Massive Attack and Portishead. Get The Blessing includes bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer, who were the former rhythm section from the aforementioned Portishead. Since forming in 2000 with the twin horns and electronics of saxophonist Jake McMurchie and trumpeter Pete Judge, the band has become one of the most exciting on the live UK jazz scene. Winners of the BBC Jazz Award 2008 for their debut album All Is Yes, theirs is a sound unlike anyone else, with glorious riffs and interplay between trumpet, drums, bass and saxophone. / Des FitzGerald

 

February 19 2013


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6.30 - 8.30pm

how much
Admisson free. Booking required, see link.

talk
Marriage Equality

"Will you enter into a civil partnership with me?" Hardly romantic, is it? Especially when you consider the many things it doesn't afford a couple that a full civil marriage would. There have been some welcome steps for the marriage equality movement in the last few years, but keeping things on a 'some more equal than others' basis is straight up wrong. Obama gets it. The UK gets it. France gets it too. Here's hoping Ireland will be looking back on this from a place of real equality very soon. Then, like in all cases of repression, it will be vital to remember the struggle it took to overcome it. For LGBT History Month all are invited to this discussion, gay or straight, not just to learn about key steps from those in the movement but to share stories as part of documenting something that belongs to all of us. / Hayley Reynolds

 

February 19 2013


where
Little Green Gallery & Cafe, 13 High Street Christchurch Dublin 7


when
6pm

how much
Free

screening
Wes Anderson Tuesdays

Brandishing their hallmark of endearingly flawed characters, retro colour palettes, classic soundtracks and the ever-welcome Bill Murray; you can't help but become attached to Wes Anderson's films. And if you haven't yet been bitten by that bug of dry wit and an unconventional dress-code, then you've a homework club to attend. Each Tuesday in February has been dedicated to the off-beat Texan director, and not only can you catch two of his flicks back to back, you can enjoy an evening of Anderson's meticulously chosen soundtracks too. With the likes of Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited to choose from and in the company of like-minded Andersonians, those who come costumed in homage to a character will be suitably rewarded. / Sarah Folan

   
 

February 20 2013


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
8.35pm

how much
€11

jdiff
A Hijacking

Are you a fan of Scandinavian dramas? Have you dropped out of nights out in favour of staying in and catching up with Borgen? Does your search history contain any of the following search terms: “sarah lund jumpers”; “where can I buy a sarah lund jumper”; “no seriously, where do I buy a sarah lund jumper???” If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you are in luck as JDIFF gets underway with a screening of A Hijacking, a drama from Borgen scribe Tobias Lindholm, who will also be in attendance. A tense thriller, the film centres on a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates and follows the dramatic negotiations that ensue to free those held captive on the ship. Under the deft direction of Lindholm, A Hijacking is absorbing, taut and authentic - a treat for any Scandi aficionados. Win tickets / Amy O’Connor

 

February 20 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
see here

how much
€7.50- €9.50

cinema
Hitchcock

Looking like Christopher Nolan’s vision of The Penguin, Sir Anthony Hopkins slides himself into the suits and jowls’ of the ‘The Master of Suspense’. Did you notice they share the initials ‘Sir A.H’? This role was surely destiny, pre-determined by Hopkins’ parents (and the Queen). Don’t expect a full bio though; this is a pretty slight tale about the relationship between Mr and Mrs H and the making of Psycho. Hopkins’ performance is witty, subtle, a bit slimy and generally bang on, but Helen Mirren, as dutiful wife and formidable creative partner Alma, runs away with all of our attention (as usual). Hitchcock creeps on Janet Leigh (Scarlet Johansson giving much better lung than Anne Heche) and Alma has near-trysts with a suave writer. Halfway through I wished I was actually watching Psycho, but this is charming, classy stuff. / Adam Duxbury

 
Claire Dix - Broken Song

Claire Dix talks Reel Art and pure forms of self expression ahead of the screening of Broken Song at this year's JDIFF.

I’m not a hip-hop fan. I don’t call Broken Song a hip-hop documentary. When I met Git and Costello, they rapped for the camera and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. It was really original. The lyrics were brilliant. There was such passion in the delivery, and it was very honest and raw. I thought there was something there worth exploring.

We were a couple of years trying to get this off the ground. Eventually, we looked at Reel Art, which is the scheme it got funded through. It’s not a definitive guide to the hip-hop scene in Dublin, as we’re only looking at three artists – Git, Costello and Willa Lea.

Their ethos is that they are not in it for commercial success. What they want to do is use it to pass on a positive message to younger kids to get them off the streets and get them out of gangs. That’s what I was interested in looking at – how they use their art form and mode of expression for good.

Broken Song will screen as part of JDIFF on February 18th at the IFI. PHOTO: Al Higgins