Next week, the Irish Film Institute is hosting two screenings with special guest appearances.
The first , on Monday the 3rd of October will see actor Paddy Considine attending a Q&A after a screening of his award-winning directorial debut Tyrannosaur. Then, on the 6th of October, star Colm Meaney and director Darragh Byrne will present Byrne’s highly regarded debut Parked.
Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur was heaped with awards for acting and direction at Sundance and should immediately establish Considine (well-known as an actor from films such as In America, Submarine and his numerous collaborations with Shane Meadows) as a directorial force to be reckoned with. Featuring award-worthy turns from Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan, Tyrannosaur examines the possibility of redemption in traumatised and violent characters - a tough but rewarding film.
Parked, Darragh Byrne's debut feature sees Colm Meaney (The Damned United, The Commitments, Kings and perhaps best known for his long stint on Star Trek: The Next Generation) as returned emigrant Fred who is literally parked over Dublin Bay, living in his car for reasons that go largely unexplained. This welcome ambiguity and restraint is also apparent elsewhere - as in Milka Ahlroth's portrayal of a Finnish piano teacher who meets Fred on a jaunt to the swimming pool with fellow car-park dweller Colin Morgan, a convivial 21 year old with an escalating drug problem. Dealing with highly charged issues of homelessness, grief and addiction, Parked is both atmospheric and highly topical.
Tyrannosaur 3rd October, 6.15pm
Preview followed by a Q+A with Paddy Considine
Parked 6th October, 6.30pm
Preview followed by a Q+A with Colm Meaney and Darragh Byrne
Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or www.ifi.ie