THE MAGDALENE SISTERS (119m)
with wine reception to follow. Cost: $5
***WINNER BEST FILM: The Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival,2002
DISCOVERY AWARD, Toronto Film Festival Critic's Award, 2002
Speaker: John Griffin, Movie Critic,
The Montreal Gazette
Written/Directed by: Peter Mullan
Cast: Geraldine McEwan, Anne Marie Duff, Julie Austin, Ashley Conroy,
1960's may be viewed as a time of unprecedented female liberation,
but in Ireland's now infamous Magdalene laundries nothing could
be further from the truth. Young girls were sent there by families
or orphanages to atone for thier 'sins', by working, unpaid and
often abused, in the harsh conditions of the laundries.
Magdalene Sisters follows the fortunes of four of these women as
they find themselves in an almost medieval nightmare.
IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE
The Shane McGowan Story
Speaker: Brendan Kelly,
The Montreal Gazette
This unflinching, music-driven documentary provides the first real
insight into the background and career of this legendary Irish artist
who, as lead singer and songwriter for the Pogues, became a worldwide
punk icon. If I Should Fall From Grace is a portrait of one of the
most outrageous figures in the music world today.
more info click
THE BEAST SLEEPS
The Honourable Warren Allmand,
former Solicitor General, Past President, Rights & Democracy,
(formerly International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development),
and Member of Cine Gael Montreal, will introduce this film.
for 'As The Beast Sleeps':
and Freddie are childhood friends. They have grown up together in
Belfast fighting for the cause they both believe in: the UDA. However,
the political leadership of the UDA have now banned paramilitary
activity, which may jeopardise their place in the peace process...."
The Beast Sleeps is an effective and timely drama, packed with powerful
performances. Gary Mitchell depicts a working class Protestant community
on the edge, fraught with dogma, machismo and uncertainty"
- Michael Hayden, London Film Festival
highlight (of the Belfast Film Festival) is As The Beast Sleeps..
providing an invaluable snapshot of a culture that is a far more
vibrant than the cartoon version of unionism routinely seen in Irish
- Sunday Times Culture magazine
Vice-President Montreal World Film Festival
of Short Irish Films - click here for the detailed schedule!
St. Patrick's Society
Doris Rooney at 481-1346
for complimentary tickets.
Guest Speaker: Paul Dunne,
St. Patrick's Society of Montreal
A film by TERENCE RYAN based on the novel by SPIKE MILLIGAN.
1924 and the Boundary Commission from Britain and Ireland is deciding
on the new boundary line between Norhtern Ireland and the Irish
months of haggling over every inch of territory, the commissioners
are forced to finish the job by hand, after a bicycle accident destroys
the surveyor's equipment.
With all the participants holding the pencil and much pushing and
shoving, the border finds it's way down the middle of Puckoon, dividing
houses from outhouses, man from wife, pub chairs from bar, church
from cemetery. Our hero, Dan Madigan, wakes up from his indolence
to find the beer cheaper on the wrong side of the pub, and a border
patrol demanding passports Puckoon will never be the same again......
Something has to be done.........
Guest Speakers: Graeme Decarie, Concordia History Professor
and the film's director Richard Burman, who will do a Q&A after
All proceeds from the evening (5.00 per person) will be donated to
the film-maker. This
is not part of the Cine Gael member program.
8:30PM: Lecture by special guest Rod Stoneman, Chief Executive,
Irish Film Board with film clips.
FOR A RAGGY BOY - Dir: Aisling Walsh - Canadian Premiere
Starring: Aidan Quinn, Iain Glenn, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Alan
'In this film based on a true story, Aidan Quinn plays William Franklin,
a new teacher at St. Jude's, a tough Irish Reformatory School for
boys. It's 1939, and Franklin's teaching methods are vastly different
from those of the abusive staff of Catholic Brothers. The students
respond to Franklin's style and his passion for poetry and begin
to blossom. But on Christmas Day, two students are severely beaten,
which leads to a confrontation between William and a fellow teacher,
Brother John (Iain Glenn).'
3PM: IF I COULD READ THE SKY - Dir: Nichola Bruce 1999, UK/Ireland,
With: Brendan Coyle, Dermot Healey, Dermot Healy, Maria Doyle
Kennedy, Roy Larkin, Stephen Rea
Summary: An elderly Irish immigrant living in Britain pieces
together his past as he lies dying in his London bedsit.
PIGS - Kirsten Sheridan, Ireland, 2001, 94 min.
over seven weeks in Dublin and Cork, Ireland during Spring 2000,
DISCO PIGS is a twisted rites of passage story starring ELAINE CASSIDY
(Atom Egoyans Felicias Journey) and CILLIAN MURPHY (On
The Edge, The Trench). '
sexual and violent, DISCO PIGS is written by acclaimed Irish playwright
ENDA WALSH and marks the feature film debut of director 24-year
old KIRSTEN SHERIDAN, whose short films Patterns and The Case of
Majella McGinty have
earned her over 20 prestigious awards at festivals across the world.
In addition, she received the Film Institute of Ireland/Guinness
Outstanding Young Irish Talent Award in 1998.'
Disco Pigs description and trailer at
the IFI Film Directory.
Guest of Honour: Milo O'Shea
& Janeane Garofolo in
character-actor Milo O'Shea was on stage from the age of 10, at
which time he became a protégé of Sir John Gielgud.
19, O'Shea joined Dublin's Abbey Players, where he remained for
well over two decades.
made his Broadway debut in 1968's Staircase, and later starred as
the gladhanding priest in the original stage production of Bill
C. Davis' Mass Appeal (a role played in the 1984 movie version by
films from 1951, O'Shea was cast as Leopold Bloom in Ulysses (1967),
Mister Zero in The Adding Machine (1969), Durand-Durand in Barbarella
(1968), and scene-stealing Judge Hoyle in The Verdict (1981). His
TV roles include Dr. Stanislaus Lotaki on the pioneering miniseries
QB VII (1973) and eccentric cartoonist Abner Bevis in the short-lived
superhero satire Once a Hero (1987).
only in his seventh decade, Milo O'Shea seems to have been around
forever, eliciting gasps of "Hooray! He's still working!"
from delighted fans whenever O'Shea pops up on such 1990s TV series
Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide