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Big issues and big laughs are promised as the Eirean film festival returns

The 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 will be marked during the 4th Irish Film Festival in Australia with three films that explore the legacy of the Troubles. 

The prolific and incisive American documentarian Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets, Going Clear, Taxi to the Dark Side) has made No Stone Unturned, which investigates the murder of six Catholics in a pub in County Down in 1994 (the Loughinisland massacre), and points to British government collusion.

Maze dramatises the 1983 Maze prison breakout – Maze was the prison in Northern Island that housed paramilitary prisoners. And In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America looks at civil rights campaigner John Hume’s work to bring the US into the peace process to get Britain to come to the bargaining table.

The festival is also screening The Flag, a farce about an Irish labourer who plots to steal an Irish flag from an officer’s mess in a British army barracks in London. And Song of Granite is a black-and-white biopic on the life of Irish traditional singer Joe Heaney. 

Screenings will be at the Kino. Tickets are on sale now; to book and see what's screening when, click on the Dates and Times tab above.


By: Nick Dent

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