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New Irish Features Coming to Cinemas Across Ireland

15th Feb 2013
Irish cinema-going audiences will be treated to comedy, drama, thriller, sci-fi and documentaries in the coming months as an eclectic mix of Irish films are due for release.

Based on the award-winning television series, THE HARDY BUCKS MOVIE will be released on Friday 22nd February.  The comedy sees a bunch of loveable slackers leave the confines of small town Irish life and head across Europe.  The crazy road trip to support the Irish team in the Euro 2012 Football Championships takes an unexpected turn after an unscheduled stop off in Amsterdam. 

The film which has its world premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) next week is directed and produced by Mike Cockayne who co-wrote with Gerry Greaney.  It stars Martin Maloney, Chris Tordoff, Owen Colgan, Peter Cassidy, Tom Kilgallon, Michael Salmon and Daniel Olbrychski.  Produced by Hardy Films it was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), Universal and RTÉ. 

Hot from its win at last weekend's IFTA's for Best Documentary, Alex Gibney's MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD is also out in selected cinemas on 22nd February.  The film examines the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them.  Produced by Below The Radar Films the film which was funded by IFB, HBO and Wide View has previously screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, IDFA and JDIFF.

In Alan Brennan's contemporary sci-fi comedy EARTHBOUND Joe just wants an ordinary life: a job he doesn't hate, a place to call home and a nice girl to settle down with. He is just like the rest of us...except he's an alien.  Produced by Paper Dreams and Ripple World Pictures, the film was the joint winner of Best First Feature with Citadel at the Galway Film Fleadh.  It was officially selected for the Seattle International Film Festival and is part of the line-up at this month's JDIFF before it hits cinemas next month.

A third film out in March is GOOD VIBRATIONS directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn.  It's a story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley who determines to go after his goal without any degree of success. The film picked up the Best Irish Feature prize at the Galway Film Fleadh and had its international premiere at the prestigious Karlovy Vary Festival last year.  Produced by Treasure Entertainment and Canderblinks, the film was financed by IFB, BBC Films, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, Immaculate Conception Films, Matador Pictures and Cinema One.

In April, Irish audiences will get to see PILGRIM HILL directed by the IFB IFTA Rising Star winner Gerard Barrett.  Made with a budget of €4500, it follows the life of Jimmy, a bachelor farmer living in rural Ireland fighting isolation and loneliness while caring for his ill father. Supported by the IFB, the film premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last year where it won the Bingham Ray Award.  It also was selected for the prestigious Telluride and Busan film festivals where it received critical acclaim.

Check out the trailers on the IFB Media Hub or on the Irish Film Hub App which is downloadable for free from the iTunes store.
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