Events - FilmDarklight Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Darklight_FestivalVenue: Block T1 –  6 Haymarket, Smithfield Dublin 7 Dates and full programme TBC Darklight is the foremost festival for independent creativity in Ireland. It has been associated with new cinematic practices and creative technology for the past 15 years. Darklight has its origins in digital culture and new paradigms in film production, distribution and marketing. Each year, a new area in creative thinking and practices is explored during Darklight's three day festival. Darklight celebrates and encourages new work and provides a platform for emerging filmmakers and artists, while introducing new work to a core audience of cultural influencers and innovators.   Darklight is distinctive as it provides a unique experience for its audience, who can engage with speakers and contributors in an open and shared creative environment.  It showcases experimental work that attracts the curiously cultural and is not readily shown elsewhere in Ireland.  It is our mission to stay diligently informed of the practices synonymous with the continued evolution of moving image storytelling and share this with an engaged audience.  Darklight's vision is curating a programme that continues to capture the imaginations of the next generation of innovators. Jameson Dublin International Film Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Jameson_Dublin_International_Film_Festival_2014Established in 2003, The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has fast become Ireland's premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland's capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each February. JDIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting over 120 films from the four corners of the globe to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland. Since its inauguration the festival has prided itself on creating a unique forum of exchange between the public and the filmmaking community through hosting a whole range of events that allow the public to interact with filmmakers in the form of public interviews, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. Over the years an array of film talent has joined in with the celebration including Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson, among others, all of whom have graced the JDIFF red carpet. Audiences and industry members have been delighted to meet a widely diverse range of luminaries and gain insights in to every area of the film world including perspectives from directors, producers, screenwriters and critics such as Mike Leigh, John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Mc Donagh, Jeremy Thomas, Wim Wenders, Neil Gaiman, Jan Troell, Sarah Polley, Frederic Raphael and Todd McCarthy among many others. Irish Film Talent is celebrated as an integral part of the JDIFF programme each year by presenting Irish film in all its guises from archival, to documentary, to the very latest Irish feature films from first time film directors. In 2008 the festival inaugurated The Irish Talent Spotlight in order to profile exceptional new and established talent working in all areas of the Irish Film Industry. Ken Wardrop (Writer/Director), Margo Harkin (Producer), Tim Fleming (Director of Photography), Cartoon Saloon (Irish Animation Company) and Margeret Corkery (Writer/Director) have all been honoured as part of this initiative. Each year the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film. Named for Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, recipients of The Volta have included Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Consolata Boyle, George Morrison, Paolo Sorrentino and Thierry Fremaux. For more information click here Magic in the Moonlighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Magic_in_the_MoonlightWoody Allen’s latest love letter to France, following his ode to its capital with Midnight in Paris, is Magic in the Moonlight, showing at the Pavilion Theatre on 22nd December. "An air of gallant enchantment" The Guardian Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Magic In The Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters positively reeling. In the end, the biggest trick in this film’s arsenal is the one that fools us all... "Beautifully made" Variety Tickets Full price €7.50 Concession €6.50 White Christmashttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/White_ChristmasStep back to the golden age of Hollywood musicals with the classic 1954 festive favourite White Christmas on 21st December. A veritable treasure trove of composer Irving Berlin’s classics, including Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Sisters, Blue Skies, audiences might just be moved to sing along to the perennial seasonal tune, White Christmas, too.  Starring the iconic Bing Crosby and the inimitable Danny Kaye as two talented song-and-dance men who team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business, one winter they join forces with a talented sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek out to Vermont for a white Christmas. With plenty of the requisite fun and schmoozing with the ladies, the real adventure starts when Crosby and Kaye discover that the inn they’re staying at is run by their old army general who's now in dire financial trouble. Will some snazzy showbiz save the day?  The results are the stuff that the silver screen was made for, in this classic, old-fashioned cinematic gem.  Miracle on 34th Streethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Miracle_on_34th_Street_DraiochtEnjoy some magical festive cinema with the heartwarming Miracle on 34th Street at Draiocht on 16th December. Starring the late Richard Attenborough as old St Nick, a little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus, and so doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. With two showings, at 4pm and 7.30pm, don’t miss this festive favourite. Local film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan will also provide a brief introduction to the film and lead a free discussion afterwards. Ticket price includes an optional small pre-film hot chocolate at Draiocht's Betelnut Cafe. Tickets Adults €8.50 Concession €7 Children €5   Idahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/IdaIn 60s Poland, young novitiate nun Anna is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Watch acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski’s stirring film Ida, at the Pavilion Theatre on 15th December. "A film masterpiece" The New Yorker With acclaimed documentary and feature films under his belt, the award-winning Ida is the first film Pawel Pawlikowski has made in his native Poland. Anna, an orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to take her vows when she’s sent to visit Wanda, her aunt and only living relative. A cynical, hard-drinking Communist Party judge, Wanda reveals that Anna’s real name is Ida and that her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. The two embark on an unusual journey through the wintry countryside to unearth their family’s dark history. Both graceful and haunting, the sombre setting of 1960s Poland suggests an austere combination of Catholicism, Communism, and the Holocaust, but Ida is vibrant and intimate, a subtle portrait of two contrasting women: the sheltered Ida, who is exploring her faith, and Wanda, who - having seen the worst of humanity - has no faith left.   Wakoldahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/WakoldaFrom the award-winning director of XXY and The Fish Child, Lucia Puenzo’s Wakolda (The German Doctor) played to critical acclaim at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and earned accolades the world over; catch this compelling South American film at the Pavilion Theatre this December. In Patagonia in 1960 a German physician meets an Argentinean family and follows them on the long desert road to Bariloche where Eva, Enzo and their three children are going to open a lodging house by the Nahuel Huapi lake. This model family reawakens his obsession with purity and perfection, in particular Lilith, a 12 year-old with a body too small for her age. Unaware of his true identity, they accept him as their first guest. As the family are all gradually won over by his charisma, elegant manners, scientific knowledge and his money — little do they know they are about to discover his deep, dark and unforgivable secret. Nominated for 2013’s Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard award, this stark and unsettling film is an absolute must-see. Tickets Full price €7.50 Concession €6.50 Carte Noire IFI French Film Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/IFI_French_Film_FestivalThe flagship festival of the Irish Film Institute, the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival returns for its 15th year this November boasting a catalogue of Gallic treasures over 12 days and nights. Attracting thousands of cinefiles to the IFI every year owing to its broad selection of films (many straight from Cannes), and with a selection of new features, documentaries and of course, the classics, there’s definitely something for everyone. Over its many successful years the festival has hosted some of the most distinguished and revered names in French cinema, from Juliette Binoche, Arnaud Desplechin, and Emmanuelle Devos, to Xavier Beauvois, Jane Birkin, and Isabelle Carré, to name but a glittering few. A diversity of French films have also premiered in Ireland at the festival since its inception, including Amour, L’Humanité, L’Esquive, Un Prophète and Être et Avoir. Watch this space for the delectable French film feast as the programme details are announced in early October. Back to the Future: Enchantment Under the Sea Dancehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Enchantment_Under_the_Sea_DanceIf you love all things Back to the Future, then it’s time to power up the flux capacitor and hop in the DeLorean to get back to 1955 via The Sugar Club, on 15th November. The intimate Dublin venue will be transformed for a reimagining of Back to the Future’s 1955 Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. Now in it’s third year, this excellent event includes a screening of Robert Zemeckis’ hilarious time-traveling comedy-caper, followed by the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance - where audiences can experience the 1950s at Hill Valley High School’s Prom. Have your photo taken in a real DeLorean time machine, and get swing-dancing to live band Marvin and The Starlighters, who’ll blast out the movie’s awesome soundtrack. Retro DJs The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers will also have you jiving with their party hits from 1955 to 1985. Get into Marty McFly mode by dressing up in 50s or 80s prom style. Have your photo taken in the nautical-themed photo booth or in a DeLorean (!), and see who gets crowned Prom King, Prom Queen or Class Clown. Be there or be square! Schedule Screening 7.30pm Dance 10.30pm Tickets Screening & Dance €19 Dance €10 Smashing Science Screeningshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Smashing_Science_ScreeningsCelebrate Science Week at The chq Building, IFSC, Dublin 1, with Happenings’ trio of super screenings. Combining film, science, fascinating discussions and a few beers, this ought to be right up any scientist’s street. The Smashing Science programme is co-presented by Insight, AMBER, UCD Science Expression and Happenings who have come together to host this superb series of films from 13th - 15th November. Thursday 13th – Particle Fever Friday 14th – Moneyball Saturday 15th – The Man in the White Suit Enjoy these fun-fact-packed evenings of film, discussion and exploration, with each screening preceded by an inspiring short film to introduce the evening’s theme. Audiences can also participate in the dynamic post screening panel which includes contributions from leading scientists and thinkers. Particle Fever Celebrating 60 years of CERN (The European Organisation for Nuclear Research), opening night features a screening of this multi-award winning feature documentary. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. The post screening discussion, moderated by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, broadcaster and member of the School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin, celebrates discovery and reveals the very human stories behind this epic machine with Irish scientists who have worked and collaborated with CERN programmes over the years. Moneyball Exploring the functions of big data and analytics in sport and based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. While Hollywood is known for never letting the facts get in the way of a good story, it turns out that Moneyball is quite an accurate account of what Billy Beane did for the Oakland Athletics in 2002. Brad Pitt stars as Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's who has an epiphany - that all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane has to outsmart the richer clubs. Teaming up with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), they form an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution – using data analytics to get ahead of the curve. The post screening discussion introduces the scientists from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics working with leading sports professionals in Ireland to improve understanding and performance at the highest level. What’s really going on behind the scenes in training and planning in cutting edge sports science? The Man in the White Suit This screening looks to the past to see how science, invention and innovation were presented in the clever and often dark comedy The Man in the White Suit. In the 1951 film, timid Sidney Stratton, played by Sir Alec Guinness, is a brilliant research chemist and Cambridge scholarship recipient. Stratton is determined to create an ever-lasting fibre that repels dirt. His invention troubles the establishment, big business and the fearful public. Stratton goes on the run trying to outwit his detractors and defend his invention. The post screening discussion includes a lively review of the film in which materials scientists from AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) discuss where we are now in the race to create fantastic materials of the future through the wonders of nano science and technology. Free beers are included with admission. Science Week 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_WeekCelebrate Science Week 2014 with a whole host of super scientific events from 9th - 16th November. With the aim of Science Week being the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths' relevance in our everyday lives, who knows what fantastic things you'll discover with a new, scientific perspective? Gulp, 8th November  Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Brought to you by the makers of the fabulous Festival of Curiosity, prepare to lick your lips as award-winning science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea (RTE/Newstalk/TV3) and geek chef Ivan Varian (Dalkey Food Company) turn your taste buds upside down. The duo will talk about the science of eating and serve up some delicious – and not so delicious – treats. Eat raw lemons that taste sweet, chew on dung beetles, and find out if you are a supertaster in this interactive, hilarious and surprising show. The content of this show is aimed at adults, so the recommended age for it is at least 14+. However children under-16 can go free when accompanied by an adult. Space Tourist, 23rd November Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Enjoy a lively, one-off discussion presented by Dr. Niamh Shaw. Space Tourist is a unique event that delves into the possible future of space travel and boasts special guests such as former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson and psychologist Professor Ian Robertson. The content of this show is aimed at adults, so the recommended age for it is at least 14+. However children under-16 can go free when accompanied by an adult. Science Tricks Family Show, 8th - 9th November Smock Alley Theatre: 12.30pm and 4pm, Free How do you balance a 10 pin bowling ball, make water vanish, or even explode a €10 note? With science of course! Enjoy an incredible show brimming with unbelievable science tricks and stunts that will leave everyone - young and old - gasping in amazement. Watch balloons get skewered with giant needles, see gravity defied, minds get read and pain overcome with optical illusions, flaming torches, a chair of nails, and even osmosis. A jaw-dropping show that explores science, technology, engineering and maths, learn how to replicate some of these super science tricks at home using easy to find, everyday materials. Smashing Science Screenings, 13th - 15th November The chq Building, IFSC: 6.30pm, €8 The Smashing Science programme is co-presented by Insight, AMBER, UCD Science Expression and Happenings who have come together to host this superb series of science-related films. Thursday 13th – Particle Fever Friday 14th – Moneyball Saturday 15th – The Man in the White Suit Enjoy these fun-fact-packed evenings of film, discussion and exploration, with each screening preceded by an inspiring short film to introduce the evening’s theme. Audiences can also participate in the dynamic post screening panel which includes contributions from leading scientists and thinkers. National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Menhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Of_Mice_and_MenAn incredible opportunity to see James Franco and Chris O’Dowd’s critically-acclaimed turns in the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, The Lighthouse Cinema is screening the National Theatre Live recording of the play on 6th November. In a lauded revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's depression-era play, witness this powerful portrait of the American spirit and its heart-breaking testament to the unbreakable bonds of friendship, directed by the award-winning Anna D. Shapiro. Nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd, this excellent production also features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award-winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). Heralded as a “moving masterpiece” by Time Magazine, audiences won’t fail to be compelled by this enduring tale. Tickets Full price €12 Concession €9 National Theatre Live: Frankensteinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/National_Theatre_FrankensteinRecorded live in London’s National Theatre, audiences will be thrilled by Academy-Award-winner Danny Boyle’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, screened at The Lighthouse Cinema this autumn. With two screenings, cinema-goers have their pick of who they see perform the main roles, with the renowned Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternating the parts of Victor Frankenstein and his gruesome creation. Having enjoyed a sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas worldwide. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horrified maker. Encountering cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. With captivating themes of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale is not to be missed. Screenings 30th October: Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Creature, Jonny Lee Miller plays Frankenstein. 6th November: Jonny Lee Miller plays the Creature, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein. Tickets Full price €9 Concession €7.50 The Shininghttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_ShiningPart of the Lighthouse Cinema’s excellent Stanley Kubrick season, this spooky time of year just wouldn’t be complete without a maniacal yell of “Here’s Johnny!”. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" - or, rather, a homicidal one in Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can finally write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family at the hotel; Jack remains unperturbed, but little Danny's 'shining' hints otherwise. Over the course of that long winter, will Wendy discover just what Jack gets up to in his study all day? And what the hotel itself has done to Jack? Catch The Shining on 29th October, and if you’ve got the guts, again on 2nd November. Stanley Kubrick Seasonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/stanley_kubrick_seasonDon’t miss the chance to indulge in a spectacular season of film with a full retrospective of the works of iconic director Stanley Kubrick, at The Lighthouse Cinema. Screening all of the cinematic genius’ feature films, this diverse array of masterpieces are a testament to the power of visual and aural storytelling and merit the biggest of screen outings. Not just a director but an editor, cinematographer, screenwriter, producer and more, few filmmakers have made the indelible impact Kubrick did on the industry. Responsible for an array of films considered the greatest of all time, including Spartacus, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and 2001: A Space Odyssey; Kubrick fans will relish these special screenings, while newcomers will recognise the origins of a style of movie-making debuted by the director still evident throughout cinema to this day. With a catalogue bookended by 1953’s Fear and Desire and 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut, the Kubrick season is a sumptuous serving of cinema’s best. Don’t forget to keep the witching night free for The Shining-themed Halloween party at The Lighthouse too. Tickets €7.50 - €9 Concessions are available for some screenings.