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Irish Film London
A Girl from Mogadishu stars Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder, Birth of a Nation) as Ifrah, Martha Cango Antonio (Black) and Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner, Captain Phillips) as well as Somali icon, Maryam Mursal with an original score by Nitin Sawhney and featuring Quiet by Milck.
Based on the testimony of global FGM activist Ifrah Ahmed, the film is written and directed by Mary McGuckian. Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, Ifrah Ahmed is trafficked to Ireland where a traumatic medical examination when seeking asylum reveals the extent of her mutilation as a child. Traumatised by the memory, she channels the experience into a force for change and emerges as a formidable campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation at the highest political echelons.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Mary McGuckian, and special guests, hosted by internationally renowned social activist and founder of Dahlia project, Leyla Hussein OBE.
British Animation Awards
A chance for the public to vote on their favourite British short animation film and animated music video. The three BAA Public Choice programmes consist of a selection of outstanding short films and music videos from the entries to the British Animation Awards 2020. The short film and music video with the highest overall rating receives the coveted ‘Public Choice Award’ at the BAA ceremony on March 12th 2020 at the BFI South Bank, London.
Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
"Strange, spellbinding and timely. One of the most thrillingly original British films in years." - Little White Lies
This thriller from Henri Georges Clouzot, which shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S., is the story of two women—the fragile wife and the wilful mistress of the sadistic headmaster of a boys' boarding school—who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Diabolique is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking.
Followed by a Q&A with director George Carey and producer Teresa Cherfas
In August 1935, a brilliant young Welshman called Gareth Jones was murdered by bandits on the remote Mongolian steppe. In three short years as a rookie journalist, he had infuriated the Soviet Union, hobnobbed with Hitler and Goebbels, been threatened by the Japanese military and disowned by his one time benefactor, David Lloyd George. Was his death bad luck or the work of secret agents?
George Carey’s search for answers takes him across Europe, into the Soviet archives and on to the very place where Gareth Jones’s body was found. His fascinating film uncovers the strange tale of a neglected hero whose troubles started when he put his name to the story no one else would then touch: the lethal famine that Stalin was inflicting on the farmlands of Ukraine.
Irish Film London
A selection of short films originated by Irish women, or with Irish female focused themes at their core. Includes the delightfully funny Who’s The Daddy? from director Mary-Sue Masson (the genius behind the Haribo ‘Kid’s Voices’ ads) and producer: Clancie Brennan (Early Days, winner of the Best Irish Short Film at the Irish Film London Awards).
Who's The Daddy?
Who’s the Daddy? is a character driven comedy-drama about the ups and down of motherhood. Rachel, (Kellie Shirley) has a rude introduction to Emma, (Olivia Lee) while in play-ground purgatory. Things soon get much more interesting. It turns out these two mums have far more in common than either of them could have possibly imagined...
This screening is a part of the Brigid’s Day Festival / Lá Fhéile Bríde. This annual celebration of women takes place across the world at various Irish embassies, consulates and other Irish venues. Irish Film London are a partner in the London festival, alongside the Irish Embassy, the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith and the Camden London Irish Centre, and as their part in the 2020 festival they centre their focus on a cinematic celebration of women.
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) directs this new adaptation of the novel by Louisa May Alcott following the lives of four sisters in 19th Century America.
“If this isn't the Little Women you remember, either on page or screen, that's understandable. But it's likely the one you felt, and that's more important” - Time Out.
Saoirse Ronan - Best Actress
Florence Pugh - Best Supporting Actress
Best Adapted Screenplay
Tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults
Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora, begin to question the complex family ties that bind them, as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and new dark forces at play.
The new film from Ken Loach, Paul Laverty and the team behind I, Daniel Blake.
Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.
- The Independent
Tickets just £1.75 for the over 55's
Retired mountain climber and guide Zachary Wheeler reluctantly helps his younger brother scale a treacherous mountain slope to reach the site of a recent plane crash. He puts aside their differences and agrees to help his inexperienced brother on an immoral looting mission.