Between The Canals

Venue: Dundrum Cinema (Take the Green Line Luas departing St. Stephens Green to the Dundrum or Ballally stop, find the giant shopping centre and the cinema is inside of it) Website: http://www.movies-at.ie/dundrum/home.php Price: €7.90  Date: April 8th-14th, 2011 Time: 9:40 pm


Want to support new Irish film? Why not visit Dundrum Cinema for a screening of Between the Canals after your visit to Airfield Urban Farm? Receiving excellent reviews, here’s a summary for you to see if it strikes your fancy:  

While the criminal underbelly of Dublin city has occupied many – arguably too many – Irish filmmakers over the past 15 years, Mark O’Connor’s debut distinguishes itself by largely avoiding genre clichés and creating credible and likable portraits of small-time troublemakers. As with Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine (both clear influences), the film’s engine is freewheeling male friendship in a deprived urban setting. The three leads keep the loose-limbed plot rolling through entirely convincing dialogue and a chain of often hilarious encounters as they draw more and more heat from less congenial members of Dublin’s drug trade. The film’s energy and pace belie its micro-budget, while the soundtrack is notable for its use of Irish folk music, lending this portrait of an inner city community situated between the (Royal and Grand) canals an uncommonly sympathetic and, in the best sense, local point of view.


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