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Irish Film – 2013


Sure it’s already February but better late than never eh!

What Irish films are worth watching out for this year? I’ve searched the web and come up with a mini selection, no omissions intended and films listed in no particular order. Three of them are showing at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival as well so where appropriate I’ve included the festival screening date. If you want to see some other festival recommendations see my earlier blog JDIFF 2013 – Some recommendations

Irish Film 2013

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The Summit details the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history when 11 climbers including Limerick man Ger McDonnell were killed on a K2 mountain expedition in August 2008. The Summit includes never before seen footage of the climb and interviews with Sherpa Pemba Gyalje, who was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his heroic deeds on K2; Norit team leader Wilco van Rooijen, who survived three days in the death zone; and Marco Confortola, the last man to speak to Ger McDonnell.

Twenty-four climbers from several international expeditions originally on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth, but within 48 hours later, 11 had been killed or had vanished, making it the worst K2 climbing disaster in history.

The Summit was Awarded World Cinema Documentary Prize for Editing at Sundance

Website: The Summit – Official Website

Showing at JDIFF 2013 Feb 24th


Irish sci-fi film Earthbound will be released in Irish cinemas on March 15. If you want to catch it before then its screening at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on Wednesday February 20. Rafe Spall plays Joe Norman, a young man convinced he’s a space alien from the planet Zalaxon because just before dad (David Morrissey) died, he told Joe they were both aliens, members of a race that inhabited the faraway planet Zalaxon. Until the rebellion there is successful, Joe must hide out, work in a comic book store and somehow perpetuate their race. Still waiting for the other shoe to drop he’s now tasked with finding a suitable mate so he can finally settle down. The only thing standing in his way is a group of aliens who he believes are hunting him down.  Earthbound was written and directed by Alan Brennan.

Earthbound won Best First Irish Feature at the 2012 Galway Film Fleadh.

Review Variety: Earthbound Review

Website: Earth Bound


Jump is a modern urban fairytale set in Derry which follows the lives of four twenty-something’s whose lives collide one fateful New Year’s Eve. Crime boss daughter Greta is rescued from suicide by drifter Pearse who’s on a mission to avenge his brother’s mysterious death. Johnny, a small time crook and Marie, a frustrated shop assistant shop assistant are both looking for a fresh start.  As the clock ticks down to midnight and the night’s events fall into place, Jump weaves an existential portrait of our character’s lives as their hopes, fears and secrets are revealed.

Jump won the Cinema Without Borders Bridging the Borders Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Jump screens at JDIFF 2013 Tuesday 19th




Last week I attended the SDGI event Digital Biscuit at Trinity’s Science Gallery. There was a great talk on Crowd Funding in Ireland, which I’ll go into in more detail in another blog entry.  Director of The Hit Producer, Kevin De La Isla O’Neill was there to talk about his film and I for one enjoyed the trailer, which apparently was made before they got their twenty thousand budget to make the film via the FundIt platform. So we can still look forward to  the ‘money’ version.

It’s worth checking out The Hit Producer campaign on FundIt as well. You can follow the film on Facebook at and on Twitter at @hitproducerfilm


Content sourced from Irish Film Board, IFTNBlinder FilmsRipple World PicturesJameson Dublin International Film Festival plus some others.

More Irish Film Trailers at Irish Film Board – Trailers 


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