Hitchcock and more in Triskel Christchurch Cinema this July and August

Late summer brings great film titles to Triskel Christchurch Cinema such as the critically acclaimed documentary and box-office sensation Amy, and Irish film A Doctor’s Sword, which was one of the most popular titles in the 2014 Cork Film Festival.

A Doctor’s Sword tells the story of Dr Aidan McCarthy’s incredible World War II experience including internment as a prisoner of war in Japan. Dr McCarthy returned home to County Cork with a ceremonial samurai sword which remains to this day in McCarthy’s Bar, Castletownbere which is still run by his family.

[quote title=” Chris O’Neill – Triskel Christchurch, Head of Cinema”]Our Summer programme continues with this exciting selection of the latest in cultural cinema, documentaries, classics and special seasons. There are two very different coming-of-age dramas with The Diary of a Teenage Girl and The Choir, while Marshland and Beyond the Reach are suspenseful thrillers. We also have several documentaries with The Look of Silence (which is the follow-up to The Act of Killing), the powerful Amy Winehouse film.[/quote]

Throughout August Triskel continues to screen their selection of the finest films from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock on Saturday nights:

James Stewart returns in what was to his last role in a Hitchcock movie, Vertigo, on August 1. An acrophobic detective is hired to shadow a friend’s suicidal wife but his interest shifts from business to fascination in the film considered to be Hitchcock’s masterpiece. In 2012 the film was elevated in the Sight and Sound Best Films of All-Time poll to the number 1 spot, taking the mantel from Orson Welles’ superlative Citizen Kane.

In North by Northwest, on August 8, a Manhattan advertising executive is plunged into a realm of spy and counterspy and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased and in another signature set piece, crop-dusted.

The macabre premise of Psycho, stars Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are the setting for one of cinemas most memorable scenes and recognizable scores. Psycho screens on August 15.

Closing Hitchcock season on August 22, is one of his most celebrated productions, The Birds, starring Tippi Hedron as a young socialite whose mission to track down an errant beau goes bizarrely awry when the remote seaside town is beset by thousands of violent birds.

Hitchcock is often named as one of the Best film directors of all time and was described by the Daily Mail in 2007 as “Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema”. Hitchcock Season at the Triskel is a not to be missed opportunity to see some of his greatest works as they were intended, on the big screen.

The list of films coming to the Triskel Christchurch in July and August is as below.

The Look of Silence (15A)
104 mins – Den/Fin/Ind/Nor/UK/USA 2014 – Documentary – Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer
This documentary is a companion piece to The Act of Killing

Survivors of the Indonesian genocide discover the identity of the men who murdered their son. The youngest brother confronts them – something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.

Sun 26th Jul Mon 27th Jul Tue 28th Jul Wed 29th Jul
4.00pm / 8.45pm 8.45pm 8.45pm 8.45pm


She’s Funny That Way (NC)
94 mins – United States 2014 – Dir: Peter Bogdanovich
Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

When a director casts call girl-turned-actress Isabella “Izzy” Patterson in a new Broadway play to star alongside his wife and her ex-lover, a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists in this screwball comedy.

Sun 26th Jul Mon 27th Jul Tue 28th Jul Wed 29th Jul
2.00pm / 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm


The Choir (PG)
103 mins – United States 2014 – Dir: François Girard
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Kevin McHale and Debra Winger

After a rebellious young boy with a remarkable singing voice is sent to a prestigious music school, he is challenged by a demanding teacher in this uplifting story of talent, adolescence and mentorship.

Sun 2nd Aug Mon 3rd Aug Tue 4th Aug Wed 5th Aug
4.00pm / 8.45pm 8.45pm 8.45pm 8.45pm


Love & Mercy (12A)
121 mins – United States 2014 – Dir: Bill Pohlad
Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano and Elizabeth Banks

This is the unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. The film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon.

Sun 2nd Aug Mon 3rd Aug Tue 4th Aug Wed 5th Aug
1.30pm / 6.15pm 6.15pm 6.15pm 6.15pm


Eden (15A)
131 mins – France 2014 – Subtitles – Dir: Mia Hansen-Løve
Starring: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne and Greta Gerwig

Eden follows a teenager in the nineties Parisian underground music scene who forms a DJ collective. Together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.

Sun 9th Aug Mon 10th Aug Tue 11th Aug Wed 12th Aug
3.30pm / 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm


Amy (15A)
127 mins – United Kingdom 2015 – Documentary – Dir: Asif Kapadia
Featuring: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse and Mark Ronson

Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. This is the story of a prodigiously talented young woman whose life ended far too young.

Sun 9th Aug Mon 10th Aug Tue 11th Aug Wed 12th Aug
1.00pm / 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm


Beyond the Reach (NC)
91 mins – United States 2014 – Dir: Jean-Baptiste Leonetti
Starring: Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine and Hanna Mangan Lawrence

After a hunting trip goes wrong in a vast and hostile basin in the Mojave Desert, a ruthless businessman and his impoverished guide play the most dangerous game in this lean, mean cat-and-mouse thriller.

Sun 16th Aug Mon 17th Aug Tue 18th Aug Wed 19th Aug
4.30pm / 8.45pm 8.45pm 8.45pm 8.45pm


A Doctor’s Sword (Cert TBC)
75 mins – Ireland 2014 – Documentary – Dir: Gary Lennon
Featuring: Aidan MacCarthy, Adrianne MacCarthy and Satoshi Kusuno

This is the incredible story of Aidan MacCarthy, a young doctor from West Cork who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword, which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.

Sun 16th Aug Mon 17th Aug Tue 18th Aug Wed 19th Aug
2.30pm / 6.45pm 6.45pm 6.45pm 6.45pm


Marshland (15A)
104 mins – Spain 2014 – Subtitles – Dir: Alberto Rodríguez
Starring: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, and Antonio de la Torre

When two teenage girls go missing in a remote and forgotten town, a pair of detectives with contrasting approaches must settle their differences to hunt for a predator who for years has terrorised the community.

Sun 23rd Aug Mon 24th Aug Tue 25th Aug Wed 26th Aug
4.15pm / 8.45pm 8.45pm 8.45pm 8.45pm


The Diary of a Teenage Girl (18)
102 mins – United States 2015 – Dir: Marielle Heller
Starring: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig

Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl charts the coming-of-age adventures of Minnie Goetze, a teenager growing up fast in the countercultural haze of 1970’s San Francisco.

Sun 23rd Aug Mon 24th Aug Tue 25th Aug Wed 26th Aug
2.00pm / 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm


Roger Waters – The Wall (NC)
165 mins – United Kingdom 2015 – Concert Film – Dir: Sean Evans & Roger Waters
Featuring: Roger Waters, Dave Kilminster and Snowy White

The Pink Floyd co-founder fuses the epic and the personal in this concert film that goes well beyond the stage: it’s a state-of-the-art show that dazzles the senses, combined with an intensely personal road trip that deals with the loss Roger has felt throughout his life due to war.

Tue 29th Sept