Greystones Film Club

Following last month’s powerful documentary The Camino Voyage, the Greystones Film Club have just announced both their upcoming New Cinema and their Kids Secret Cinema screenings.

And once again, it’s an acclaimed Irish documentary leading the way in the former, whilst, when it comes to  the latter, it’s the surprise winner of this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar.

They say history is written by the winners, but what of those battles where the outcome doesn’t quite deliver a Hollywood ending…? This is the grey area that the Emmy Award-winning director Nuala O’Connor has decided to explore in Keepers Of The Flame (Ireland/G/85mins), examining the 1916 Rising and the Irish Civil War through the memories of those still dealing with the consequences.

Delving into the archives of the Irish Military Service Pensions to unearth the lives of those who fought during this brutal and devisive period in the birth of a nation, and how their families continued to pay a price long after the gunfire faded. 

Alongside historian Diarmaid Ferriter (who is planning to attend the screening), O’Connor examines the nation’s post-war psyche, with archive readings handled by the likes of Aiden Gillen, Mary Black Iarla O’Lionaird, Olivia O’Leary, Aine Lawlor, Joseph O’Connor and Aisling Ni Shúilleabháin.

When it came to reading out the winner of this year’s Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, everyone present assumed it was going to be either Mamoru Hosada’s Mirai or Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2.

Failing that, Disney might grab yet another gong for Ralph Breaks The Internet. Or maybe the quirky Wes Anderson was about to be crowned again, for his stop-motion oddity, Isle Of Dogs?

In the end, the name called out was Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (USA/PG/119mins), and directors Rob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman were clearly just as shocked as everybody else in the room.

Everyone present was also just as delighted too, this inventive, infectious and somewhat innovative comic-book feature breaking through quite a few third walls as it followed teenager Miles Morales becoming Spider-Man in his own reality, and then bumping into five counterparts swinging from tall buildings in their realities.

It’s a mindbending, head-spinning and rib-tickling two-hour thrill ride, and one that really needs to be seen on the big screen. Which is why the Greystones Film Club have put aside a Sunday afternoon at The Whale for the good boys and girls of the town, so they can get their high-flyin’ kicks. And then head to bed with wild dreams of saving the world…

Nuala O’Connor’s acclaimed Irish documentary Keepers Of The Flame debuts at The Whale on Wednesday, April 17th, at 8pm, whilst Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will light up that big screen on Sunday, May 12th, at 4pm. Your €10 golden ticket comes with a free adult popcorn, or a kids’ snackbox [with freshly-popped popcorn, sweets and a drink].

You can grab tickets for Keepers here on The Whale website, and for the Secret Cinema screening of Spider-Man, you have to sign up – for free – to the Greystones Film Club, over at greystonesfilmclub.whaletheatre.ie.

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