It's a long weekend and we all know what that means: desperately looking for something to do. Never fear, anyone not heading away for the weekend that's in it will find there’s plenty to keep you happily occupied at your local picturehouse in between the inevitable Bank Holiday madness. Here are our picks for the week.
From Friday July 31, Light House Cinema.
The final film of the late, great documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles’ career, Iris takes a look at the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93 year old Iris Apfel, a long established giant of the New York fashion scene. Maysles’ last film, released just months after his death in March this year, is a joyous celebration of creativity, a warm, hugely entertaining 83 minutes spent with the ‘rare bird of fashion.’
Saturday Aug 1 - Sunday Aug 9, The Sugar Club.
Fans of excessive bloodletting and inspired dialogue are in for a treat this week, as The Sugar Club stage a week long Quentin Tarantino Tribute starting this Saturday with Kill Bill Vol.1. Strangely, Volume 2 didn’t made the cut, but many of the demented auteur’s other classics, including Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, and the Tony Scott directed, QT scripted True Romance screen throughout the week. Should serve to whet anticipation for Tarantino’s latest, The Hateful Eight, due for release on Irish shores early next year.
Gaze International LGBT Film Festival
Thursday July 31 - Monday August 3, Light House Cinema.
Gaze Film Festival celebrates its 23rd programme in what’s been a landmark year for LGBT rights in Ireland. As ever, the festival (which we mentioned in our Ditch The Drink feature) aims to shed a light on a broad spectrum of LGBT representation on film, with films ranging from those dealing with LGBT themes to those made or inspired by LGBT artists. Highlights of this year’s programme Irish premieres of documentaries Tab Hunter Confidential and The Amina Profile, as well as Filmbase Masters feature Fading Away. First emerging in a period when homosexuality had yet to be decriminalised in Ireland, the festival continues to be an invaluable platform for LGBT representation on film.