Best Shortfilms from Ireland

Best Shortfilms from Ireland




Drama
Ireland | 17min | 2009
Written & directed by Connor Clements, ‘James’ is a heart touching, almost tragic story of James, played brilliantly by Niall Wright and his struggle to come to terms with his homosexuality, but more so with the general lack of empathy, understanding and acceptance of those around him. This movie is an eye opener and a must watch, not just for the members of the LGBT community, but to all those who belong to mankind. When his parental dispute pushes him to a corner, little James has no friends or close relatives to fall back on. His acute shyness coupled with his awareness of his own dilemma coerces him to trust and open up to the school’s literature teacher Mr. Sutherland (Matt Jennings) whose unexpected reaction further isolates him, pushing him to embark upon an even dangerous journey. When all doors seem shut and there’s no hope, you end up making the most impossible choices. James is a painful reminder of life’s such circumstances. Watch ‘James’ for Niall Wright.

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Comedy
Ireland | 5min | 2012
Dark, questioning and funny: Mr. Foley by Dublin directing duo Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman (D.A.D.D.Y) has been on the film circuit for a while, garnering awards at multiple film festival venues & award shows. Mike Ahern’s writing is ingenious, crafting a funny, distorted tale around a man who wakes up in the hospital to have his bandages removed only to make the startling discovery that unless the Foley artists provide the background score, he hears nothing. Mark Doherty, the central figure does the spectacular portrayal of confusion escalating to panic. The film is set in the hospital grounds, but its music is bound to make you leave the premises in a jiffy. This Irish film certainly sets the yardstick to what to expect from the land of the creative genius!

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Romance
Ireland | 14min | 2012
What’s the ingredient of love? What makes two strangers connect beyond their uncommon language? How long does it take to know that the other person is becoming the significant other? Shimmy Marcus’s Rhinos is a simple love story retold from the perspective of two strangers; German speaking Ingrid (Aylin Tezel) & English speaking Thomas (Fionn Walton). You can see how diametrically opposite they’re to each other and yet they make you root for them. A minor squabble with her boyfriend leads a frustrated Ingrid pull the shy Thomas out of his cocooned existence and they set on a path of adventure. Little do they know that the sightseeing is to lead them to the biggest adventure yet to be undertaken – that of understanding themselves. The direction and writing is remarkable, but it’s the acting by the two that is phenomenal. Marcus’s writing doesn’t simply dabble with dialogues, he uses even the barest scenes to carve a new depth and dimension into the characters; and Walton & Tezel’s acting isn’t simply phenomenal, they actually do bring Ingrid & Thomas to life. Watch Rhinos to fall in love with Ingrid & Thomas. Watch it to fall in love with Irish cinema.

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Thriller
Ireland | 7min | 2006
Ruairi Robinson takes you to a futurist world where a forgotten city remains the battleground for the three surviving soldiers, one of them being Cilliam Murphy. The opening shot gives you sufficient time to sense what is out of the ordinary in the setting here. Robinson ensures that you have a detailed look at the skyline and see the debris and the catastrophe that has played out. What you however wouldn’t be expecting, is the opposition the soldiers are dealing with as they cautiously march forward. Spectacular CGI supported by a stellar cast, ‘The Silent City’ is a must watch for all those war, thriller and animation fans.

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Comedy
Ireland | 11min | 2010
Based on the story ‘The Terms’ by Mike McCormack and directed by Jason LaMotte, ‘The Terms’ starring Gary Lewis (Father) & Ciaran Flynn (Son) is a telling of a hateful father-and-son relation. The screen opens to the crackling sound of the fire as it begins to consume a house set against the bucolic Irish landscape. You’re made aware of the cause of this inferno and no time is wasted in meting out the justice. As the father and son agree on the ‘terms’ for the deadly execution, LaMotte ensures you remain rooted until the very end. The direction and editing is crisp, but it’s the famed Irish accent that adds poetic ring to this macabre. Lewis’s rendition of the angst ridden, bitter father is evident in his demeanour, but it’s Flynn who adds maturity beyond his years to his character. As the father and son embark upon their settlement, unforeseen outcomes and unthinkable consequences are played out. Watch ‘The Terms’ to revel in the Irish dialogues and mannerisms.

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