Australian Irish Film Festival 2020 preview guide

Australian Irish Film Festival 2020 preview guide

From our early days of providing cheaper online money transfers, CurrencyFair is always connected to the journey of Irish expats moving to Australia. That’s why we are proud to sponsor the Australian Irish Film Festival (IFF) 2020.

 

From the 19-29 November, Australian residents can sit back and enjoy the best of Irish cinema and storytelling courtesy of IFF from the comfort of their couch.

 

Looking to find out where to buy tickets and what movies will be shown at IFF 2020? We’ve got you covered in our IFF 2020 preview below. From a powerful Irish-language entry on the Great Famine to the CurrencyFair sponsored Extra Ordinary and a Short Film Program, there is something for everyone during IFF 2020.

 

How do I get tickets for IFF 2020?

Tickets can be purchased via the IFF website.

Once someone has purchased a film, they have 48 hours in which to watch it. Ticket buyers can purchase a single pass, three-ticket package or an all-access pass. Tickets are only valid for residents in Australia only.


There are 12 feature films in total to choose from plus the winners of the Irish Diaspora Short Film Program.

 

When do tickets go on sale for IFF 2020?

Tickets for IFF Australia 2020 go on sale on Sunday the 25 October 2020.

 

What is the opening night movie at IFF 2020?

Extra Ordinary is the opening night movie on 19 November. Not only that but CurrencyFair is sponsoring this special screening.

 

Extra Ordinary

This Irish horror comedy starring New-York based Irish comedian, writer and actor Maeve Higgins is about a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland with supernatural abilities. Starring >Will Forte, best known for playing MacGruber and The Last Man on Earth, this movie has been garnering critical praise globally for it’s horror exterior and soft human core.

Watch the trailer here.

Buy tickets for all showings for Extra Ordinary at IFF 2020 here.

 

What movies will be shown at IFF Australia 2020?

There is a great choice for everyone from documentaries to comedy. The following movies will screen:

DOCUMENTARIES

Sé Mo Laoch (He is My Warrior)

Steve Cooney documentary on Australian-Irish musician, Steve Cooney who played with Stockton’s Wing and Seamus Begley. Cooney is regarded as one of the best trad guitarists in Ireland today.

Watch the trailer here.

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for Sé Mo Laoch (He is My Warrior) and buy tickets here.

When Women Won

This is a touching documentary about the Referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution which resulted in a win for women’s rights.

Watch the trailer here.

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for When Women Won and buy tickets here.

The Ballymurphy Precedent

Award-winning director Callum Macrae's new feature documentary that tells the story of a series of incidents between 9 and 11 August 1971, in which the British Army killed eleven civilians in Ballymurphy, Belfast, Northern Ireland, as part of Operation Demetrius.

Watch the trailer here or find out more about the events that took place here.

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for The Ballymurphy Precedent and buy tickets here.

Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens

Director Adam Low shares his intimate portrait of Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Several years after his death, his family reflect on the experiences that inspired him and share stories of the poetry behind the man.

 

Watch the trailer for Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens here.

 

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens and buy tickets here.

 

Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

John Connors’ heartrending documentary retells the true story of YouTuber Jade McCann who documented her cancer diagnosis via her YouTube channel.

 

Watch the trailer for Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day here.

 

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day and buy tickets here.

 

COMEDY

Besides Extra Ordinary, there are other comedic screenings on show during IFF 2020:

 

The Last Right

New York-based Daniel Murphy, played by Michiel Huisman or Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones, wakes on a flight home to Ireland for his Mum’s funeral to find elderly passenger Padraig Murphy has passed on in the next seat. To his surprise, Padraig has listed Daniel as his next of kin and comedic shenanigans ensue. Brian Cox CBE also stars as the family priest.

Watch the trailer for The Last Right here.

 

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for The Last Right and buy tickets here.

 

DRAMA/COMEDY

Poster Boys

Written and directed by Dave Minogue, this warm-hearted comedy is about a road trip adventure between poster-company employee Al and his nephew and the characters and encounters they have along the way. Think Little Miss Sunshine but Kilkenny-based.

Watch the trailer for Poster Boys here.

 

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for Poster Boys and buy tickets here.


Dark Lies the Island

Director Ian Fitzgibbon’s pitch-black comedy centres on a small Irish town over a week-long period. Starring Irish actor, writer and comedian Pat Shortt and written by award-winning Irish author Kevin Barry, Dark lies the Island is based around characters Barry created for his own short story collection.

 

Watch the trailer for Dark Lies the Island here.

 

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for Dark Lies the Island and buy tickets here.

 

DRAMA

Calm with Horses

Starring Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) and Cosmo Jarvis (Peaky Blinders) this tough and gritty drama tells the story of a violent family of gangsters in rural Ireland.

Watch the trailer for Calm with Horses here.


See the IFF 2020 Screening times for Calm with Horses and buy tickets here.


Rialto

This contemporary urban drama is set in Dublin and stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor from Love/Hate. Colm is in his mid-40s and has a comfortable life: a managerial job in Dublin’s docks, two teenage children and a kind, loyal wife. But the death of his father cracks his life wide open.

 

Watch the trailer for Rialto here.

 

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for Rialto and buy tickets here.

IRISH LANGUAGE

Arracht (Monster)

With Arracht director Tom Sullivan tells the story of a fisherman, a father and a husband living on the wild shores of Connemara in 1845 as The Great Famine descends on his family and community.


Watch the trailer for Arracht here.

 

See the IFF 2020 Screening times for Arracht and buy tickets here.

 

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