The festival showcases the latest in quality Irish film and this year's festival has a special focus on Northern Ireland. The festival's mission is to bring contemporary Irish screen culture and entertainment to Australian audiences.
The festival will kick off in Penrith on Wednesday 18 April 2018 with MAZE, based on the true story of the 1983 mass break-out from the high-security Maze prison.The film, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, has been breaking box office records in Ireland since its release in September 2017.
The Opening Night Gala is at the Chauvel in Paddington on Thursday 19 April and will be followed by the legendary Opening Night Party. The festival will run at the Chauvel until Sunday 22 April 2018.
This year, there will be a new documentary by US Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney leading the charge. Gibney's No Stone Unturned is an in-depth examination of the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre, where 6 Catholics were murdered at the local pub in a tiny village in County Down. The film's producer, Trevor Birney, will attend screenings in Sydney and Melbourne.
In the name of Peace: John Hume in America is a landmark documentary which looks at Irish Civil Rights campaigner and politician John Hume's courageous leadership to bring the US to a steady international cooperation. The film's director, Maurice Fitzpatrick, will travel to Australia for the screenings in Sydney and Melbourne.
Lovers of Irish music will be delighted by the drama-documentary Song of Granite, which explores the life of Irish traditional singer, Joe Heaney. This film was the Irish entry in the Oscar Foreign Language category this year.
Irish ex-pats will enjoy Cathal Kenna's debut feature, Coming Home, which follows a handful of Irish migrants from around the world, who pursue their dream to return to live in Ireland after a lifetime in foreign lands.
Sydney - 18-22 April 2018 Melbourne - 26-28 April 2018
Sydney - Penrith Gaels, Glebe Pl & Phillip St, Kingswood NSW (Wednesday 19 April only)
Sydney - Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford St Paddington NSW (Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 April)
Melbourne - Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melbourne VIC (Thursday 26 - Sunday 28 April)
The 2018 Irish Film Festival is a candid glimpse into Irish culture for Australian audiences and you can expect quality contemporary films that reflect the diversity of Irish communities in Ireland, in Australia and across the globe.