JUDY | UK | 4TH OCTOBER
Renée Zellweger stars as Judy Garland in this story which is set 1968, thirty years after The Wizard of Oz, when she is broke and almost broken. Garland goes to London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. As she prepares for the show, she battles with management, charms musicians, and starts a love affair with Mickey Deans, who will be her fifth husband. Irish actress, Jessie Buckely, stars as her personal assistant in this story which explores Judy's past as well as her final year in London before her death in 1969 at the age of forty-seven. Zellweger does her own singing on songs like 'By Myself' and 'Come Rain or Come Shine.' The film received Automatic Distribution support from Creative Europe.
CATHERINE THE GREAT | UK | SKY 3rd OCTOBER
Helen Mirren stars as Russian empress monarch, Catherine the Great, in this 4-part drama from Sky Atlantic and HBO. The series charts her rise to power after she ousts her husband Peter III and faces challenges for the throne. British production company, Origin Pictures, received TV Programming and Slate Development funding for the series. All episodes will be available to watch on Sky from 3rd October.
PAIN AND GLORY | SPAIN | STILL SCREENING
Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory, is a semi-autobiographical film about an ageing director whose physical ailments and creative block have led him to retreat from the world. Antonio Banderas stars as the director, Salvador Mallo, whose insular life is shaken up when he reunites with an actor from his past and embarks on a wild new chapter of his life. Via flashbacks and present-day encounters, we revisit Mallo's relationships and early loves. The film features an ensemble cast with Penélope Cruz featuring in flashbacks as the director's mother. Pain and Glory was supported by Creative Europe's Automatic Distribution scheme.
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ONLINE STREAMING OF IRISH AND EUROPEAN FILMS ON VOLTA
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.