DANCE LEXIE, DANCE
Loane, 1996 [15 mins]
This short drama, nominated for an Academy Award in 1998 as Best live-action
Short, tells the story of Laura, a 12-year old Protestant girl who wants
to be a Riverdancer when she grows up.
is the first short film from the Nerve Centre, a state-of-the-art multimedia
center based in Ireland. Made in conjunction with the BBC Northern Ireland,
the film details the story of a 12-year-old Protestant girl who wants
to become a Riverdancer. That traditionally "Irish" art, however,
has a Catholic history, and her father struggles with her choice. "Dance
Lexie Dance" was the first Irish film to be nominated for an Oscar.
Elliott Hegarty (UK) 2001 [89 mins]
In Kilburn's square mile there are 53 Irish pubs and this is the story
of just one. Mickey, the pub's young barman, is sure that his job is
preventing him from getting on in life so he's returning to Ireland
to take up a job with his brother His last week on the job should be
his most enjoyable ? fat chance! The landlord is in hospital so Mickey
is left in charge.
regulars appear on cue, taking the same seats in front of the same drinks
at the same time every day. If only everything else about them was as
predictable. With their eccentricities, ravings and antics, Mickey's
own girl trouble. and the bizarre characters that pass through the pub,
it's now shaping up to be the worst week of his life.
***** "...A highly amusing and foul-mouthed examination of the
everyday quirkiness of pub life... The end result is a film which mixes
the gentle oddness of Ballykissangel with the stylised humour of Trainspottlng
A great, eclectic soundtrack and some sparky dialogue make County Kilburn
a real hoot, and an impressive debut for Elliot Hegarty" [The List]