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Make a film on the weekend. Just grab a few pals and bust out your iPhones. Maybe invest in a mini tripod, but even that isn't totally necessary.

Mark Duplass, one of the reigning kings of mumblecore, doesn't see why you should spend years with scripts in development, and producers grasping for the funds to get your vision realised when you have the tools at your disposal to create lo-fi film with minimal resources.

When you consider that the budget for the incredible Pilgrim Hill by Gerard Barrett was €4,500, it's clear that film-makers are cottoning on to the notion that they can do spectacular things with limited finances - if they embrace their limitations.

The Duplass brothers blew €65,000 savings on their first film, Vince del Rio, but made their second for $3, because, " it really doesn’t matter what your movie looks like – because if you have a voice and something interesting to say they will like you and they will program you.” That second movie, The New Brad, made it to SXSW and Sundance.

So who's treading the boards and who's steadying the camera? Kate or Michael

"There are so many legends and mythical creatures, I can always find a new one want to draw. " - Lisa McHugo
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Call of the Banshee

We spoke to Eimear Ryan, Claire Hennessy, and Laura Jane Cassidy about their new literary journal, Banshee. 

We're a new print journal run by three writers with diverse tastes and influences. All of us were born in 1986; we're old enough to have some clue about what we're doing and experience with the literary world, but young enough to have a very different take on Ireland, literature, and contemporary culture than many traditional voices have. Allow your work to be the best that it can be, before you send it. Be fearless, and submit work that you are excited about. We're looking for exceptional new writing from Ireland and around the world. We are interested in flash fiction, short stories, essays and poetry. We are looking for work that is contemporary and accessible, literary without being pretentious. All three of us are writers - we are passionate about words and language, and excited to read new work.

At Banshee we believe in paying writers, and can offer a small fee to our contributors. We envision being a platform for stunning, powerful new writing – work that not only uses language well, but also says something.

To submit or find out more, visit bansheelit.com. Expect Issue 1 in the autumn. PHOTO: Ciara Corrigan

   
 

March 19 2015


where
Cross Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8
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when
Until 28 March

how much
Free

exhibition
<> = Less Greater Equal

Down in the basement of the Cross Gallery is the Nag Gallery where I stumble upon the solo work of Brendan Fox. Evocatively shot in black in white, I find myself witnessing this naked Jamie Doranesque man self-harming, daubing 'I Am Fucking Equal' on a wall, trashing some ladders and assuming a Jesus complex whilst babbling a torrent of words like a child caught robbing an orchard circa 1951. There's sound and fury with some significance here. Fox "picks the scab of psychological repression, loss and the idiosyncratic nature of sexual identity" according to the one sheet on the way in. And there's little doubt that he's angry. Four accompanying photos see him with the words "Fuck Me" scrawled on his back whilst cowering in a corner and curled up in a shopping trolley. It's a dark and personal journey we witness. I hope he's happier now or will be after May 22nd. / Zach Joyce

 

March 19 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€16/14

theatre
I ♥ Alice ♥ I

Two Crumlin women in their mid-60’s share a wink, and rare public kiss by some supermarket marmalades. A director sees them and coaxes them in to making a documentary about their relationship. They are reluctant, and have always been very discreet about their relationship, fearful they might lose their jobs. An intimate and hilarious peek in to the last 30 years of their lives, Alice and Alice tell how they were neighbours growing up who realised they had always been in love (husbands and Dusty Springfield aside). The two charming Alices’ love story will remind you of every sweet older couple you’ve ever seen tottering down the sidewalk in matching raincoats, and make you hopeful for your own great love story. / Olivia Rutter

 

March 19 2015


where
Powerscourt Shopping Centre, 59 William Street South, D2
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when
1pm (until March 28)

how much
€10 (€12 Fri/Sat)

theatre
Down and Out in Paris and London

If you've ever tread the boards, aspire to act or simply appreciate the conjuring of worlds with merely words and movement, then this is a theatrical masterclass. Phelim Drew inhabits characters and switches inflections with masterful aplomb. He strides across the bare stage as an acting colossus. Adapting George Orwell's 1933 tale of the vagaries of poverty shows how ripe this material remains. "But the trouble is that intelligent, cultivated people, the very people who might be expected to have liberal opinions, never do mix with the poor" is as sharply observed now as then. Half-starved quarrelsome soaks populate the festering existence he inhabits as a plongeur (dishwasher) in Paris and tramp in London. Bringing this Show in a Bag production along for the temporary decampment of Bewley's Cafe Theatre to its Powerscourt location proves a splendid stroke. / Michael McDermott

 

March 19 2015


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 19 March

how much
Free

exhibition
Resonate

This week, Time magazine highlighted some Irish photographers to watch, and Deirdre McQuillan featured Ronan Gallagher in the Irish Times off the back of his work for Gucci. Don't worry though, homegrown photography isn't just being celebrated online, but also with Resonate, a showcase of some of our best photographers' fashion work, co-curated by Aisling Farinella (Fashion and Textiles advisor, ID2015) and Darragh Shanahan (Gallery of Photography). Expect work from Andrew Nuding, Sean + Yvette, Boo George, Liam Murphy, Sarah Doyle and many others, including our adopted superstar snapper, Perry Ogden. This is only a fleeting flavour of the talent in the country, and those representin' elsewhere, but either way, it is most definitely prescribed viewing. / Kate Coleman

   
 

March 20 2015


where
CoCu, 9 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4.

when
11am-4pm

how much
Pay as you please

food
CoCu

Counter culture usually refers to a group whose attitudes differ from that of the prevailing culture and new food spot CoCu is doing just that. The name ‘CoCu’ is a play on ‘counter culture’ referring to the fact that they are serving up fast, over the counter food but using local, seasonal and healthy ingredients. They will serving a bright, concise lunch menu with not a sandwich in sight. Choose from build-your-own CoCu boxes like Middle Eastern Chicken or Charred Beef Flank with pickled vegetables. Next week super healthy breakfasts start with Green Beards juices and Roasted Brown coffee. Opening Friday they are inviting customers to ‘Pay As You Please’ with all proceeds going to Food Cloud, a Dublin based social enterprise that connects businesses that have too much food with charities that have too little. Lunch that tastes good and does good? Yes please. / Ali Dunworth

 

March 20 2015


where
ArtBox, Unit 3, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1.


when
Until April 25

how much
Free


Dead Zoo

Natural History museums are often referred to as “dead zoos” due to the opportunity to a wide variety of animals, albeit taxidermy ones. The world population is expected to reach over 10 billion by 2050, and our environment will not be able to support us in the same way anymore. Maybe Network had the right idea; it’s gonna be a tight squeeze. The artists use a wide range of materials to explore possible solutions to our overcrowded, polluted future; maybe we need to embrace our wild side in order to survive. Visually and mentally engaging, come contemplate just how far removed from the current inhabitants of the dead zoo we really are. / Olivia Rutter

 

March 20 2015


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€28

comedy
Simon Amstell

Simon Amstell is like the real-life subject of a Woody Allen movie, without the inappropriate relationships with would-be child brides. He's funny, he's biting, he's insecure. His notoriety for angering b-list celebs (Luke Pritchard of The Kooks thought he was a real psychiatrist on Popworld, that incident with Preston from the Ordinary Boys) has overshadowed his comedic talents, but since he left Never Mind the Buzzcocks, which has dwindled into insignificant since the tenures of himself and Mark Lamarr, he hasn't just made enthralling stand up shows, but also the singular Grandma's House, which darted beautifully between family values and family caricatures, and highlighted that he probably hurts his own feelings far more frequently than others'. / Kate Coleman

 

March 20 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
1pm

how much
€5

talk
Mx Justin Vivian Bond

Ascribing titles and talents are akin to Mx Justin Vivian Bond is like catching confetti. Yet in that glorious shower you might catch a performance artist, drag queen, painter, actor, cabaret singer or Radical Faerie. And there'll still be a leftover flutter. "How to Take a Flying Leap" will offers a chance to gleam insights into trans identity as well as how Justin, Vivian or V approaches work and the inherent obstacles presented by it. Collaborations with Rufus Wainwright and John Cameron Mitchell have brought further appeal in the new solo phase of Bond's career. For those of a certain vintage though, the Kiki and Herb duo where Mx Bond performed for over a decade as the washed-up longue singer Kiki DuRane is still fondly remembered. Best described as "an alcoholic battle-axe with a throat full of razor-blades," here's hoping Panti is back in town. / Michael McDermott

   
 

March 21 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8:15pm

how much
€10/8

poetry
Pieces

It’s not often that someone can make words enter your very bones. It’s an odd sensation, almost unnerving, feeling them rattle about your marrow. Sean Dennehy has that skill. Declaration of interest: I’ve known him since we were in Mrs Lynch’s first class in Ennis CBS. He’s a close friend and a proud West Clare man. He’s always had a way with words, but now he’s got a handle on it, whittling them into something beautiful yet blemished, bubbling with life, love, and a searing honesty. He won the All-Ireland Poetry Slam title in 2012 for these very reasons. Tonight and tomorrow he presents an evening of words - both his own and others - and song, featuring guests including his father, renowned traditional singer Tim Dennehy. You will come away having seen a rare talent. / Mark Keane

 

March 21 2015


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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when
HERE

how much
HERE

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From the Dark

When holidaying couple Mark (Stephen Cromwell) and Sarah (Niamh Algar) take a wrong turn down a country road, their romantic weekend away picks up an unwanted third wheel - a primeval bog monster with a taste for human flesh. Quite possibly the only horror film ever to open with a title card reading "Offaly, Ireland" (words to strike terror into even the stoutest of hearts) From the Dark sees micro-budget auteur Conor McMahon rebound from the misjudged comedy-horror hybrid Stitches with a full throttle shocker that makes ample use of the fear-inducing properties of the isolated Irish farmhouse. Genre fans will appreciate the director's reliably inventive way with the haemoglobin, but the film also packs a surprising emotional punch, thanks in large part to a terrifically gutsy lead performance from Algar. / Conor McDevitt

   
 

March 22 2015


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
From noon till late

how much
€5 donation

fundraiser
Vinyl Love

Vinyl Love is an idea stolen (with his blessing) from the Cork DJ legend Stevie G who has put on entire days of DJs and non-DJs playing seven of their favourite seven inch records. Now that we have access to entire history of recorded music for DJing, it's nice to enforce some limitations in the arena. The number is restrictive, as is the format. This makes for tough and interesting choices. That said, I expect we will get at least one airing of Irish classic Put Em Under Pressure. Those hard choices are the opposite of voting yes to Marriage Equality on May 22nd. The campaign still needs money to be heard by the undecided so that's why Vinyl Love is happening. That's why I've asked nearly everyone involved in the music scene to play some special records from their collections. There'll also be a room where we'll be playing 12 inch records only - restricted to B-sides, remixes, album cuts and extended versions. / Nialler9

 

March 22 2015


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
HERE

how much
HERE

jdiff
Listen Up Philip

I'm sure Jason Schwartzman is a nice guy, but he seems to have been granted a special talent for playing self-important dicks. The latest, and most monstrous to date, is Philip Lewis Friedman, an up and coming novelist who has nothing to declare but his genius. Invited by hero Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce doing Philip Roth) to his upstate writer's retreat, the blithely destructive author takes the opportunity to embark on a extended odyssey of womanizing and bad behaviour. Because that's what great artists do. Scabrously hilarious throughout, writer/director Alex Ross Perry's dissection of male artistic vanity gains an added depth from an extended mid-film interlude which follows Philip's abandoned girlfriend Ashley (a superb Elizabeth Moss) as she attempts to put the wreckage of her life back together. / Conor McDevitt

 

March 23 2015


where
Secret Location

when
Secret

how much
Free

cinema
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

As quintessentially British as transfer deadline day or pretending to like Carling, Lock Stock is perhaps one of the weirdest classic films. Part gritty gangster movie and equal parts a Benny Hill sketch, Lock Stock mixes Tarantino style cartoon violence with shades of absurd humor. The film at it's heart is a caper movie. Faced with the insurmountable task of raising half a million pounds to pay off a gambling debt, the film's heroes naturally decide to rob some cash rich student drug dealers. Unsurprisingly things do not go to plan. What makes Lock Stock great however is it's own blend of self-aware kitsch and style that drives the film forward. Ocean Colour Scene and James Brown tracks feature throughout, everybody speaks in rhyming slang, and most are decked out in crombies and sovereign rings. Like The Long Good Friday with touches of Hong Kong action. Win Tickets / Jack Broughan

   
 

March 24 2015


where
City Assembly Building, South William Street, Dublin 2


when
7pm

how much
€10/€5

concert
The Strung Series with Claire Duff

When you hear the word Baroque the first thing to come to mind is most likely the image of golden ornamented frames surrounding dusty oil paintings of men playing the ancestors of classical instruments, in wigs. Music written in the Baroque era (1600 — 1750) continues to be performed today and very regularly in fact. Contemporary composition is often influenced by music from this era, and the Irish Composers Collective are hosting a concert to celebrate just that. Come hear the leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Claire Duff, perform solo works inspired by the era, written by Ben McHugh, Eoghan Desmond, Seán Doherty, Hugh Boyle and past ICC member Karen Power. The concert is part of ICC's Strung Series exploring the varied role of the violin in 21st century music through the eyes of four contrasting and brilliant players. / Ena Brennan

 

March 24 2015


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

how much
HERE

cinema
Mommy

Presented in an unusual and intense 1:1 aspect ratio, Mommy is the story of a Die’s (Anne Dorval) relationship with her tyrannical teenage son, Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon). Steve is prone to violence and there is definitely something oedipal going on (except Die is both the father and the mother). The social science-fiction setting of the film gives its characters the added burden of a future where social support has been stretched too thin, and parents have the option to institutionalise problem children without going through the courts. Vivid and engaging, young director Xavier Dolan has crafted a (depressingly) possible and relatable future. / Olivia Rutter

 

March 25 2015


where
MARTCADE, 46 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
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when
7pm

how much
€5

screening
Art House Wednesdays

Either it abandoned us or we abandoned it; as long as there’s a debate about the decline of cinema releases not aimed at kids or Adam Sandler enthusiasts, the whole thing will descend into a chicken and egg situation. Yet....we know that as much as we love our VODs we yearn to be back in the theatre of film. Mart’s hook to get us into their darkened room for a couple of hours is to wait until they have our money before telling us what they’re going to put on. Art House Wednesdays will be teased in advanced but that’s about it. You can count on one thing though, the main feature will not have had a merchandising run and they promised to offer up the best in experimental and independent cinema. / David Cadwallader