Events - FilmDarklight Festival 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 Festival 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 Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival 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. Smashing Science Screenings 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. National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men 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 An American Werewolf in London better to celebrate Halloween than by scaring yourself silly with a creepy cult classic? Enjoy a fright-fest in the comfy 26-seat cinema of Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2, with An American Werewolf in London. American college students David and Jack are enjoying a walking tour of Britain when they’re attacked by a monstrous werewolf whose existence none of the locals will admit to... A gory 80s delight, the film’s impressive effects still hold up today, making for a highly original, atmospheric and deliciously witty, horror gem. Enjoy the film, popcorn and a San Pellegrino beverage for €14 or a San Pellegrino cocktail for €18. Or enjoy the film with popcorn and a San Pellegrino fruit drink and indulge in a two-course meal from the table d’hôte menu in Francesca’s Restaurant for €31. Hocus Pocus spooktacular cinematic treat just in time for Halloween, enjoy the bewitching favourite Hocus Pocus in the comfy 26-seater cinema of Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2. A trio of three-century-old witches are inadvertently resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on - when else? Halloween night, leaving it up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witchcraft and mayhem that ensues. A cult classic starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, Hocus Pocus should get you in the spooky spirit in no time. Enjoy the film, popcorn and a San Pellegrino beverage for €14 or a San Pellegrino cocktail for €18. Or enjoy the film with popcorn and a San Pellegrino fruit drink and indulge in a two-course meal from the table d’hôte menu in Francesca’s Restaurant for €31. National Theatre Live: Frankenstein 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 Irish Film Premiere: Beautiful Noise the shoegazers and the indie aficionados, don’t miss the Irish premiere of the seminal music documentary Beautiful Noise, charting the influence of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine on every up and coming band that came after them. “They didn't sell a lot of records but everyone who heard them started a band” The first-ever documentary about one of the most influential, underground music movements of the 20th century, catch it at The Screen Cinema, Townsend Street, Dublin 2 on 26th October. Detailing just how these groups’ groundbreaking music inspired generations of bands, throughout the late 80s and early 90s, there evolved a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself. Featuring The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and The Cure’s Robert Smith, musos will marvel at the unique movements impact and enduring legacy.   The Cure: In Orange close to seeing The Cure and Robert Smith’s kohled eyes this Halloween season, get your hairspray and smudge your lipstick for an unmissable screening of the concert film, The Cure: In Orange. Performed against the backdrop of the ancient Roman venue; Theatre Antique d’Orange, it captures band’s incredible performance in the French Countryside in 1986. This rarely shown concert film features 23 songs in a now legendary performance, and having only been released on VHS and laser disc, true fans will appreciate this outdoor ‘concert’ of sorts, screened in Meeting House Square. Admission is free but booking is essential. Over 18s only. Bram Stoker Festival Screening: The Lost Boys very vampiric and indulge in some blood-sucking entertainment with an outdoor screening of the 80s classic The Lost Boys, at Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square, 26th October. “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.”   When brothers Sam and Mike move to a new town plagued with bikers and mysterious deaths, to say they fall in with the wrong crowd is a bit of an understatement. Mike meets a beautiful girl and begins to exhibit the classic signs of vampirism, fearing for Mike’s and his own safety, Sam recruits two young local vampire hunters to save his brother by finding and destroying the head vampire. Boasting an all-star 80s teen cast including Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, Joel Schumacher’s teen-comedy-horror hybrid is a macabre must-see. IFI Horrorthon Horrorthon returns for its 17th edition, providing audiences with the opportunity to enjoy the best of new international genre productions, as well as a number of judiciously selected classics. Last year we revisied Tobe Hooper’s unfairly neglected Lifeforce, and Hammer’s The Mummy, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.  As always, IFI Horrorthon is a must-attend event for any genre fan. Price: Tickets for individual films starting at €9.00 Booking: Psycho stabbing strings, the falling shower curtain, and that mild mannered Norman Bates… Alfred Hitchcock’s chilling classic Psycho has ensured that nobody’s looked at a shower the same way since 1960. To overcome your bathroom fears and celebrate Halloween with a noir twist, enjoy a screening of this thriller at The Sugar Club on 18th October. Janet Leigh is a femme fatale on the run, Anthony Perkins is a shy, in-keeper with the mother of all secrets, let Hitchcock take you on a journey to The Bates Motel, a remote, old lodge that’s seen it’s fair share of horrors. Just who is Norman Bates? And why is he such a Mommy’s boy? Even if you know what’s lurking, the scares still terrify and the frights still morbidly delight. Presented by Film Fatale, a Swingin' Sixties party follows the screening, where you can go-go dance to a live band, and twist the night away to resident retro DJs The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers, who’ll play music from the film’s era. Keep with the theme by donning your finest vintage, paying homage to 60s or mirroring the famed sartorial style of Hitchcock’s ice-cool heroines. Schmooze in the specially created mini 60s side bar and sip a bespoke cocktail designed just for the night. Stop Making Sense: 30th Anniversary your boom boxes out and have your biggest white suits at the ready for a very special Talking Heads evening at The Lighthouse Cinema this October. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dublin’s first screening of Talking Heads’ seminal concert film Stop Making Sense, be prepared to dance in the aisles, throw some shapes, and sing along with David Byrne and co, just as the capital’s cinema-goers did in 1984. Practically a Lighthouse Cinema tradition, Stop Making Sense palpably captures the enormous energy and joyous highs of the Talking Heads live performance. Band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison are joined by Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt in this ground-breaking concert film packed with Talking Heads most memorable songs and renowned stage innovations. Looking for a party, a musical extravaganza and some beautiful cinematography? Well, this must be the place. Tickets Full price €9 Concession €7.50 The Beatyard celebrating it’s 10th edition, The Beatyard Festival returns from 16th - 26th October with a whopping 10 days of gigs, clubbing, expos, film, talks, workshops and a generous helping of good vibes. With the aim of bringing music, media and culture enthusiasts together so they can meet like-minded aficionados and make exciting, great discoveries; Beatyard passionately showcases the capital’s best and brightest. From the brains behind two of the city’s most beloved venues The Twisted Pepper and The Bernard Shaw, revellers will not be disappointed by the festival’s 10th outing. Taking place across vibrant city-wide venues such as Indigo & Cloth, Bernard Shaw, The Sugar Club, Whelan’s, 3Fe, Wall&Keogh, The Grand Social, The Workman’s Club, MVP and more, the stellar line-up includes: Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani exhibition Stephen Kellog Moanments of Happiness exhibition This Greedy Pig DJs Jacques Renault The Ha’penny Flea Souleymane ‘Cobra’ Camara drumming workshop Moon Boots Shabazz Palaces Tickets €5 - €22.50 depending on the event. Fight Club rule of Fight Club? Go watch Fight Club, especially when it’s screened in the intimate surrounds of a 26-seater cinema. When an insomniac office drone (Ed Norton) looking to shake up his drab existence encounters an edgy and unpredictable soap maker (Brad Pitt), they found an underground fight club as a sort of radical psychotherapy - but the club evolves into a whole lot more. Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s cult novel, catch the iconic late 90s flick at Brooks Private Cinema Club, Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2, on October 16th. Enjoy the film, popcorn and a San Pellegrino beverage for €14 or a San Pellegrino cocktail for €18. Or enjoy the film with popcorn and a San Pellegrino fruit drink and indulge in a two-course meal from the table d’hôte menu in Francesca’s Restaurant for €31.     Bonnie & Clyde Draíocht Film Club as they watch and dissect the 1967 crime classic Bonnie and Clyde on 15th October. Directed by Arthur Penn, a bored small-town girl (Faye Dunaway) and a small-time bank robber (Warren Beatty) leave in their wake a string of violent robberies and sensational newspaper headlines that catch the imagination of the Depression-struck Midwest in this telling of the legendary crime spree of these real-life criminal lovers. Long considered a landmark in film making, Bonnie and Clyde is said to be one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, with its breaking of cinematic taboos proving popular with the younger generation. Its success prompted other film makers to be more open in presenting sex and violence in their films, while the film's ending also became iconic as "one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history". Enjoy a brief intro by film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan who also chair a free discussion, examining the legendary film, after the screening. Tickets Full price €7 Member €5 Member with concession €3 Beetlejuice better way to celebrate the approaching witching hour this October than with some gothic laughs and absurd comedy from Tim Burton’s creepy classic Beetlejuice. Jump in the line down to The Sugar Club and join Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and young Winona Ryder as they take on the afterlife, the living, and the ghost with the most. Hilarious and surreal in equal measure, a childless couple move to the country only to be killed in a car accident while passing over a quaint covered bridge. Their ghosts return to their beloved newly-bought home, and find the Handbook for the Recently Deceased, which not only lets them know they're dead, but comes in handy when they learn that they can continue to live in their house, despite a new (living) family moving in. While the new owners are a pair of pretentious city-slickers, their morose teenage daughter Lydia befriends the ghostly couple. When the threesome’s paranormal efforts to prevent Lydia’s mother from destroying the house with dire redecoration fail - their last resort is to summon the services of the wonderfully demented ‘bioexorcist’ Beetlejuice... Enjoy Halloween treats served by grotesque usherettes, sip a glass of Beetle Juice (but don’t say it thrice) and toast the hereafter with that dapper, striped ghost.   Following the screening, stick around and have a ‘Shake Senora’ on the dance floor to the ultimate horrifying Halloween anthems. French Food Fair on the Square Merrion Square goes gloriously Gallic on Saturday 11th October as Ketty Elizabeth, better known by her blog moniker French Foodie in Dublin, brings you a taste of France in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Discover the very best of French cuisine at No. 63 Merrion Square and indulge in tasty French treats including wonderful breads, cakes, macarons, chocolate, charcuterie, cheese and many more temptations. Meet Irish-based French food producers and enjoy the delectable tastes of fantastique France right here in the capital. An array of talks and tastings will be held throughout the day to tease your tastebuds. Why not learn the secrets of chocolate making? Or discover just why cheese is both a passion and an art? The mouthwatering afternoon will be topped off with a screening of the wonderful French film Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, as tummies digest this grand gourmet experience. Magnifique! Dublin Festival of History Dublin Festival of History returns for its second outing from 26th September to 8th October with this year’s main theme being Dublin’s involvement in the First World War. A fascinating festival, it gives everyone with an interest in history the chance to discuss historical events with professional Irish and international historians, such as Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Mary Daly and David Dickson. As well as a superb array of free lectures, this year’s festival includes a specially commissioned piece of theatre narrated by actor Bryan Murray, and a new exhibition of First World War prints at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The festival’s main history talks take place at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, which include discussions on Viking Dublin, 20th century Spain, the Warsaw Uprising, women in war, and a Poetry Aloud session that sees the Great War brought to life. Festival-goers can also take a walking tour of Georgian Dublin’s hidden histories or get expert advice from lauded Irish novelist Martina Devlin in her Historical Writing Workshop. A plethora of films, talks, workshops and more, take place in Dublin City Branch Libraries as part of the festival too. Seize this wonderful opportunity to explore our riveting past.   Stanley Kubrick Season’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. The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ intriguing new film work ‘The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview’ at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios this September. Revolving around an interview between Truson, a character from an earlier Mellors work and an apparently genuine Neanderthal man, the piece is set in a large cave called E-Den, a metaphorical place representative of the shift from the hunter-gatherer mode of human existence to the more knowledge-based Neolithic way of life. Until recent discoveries, it was widely believed that Neanderthals were incapable of making art, and that the emergence of art marked a shift in consciousness toward the intelligent and creative modern human mind. The Sophisticated Neanderthal character (played by Patrick Kennedy) has been exiled from E-Den by a mysterious organisation called the Sporgo. He claims that the Sporgo control all cave art, and that that his earlier work was accepted because it was ‘more Sporgo-ey’. He smokes coloured Nat Sherman cigarettes, and is confused from drinking too much ‘ant juice’. As the action unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that it’s the Neanderthal who is in control of the situation, as opposed to Truson, his naive interviewer.