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Tom Hall’s Sensation

The idea came to its author after having heard the news on the radio. Apparently there was a farmer accused of running a brothel on his farm. He claimed his gf made him and invited her friends over. He couldn’t do anything to stop them. He needed female company.

This is not a story for the fainthearted. There is a dangerous portion of laughter and inconvenient truths. The lead role by Domhnall Gleeson delivers a credible creation. Tom Hall’s direction is effortless and the setting looks familiar, which helps following the story. There are a few surprising dialogue lines which may seem obvious when uttered by a cityboy, less likely by a farmer in such kind of narrative. All in all, the story is told craftily and lightly touches upon an important subject matter which probably should not be trivialised. Tom Hall offers the opposite point of view, a classic tool for enabling the audiences looking at things from a different perspective.

Recommend. New Irish Cinema at its best!

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Charlie Casanova by Terry McMahon

This is an amazing story. Throughout. The back end as well as the front end.

Terry McMahon did an amazing job of gathering cast, crew, equipment and all he needed to make a film via Facebook.

There is no lighting, except for two 5 Euro lamps, the film is shot with two video cameras.

The story is tough, as life in today’s Ireland is, apparently. Charlie Casanova is an everyman, but a coward at that. He’s one of a kind and yet, there are probably thousands like him. It is a guy nobody would want to meet at a cul-de-sac. The story is as dark as human nature’s darkness can get. There is no hope, no love, no ray of light. The world is cruel, hopeless and the spectators are helpless, hypnotised by the vision pictured, where an obvious mad man rules their attention and the world on the screen. Charlie Casanova is the puppet master, a clown and a cruel character, whose intensity paralyses everyone around him including the audience.

The experience keeps everyone in their seats until the last long scene which proves Terry McMahon’s point.

A must see.

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One Hundred Mornings by Conor Horgan (2009)

Number two film at the Off Camera festival. This one was screened in the New Irish Cinema section.

The setting lies at an anonymous valley isolated from the civilised world. We observe two couples living in a hut in the woods. One of my immediate connotations was with Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later” which begins with a similar secluded world after an unspecified catastrophe.

As the director has put it in the Q&A’s after the screening, he made a film about something that terrifies him.

The general message lies within the realisation of how sustainable would we be if civilisation suddenly ceased to exist. We no longer plant food in the majority of cases and are very much dependent on power supply and do not produce food to survive. Observing the struggle of the four protagonists, which later appear to be surrounded by others in similar situation, gives the audiences the thrills.

It’s an important voice at the beginning of the 21st century, where the society gets more and more detached from nature…

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