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Float like a Butterfly on Opening Night
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In its 5th year, you can catch the Irish Film Festival in Sydney (Penrith Gaels, Kingswood & Chauvel Cinema, Paddington) from 1-5 May and Melbourne (Kino Cinema) 9-12 May 2019. The Irish Film Festival is a not for profit cultural event organised by a passionate group of cultural industry professionals from the Irish community. Check the program for an amazing lineup of comedy, drama, animation, shorts and documentary films. Get your tickets here. Buy 3 or more full priced tickets and you'll receive 10% off. The Coupon Code is MULTI at the checkout. This discount does not apply to the Opening Night Gala tickets. Please note the Gala party is an age 18 plus event.

Float Like A Butterfly opens the Festival in both Sydney and Melbourne and is set in 1972 Ireland when Muhammad Ali is fighting in Croke Park in Dublin. This is a powerful and timely story of a young Irish gypsy girl who dreams of being a boxer, fighting for freedom and belonging. She digs deep to find herself in the mother of all fights.

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Inspiring and courageous, but also dangerous, The Camino Voyage is a pilgrimage by sea, rowing from Ireland to Spain. A writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason embark on this 2500km journey, fraught with danger, in a tiny currach (Irish rowing boat). Oscar winner Glen Hansard (ONCE) joins the small crew on this modern day Celtic odyssey. No doubt your heart will be in your mouth as you watch this journey unfold.

Unquiet Graves is another gut wrenching experience about over 120 innocent civilians being murdered during the recent conflict in Ireland. It details a campaign aimed at terrorising the most vulnerable in society, and they will not be quietened. On the other hand, you may want to just sit back and hear A Lifetime of Stories from Irish seniors told in their own words. Told in humour, style and wisdom, they validate their own incredible experiences and the lives of all migrants making a new life in Australia.


Siblings feature in Metal Heart and Dublin Oldschool with one set, estranged, twins, worlds apart; fighting their way back to one another. While the other, a wannabe DJ, stumbles across his junkie brother Daniel, and finds out they have more in common than they think. The Drummer and The Keeper could well be siblings from another mother when two teenagers with challenging issues meet in rehab. An unlikely friendship despite the hardships gives them both something to live for.

Who doesn't love a story of the underdog. The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid is a wonderful documentary about a modern day David and Goliath. It's a case of a great big multinational company versus a simple farmer. No Party for Billy Burns is about another underdog whose dreams are interrupted by local bully red-necks.


The kids have a fantastic Irish animation in Captain Morten and the Spider Queen, featuring the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Pauline McLynn and a host of Irish comedians, making this more of a rollicking tale about a 10 year old who longs to skipper his own boat. But first, he must fight off the evil spider queen who has other plans for him.

Short Film Winners Screenings and GAZE (LGBTQI Short Film Screening) give you a range of films and directing styles to enjoy, and for the surfers, Between Land and Sea, an enthralling doco could be the one, with some incredible surf photography.

Stay updated and get more information about special events and entertainment via the Facebook page and enjoy a season of gorgeous lilting Irish accents. If you'd like to volunteer at this Film Festival and help it run smoothly request to join HERE. Volunteers get to sit in on screenings for free, meet like-minded people and get their own stylish IFF t-shirt.

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Why? 2019 Irish Film Festival
When: SYDNEY MAY 1-5 | MELBOURNE 9-12 MAY 2019
Where: Sydney (Chauvel Cinema, Paddington) and Melbourne (Kino Cinema, Collins Place)
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