MEDIA Films on Irish Screens, October 2017
03 October 2017

MEDIA Films on Irish Screens, October 2017

loving vincent, (UK, Poland) 13 october

Loving Vincent is the world's first hand-painted oil animation film about the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and produced by BreakThru Films, Poland and Trademark Films, UK.

In 1891, a year after van Gogh kills himself aged of 37, an amateur detective (Douglas Booth) talks to many of van Gogh’s subjects, including ­Marguerite Gachet (Saoirse Ronan) and postman Joseph Roulin (Chris O'Dowd).

The most remarkable thing about this film is that every frame has been hand-painted in van Gogh’s style, making Loving Vincent the world’s first fully painted feature film. The character portraits were posed for by a slew of famous actors including Aidan Turner and Helen McCrory. The film was suported both at the development and distribution stage through Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme.


return to montauk (Germany, france, ireland) 06 october

Return to Montauk is directed by Volker Schlondorff and stars Stellan Skarsgard and Nina Hoss. The story was co-written by Irish novelist Cólm Toibín and Schlondorff based on the memoirs of Swiss playwright and novelist, Max Frisch. Max (Stellan Skarsgard) is a writer on a book tour in New York when he meets up with an old flame, Rebecca (Nina Hoss). They decide to spent a weekend together in the Hamptons to see if they have a future. A story with a sting in its tale... The Irish co-producers are Conor Barry and John Keville of Savage Productions. Return to Montauk is supported by Creative Europe's Support to Sales Agents scheme. 


Acceptable Risk is a six part drama series from Soho Moon Pictures who included the project in their 2012 MEDIA Slate Funding Application. The series started on RTE1 on 24 September and you can watch the first two episodes here on the RTE Player.  

Set in Dublin and Montreal, the story opens with a multinational executive being found shot and dumped in the middle of Montreal while on a business trip. His wife Sarah Manning (Elaine Cassidy) is devastated by the death of her husband. Investigating Detective Sergeant, Emer Byrne (Angeline Ball), is convinced it's not a straightforward case and that Sarah is not as innocent as she seems.

Acceptable Risk is produced for RTÉ by James Mitchell of Soho Moon Pictures(Croupier) and by Siobhán Bourke and Kathryn Lennon of Saffron Pictures(Whistleblower) and is co-production with Canadian producer Facet4. 

i am not a witch (zambia/uk) 20 october

This debut film from Welsh-Zambian director, Rungano Nyoni, was shown in the Directors’ Fortnight showcase at Cannes this year. Shula is a young Zambian girl who is denounced as a witch by villagers and exiled to a witch camp with mostly elderly women. While people try to use Shula's 'gifts' as a way of making money, Shula herself isn't impressed by the camp or her expoiters and decides to ignite a rebellion within the witch camp. 

I Am Not a Witch is a modern satire which explores how the idea of witchcraft used to ostracise women. The film received funding through HBF+Europe, one of the six international co-production funds supported by Creative Europe.



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


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 collections of films, many of which have been supported by Creative Europe funding.

You can read more about Irish funded films, animations, documentaries, and TV programmes here on our Current Projects page.