Ciné Gael Montréal 1997
Evening of Short Irish Film - Thursday, March 20th
Our third year with an Evening of Irish Short films, which had by now become one of the highlights of the season. This evening was part of our 1997 season.
In this third year we showed six shorts, four of which were from BBC Northern Ireland's "Northern Lights" short film series.
These stories are about ordinary people going to extraordinary lengths to overcome difficult day-to-day problems.
The rich landscape and the rich language of the North are presented
with great cinematic skill and the wit and humour are exquisite.
The other two films ('81 and Big Swinger) were each the work of young filmmakers in the Republic. '81 was directed by Stephen Burke, whose After '68 was voted Best Short by Montreal's Ciné Gael audience in the 1995 series. The very funny Big Swinger, made by Declan Recks as a low budget student graduation film, won numerous awards and was shown on TV and in cinemas internationally.