2019 Irish Film Festival Sydney and Melbourne

Wednesday, 1 May, 2019
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The Irish Film Festival returns to Sydney and Melbourne this May and is excited to announce their award winning opening night film, which has already gained international acclaim at the Cork Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

The Camino Voyage

Irish Film Festival opening night set to be a knockout!

The Irish Film Festival returns to Sydney and Melbourne this May and is excited to announce their award winning opening night film, which has already gained international acclaim at the Cork Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. The Festival officially launches in each city with Float like a Butterfly, an uplifting drama from the producers of Sing Street and the Oscar winning film Once. Set in 1972 when Muhammad Ali was set to fight in Dublin, the film follows Frances, a young Irish traveller girl, with big dreams of becoming a champion boxer.

This year’s festival begins in Sydney with a community screening of Unquiet Graves in Penrith on Wednesday 1st of May, followed by the official opening Night Gala which will take place at the Chauvel in Paddington on Thursday 2nd of May, along with the now legendary Opening Night Party afterwards. The festival runs in the Chauvel until Sunday 5th of May.

The Melbourne leg of the festival takes place at the Kino Cinema in Collins Street from Thursday 9th of May until Saturday 12th of May.

The Irish Film Festival is a candid glimpse into Irish culture for Australian audiences young and old. Whether you have family ties, a keen interest in history and culture or just an affinity for the Emerald Isle, the Irish Film Festival is Celtic cinema at its best.

Click here for tickets - on Sale from Wednesday 3rd of April, 2019.

Films at this year's festival include:

Float like a butterfly

Float like a Butterfly

Between Land and Sea

Between Land and Sea

Dublin Oldschool

Dublin Old School

Irish Seniors

Irish Seniors

The Camino Voyage

Camino Voyage

The Drummer and The Keeper

The drummer and the keeper

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

The Lonely battle of Thomas Reid

No Party for Billy Burns

No party for Billy Burns

Unquiet Graves

Unquiet Graves


FESTIVAL DETAILS

When:

Sydney - Wednesday 01 – Sunday 05 May, 2019

Melbourne - Thursday 09 – Sunday 12 May, 2019

Where:

Sydney - Penrith Gaels, Glebe Pl & Phillip St, Kingswood NSW 2747 (Wednesday 01 May Only)

Sydney - Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney, NSW, 2000 (Thursday 02 – Sunday 05 May)

Melbourne – Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 (Thursday 09 – Sunday 12 May)

Festival Director:

Dr Enda V Murray BSc MA DCA

Enda Murray is an award winning filmmaker and educator with 30 years’ experience in the industry having worked in Ireland, USA, England and Australia. Enda Murray's work has featured in many international film festivals and on BBC, RTE, ABC, NITV, Maori TV, SBS and other international broadcasters.

The Irish Film Festival is supported by The Consulate of Ireland, The Emigrant Support Program of the Government of Ireland, The Irish Film Institute (Ireland), The Celtic Club (Melbourne) and a host of generous community and commercial sponsors.