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Love & Friendship

Date: Thur 16 Feb   Time: 8pm    Admission: €6/€5 conc

Director: Whit Stillman   FILM INFO:  93 mins, Ireland/Netherlands/France, 2016, G 

With razor-sharp wit and a cunning that can ’t be underestimated, the beautiful and recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon takes up residence with her in-laws in a bid to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy, her sister-in-law’s wealthy and dashing younger brother. Using merciless tactics and resourcefulness, Susan out-manoeuvres all who stand in her way, while also charming and enchanting when required. Filmed entirely in Ireland and directed by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), this adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan is a delightful jaunt where manners and social standing are key, and a lady is only as good as her last husband.

Love & Friendship is a rarity: an 18th century period drama with an over-arching sense of fun. 

“Breathlessly funny … Beckinsale doesn’t miss a beat.”– Tim Robey, The Telegraph

“…fizzles with wit, intrigue and creative amorality.”– Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

“Kate Beckinsale is a becoming widow without means in an adaptation that reinvigorates the breeches, buttons and bows clichés.”

- Peter Bradshaw· The Guardian

“Lady Susan, an epistolary novel that probably dates from the middle of the seventeen-nineties, has been transformed by Stillman into a brisk and cutting comedy of manners.”- Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

★★★★ The Irish Times 

★★★★★The Guardian 

★★★★★ The Telegraph

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I, Daniel Blake

Date: Thur 16 March    Time: 8pm    Admission: €6/€5 conc.

Director:  Ken Loach      FILM INFO:  100 mins; UK/France/Belgium, 15 PG

Daniel Blake is a 59-year-old joiner living in Newcastle, a city in North East England. Daniel has had a heart attack at work. His recovery is incomplete and his cardiologist is concerned that Daniel’s heart might begin to beat abnormally, putting him at risk of developing a life-threatening arrhythmia. She tells him that he is not ready to go back to work.

Daniel applies for the sickness benefit called ‘Employment and Support Allowance‘. He gets it at first, but when an eligibility test is carried out, his points tally is slightly below the threshold needed to keep receiving payments. As a result, he is deemed to be able to work. Daniel had assumed that the unspecified healthcare professional who carried out his Work Capability Assessment — portrayed as a simplistic box-ticking exercise — had contacted his doctor for information on his condition, but she had not. Consequently, the test’s criterion for people who are at risk – which would have qualified Daniel for sickness benefits by itself – is not applied by a government “decision-maker”. The supervisor at the job centre says Daniel’s only option is to claim Jobseekers Allowance. As a condition of receiving Jobseekers Allowance, he must actively look for work. Daniel launches a legal appeal against being found fit for work but he finds it difficult because he is not computer literate.

Daniel gets to know single mother Katie and her two children, Dylan and Daisy, who have left a homeless persons’ hostel in London and, with no other affordable accommodation being available in the capital, have moved to Daniel’s home town, a place unfamiliar to Katie and her children. On her first visit to the Job Centre Katie was “sanctioned” — her benefits were stopped because she briefly got lost on the way there — and she can no longer feed all her family nor heat their flat

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Viva

Date: Thur 20 April    Time: 8pm    Admission: €6/€5 conc.
Director: Paddy Breathnach        FILM INFO:    100 mins,  Ireland/ Cuba, 15 PG

VIVA stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, VIVA becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.

Official Website: http://www.viva-movie.com/

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