What The Fleadh?! Galway Film Fleadh Reveals New Late-Night Genre Programme
The Galway FilmFleadhhas,in recent years,showcasedindependent genre filmssuch asGrabbers, The Canal, A Dark Song,The SurvivalistandBad Day for the Cutamong others. In 2018, asGalway celebratesthe30thFilmFleadh,the festival hasannounced a new, dedicated late night strand of programming, as a platform forthestrange, the scary, the fantastic and the funny,from across the spectrum of genre cinema.
Opening theWhat theFleadh?!programme on the first night of the festival isAn Evening with Beverly Luff Linn,the hilarious and surreal new comedy fromJim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler), starring Aubrey Plaza as Lulu Danger, dissatisfied wife of Shane Danger (Emile Hirsch), whois stunned when a TV commercial for “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn: For One Magical Night Only” reveals a mysterious man from her past.Plaza and Hirsch are joined by a hilarious ensemble includingCraig Robinson (The Office),JemaineClement (Flight of the Concords) and Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’sDarkplace).
Creator and starof the cult TV showGarth Marenghi’sDarkplace,Matthew Holness will present his new horror filmPossumat Galway, in which Sean Harris(’71, Prometheus) plays Philip,a children’s entertainer with a troubled past. Together with Possum, the hideous hand puppet he keeps concealed inside a black leather case, he returns to his childhood home compelled to confront his demons. Philip discovers that ridding himself of Possum is no easy task. When his attempts to destroy the demonic puppet fail, Philip suspectsthe real demon lurks much closer to home.
A demonic stalker also haunts the titular character inLuz, a sensory, fever dream of a film from debut feature director Tilman Singer, which premiered in thePerspektiveDeutschesKinosection of the Berlinale earlier this year.On a rainy night, dazed and numb, Luz, a young cabdriver, drags herself into the brightly-lit entranceof a run-down police station, where she will showdown with a demonically possessed police psychiatrist, who knows Luz from herrebellious past at a Chilean school for girls.
In the action/comedyDead in a WeekOrYour Money Back, Aneurin Barnard plays William, a young man whohires ageinghitman Leslie (Tom Wilkinson),a one-man euthanasia clinic with a good heart, but a shaky hand. After browsing through Leslie’s brochure “Your Death…Your Way” William settles on “quick and painless.” With the contract signed, and the promise from Leslie of “no garrotting”, William waits for the inevitable.Director Tom Edmunds will attend.
Following in the footsteps of genre-invigoratinghorror filmslikeA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,TheBabadookandRaw– alldirected by women–What theFleadh?!features a number of films from debut women directors tackling familiar tropes in interesting ways. Among them,The Devil’s Doorwaydirected by Aislinn Clarke, isthefirst found-footage horror filmto be made in Northern Irelandand the first ever Northern Irish horror feature directed by a woman. In it,LalorRoddy plays a priestsent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for “fallen women”in 1960. What he uncovers issomething much more horrific.
The Rangeris amodern take on survivalist horror that both celebratesand subverts the usual tropes,with equal parts humour, glitter and gore.Set to the beat of a killer punk soundtrackand presented in eye-popping neon colours, director Jenn Wexler’s debutstars Chloe Levine and Jeremy Holme in a love letter to 80’s slasher flicks where teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.
And in Swiss director LisaBrühlmann’sfantastical body horror,Blue My Mind,15-year-old Miabecomes estranged from her parents andplunges into a hedonistic teenage lifestyle. Her body is changing radically, and despite desperate attempts to halt the process, she is soon forced to accept that nature is far more powerful than her.
Director Michael Tully (Ping Pong Summer)returns to Galwaywith a new film thatIndiewiredescribes as ‘Get Outwith catholic guilt in the Irish countryside.’ InDon’t LeaveHome,an American artist’s obsession with a disturbing urban legend leads her to an investigation of the story’s origins at the crumbling estate of a reclusive painterin Ireland.
Cult favouriteBill & Ted’s Excellent Adventurewill play at the FilmFleadh,with the sci-fi comedy’swriter Ed Solomon in attendance. Thescreenwriter known for other fan-favourite franchises includingMen in BlackandCharlie’s Angelsand the more recentNow You See Mefilms,is currently working on the long awaited third instalment in the Bill and Ted franchise:Bill and Ted Face the Music,set to shoot in February 2019.
The FilmFleadhwill close with the Great Famine westernBlack ’47from director Lance Daly.Hugo Weaving plays Hannah, an ageingBritish soldier sent to stopFeeney, a hardened Irish Ranger on a mission of revenge, after returninghome to findhis mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English.Hannah and Feeney are old comrades with a mutual respect forged by their time fighting together,but personal bonds and shifting allegiances cause both men to question their motives,as they are testedby the hellish landscape of “the Great Hunger”.
The 30thGalway FilmFleadhtakes place from Tuesday 10th– Sunday 15thJuly, 2018. Further information and tickets for all of these films are available atwww.galwayfilmfleadh.com.
Screening venues and times:
An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin |Tuesday 10thJuly |10pm | Town Hall Theatre
Possum | Wednesday 11thJuly | 10pm |PálásPálás a new three screen arthouse cinema and cultural space in the UNESCO city of film- Galway. Designed by Architect Tom de Paor, Pálás is a seven story co... More1
The Devil’s Doorway | Wednesday 11thJuly | 10:30pm | Town Hall Theatre
Dead in a Week Or Your Money Back | Thursday 12thJuly | 11pm |Pálás1
Don’t Leave Home | Friday 13thJuly | 10:15pm | Town Hall Theatre