MEDIA Funded Films on Irish Screens in March 2017
02 March 2017

MEDIA Funded Films on Irish Screens in March 2017

in loco parentis, (ireland) opens 03 march

In Loco Parentis is a documentary directed by Neasa Ní Chianán and David Rane for Soilsiú Teoranta. This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort in Meath, a school not unlike Hogwarts with its 18th century buildings, secret doors and magical woodlands has been home to John and Amanda Leyden for forty-six years.

The documentary received Creative Europe MEDIA Single Project Development funding in 2014. 'We were successful in getting some Creative Europe development funding and this saw us through our first year of filming. From this material we were able to put together some assemblies of different sections of the school, which helped IFB and RTE to commit beyond development,' Neasa Ní Chianáin told IFTN earlier this year. The next deadline for Content Development of a Single Project is 20 April, 2017. Check our our Current Projects page for examples of current Irish projects that were awarded development funding in recent years, and are coming to fruition now.

In Loco Parentis has been selected for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Special Presentations Program in Toronto from 27 April to 07 May. Hot Docs selects 10 films for their in Special Presentations programme which showcases 'high-profile premieres, award winners, and works by masters or featuring star subjects.'


the secret scripture, (Ireland) opens 24 march

The Secret Scripture was produced by Ferndale Films who received MEDIA development support for this project in 2012 under the Slate Funding Scheme. Based on Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel, this is Jim Sheridan’s first Irish-based film since The Boxer (1997).

The story explores the life of Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman confined to a psychiatric hospital for five decades. As the institution is about to close, Dr. Grene (Eric Bana) is sent to see whether she’s fit to be released. He’s intrigued by Roseanne’s eccentricities and her diary. As he delves into her past, Dr. Grene gets to know the younger Roseanne (Rooney Mara) and learns the terrible truth about her confinement. 


graduation / bacalaurat (romania. france, belgium) 31 march 

A film by Cristian Mungiu, the Romanian writer/director whose second feature, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2007. Graduation is the story of a father who goes to extreme lengths to ensure his daughter's academic success, encountering corruption and compromising his own morals.  At the 2016 Cannes Film festival, Mungiu shared the Best Director Award with Olivier Assayas for his film Personal Shopper which is also opening this week and is another MEDIA supported film.

personal shopper (France, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic) 17 march

Director and writer, Olivier Assayas, shared the Best Director Award at Cannes 2016 with Cristian Mungiu for his film Personal Shopper. The story centres on Maureen (Kristen Stewart), a young American woman in Paris making her living as a personal shopper for Kyra, a celebrity. Maureen may also have the psychic ability to communicate with spirits, just like her twin brother, Lewis, who passed away recently. She soon starts receiving ambiguous messages coming from an unknown source. 

elle, (france) 10 march

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Showgirls) returns with a thriller with French star Isabelle Huppert who won a Golden Globe for her performance as a businesswoman who takes matters into her own hands after a violent physical attack against her. The film received the support of the Automatic Distribution scheme. 



access<CINEMA: Via its national network of non-profit and voluntary organisations, access>CINEMA screens the best of European films across Ireland in 80 venues and film clubs such as Solstice Arts Centre, NavanSource Arts Centre, Thurles; the Galway Film Society, Townhall Theatre; Carlow Visual CentreCork Cine Club; and The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

Check out New Films at access>CINEMA sites for Spring 2017. Highlights include the Creative Europe supported films: Toni Erdman which scooped five European Film Awards last year; Elle which won Best Foreign Film and Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert) at the 2017 Golden Globes; and I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach.


VOLTA VOD: The first independent Irish video on demand platform that gives cinema lovers the opportunity to watch films online in the comfort of their home. Volta has a wide selection of Irish films and a wonderfully curated selection of European and international independent feature films and documentaries. Check out their catalogue and most recent additions many of which have been supported by Creative Europe funding.