Galway Arts Festival Programme 1998

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Venue: GPO, f&linton Street, Admission [6.00. Doers 8:30pm. ( Adm1ss1on illCludes entry 10 rhe innovalive Jazz Juice Disco with DJ Aran McMahon from RiRa.) Gerry "Gearoid M6r" Mallon hosrs and comperes Ireland's longesr running and most successful inrernarional comedy club. More than '300 comics from 12 different countries have trod the boards in the GPO over the past few years. and Gerry has lined up a srellar casr for the 2 1 sr Festival.


fTickets at Door) Gerry Mallon surfaces agam as the comedy host at the Kings Head Theatre. where hell Introduce a selection of some of the finesr Irish comedians on the circuit.

Colin Murphy

One of rhe finds of this year's Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny. Colin Murphy has been making a name for himself in his native Northern Ireland over the past few years and hes now rightly regarded as the premier comic in the North. "MuhHalented and htlarious a true find." The Times. Wednesday 15 July, 8pm. Adm. £6

John Henderson and Joe Rooney

John Henderson has been building a reputation as a wonderfully funny comedian over the past four years. He"s played to great acclaim at Edinburgh. London and Kilkenny, and he's been called "sharp. fresh and exciting.· Joe Rooney is perhaps besr known as the sullen Father Damo in Father Ted. but some may remember him from his days with the Quacksquad. A regular member of Comedy Improv he also runs and hosts the Mad Cow Comedy Club and l!tilanos Comedy Club. Friday 24 July, 8pm. Adm. f!6

Sunday l2 July,

Martin Big Pig 'Northern Ireland) Bob Bryson ( USA l

Sunday 17 July Double Bill with Britons

Danny Brown and Marcus Brigstoke Sunday 26 July

Ross Noble

Joe Enright

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Tommy Tiernan

One of Galway's favounte adopted sons. last seen in priests garb in the final episode of 'Fr. Ted' ( and looking far too convincing at that!). Tommy is gaining a well deserved reputation and is always good for a laugh. Mon 13 Thurs 16 July, 1.10 pm Mon 20 · Wed 22 July, 1.10 pm

Best of Irish

Featuring the best of lnsh stand·up comics Details 10 be announced. Tickets on the door. Fri 17 & Sat 18 July, 1.10 pm Thur 23 · Sat 25 July, 1.10pm


Tommy Tiernan & Gerry Mallon

cast a critical eye over the festival. the movers. the shakers. the winners. the loosers with a string of Invited guests. celebrities and comtCs. Anything can happen and no doubt will. Tues U July 8.30 pm Tues 21 July 8.'30 pm

ilm fleadh Celebrating 1ts i 0th anniversary T he Galway Film Aeadh once again presents an exceptional programme of home grown and international cinema. More than 60 features will be screened. six of which will be premieres of new Irish films. As in other years there will be a umfymg theme: this year it is The Urban Jungle. with a variety of features and documentanes focusing on City life.

Donal McCann Tribute One of Ireland·s leading actors. Donal McCann will be the subject of a special tnbute. Gerry Stembridge will be hosting a pubhc mtervrew with McCann on the ! 2th of July. and five of the actor's hims w1JI be screened dunng the Fleadh: The Nephew. December Bnde. The Dead. Sreahng Beauty and The B,shop·s Story.


Irish Premieres

Directed and wntten by as well as stamng J,mmy Smallhorne. 2 by 4 will receive its European Premiere at the Fleadh. This remarkable debut rs a raw and emotional portrait of the Insh emigrant expenence in New York. and it has already won the Best Cinematography Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival for Oeclan Quinn. Titanic Town stars Juhe Walters as a Belfast housewife whose attempts to start a peace movement have unforeseen consequences for her family and community World Premiere. Colm V111a·s hard·hittmg and gntty futunst1c thriller. Sunset Heights. tells the tale of two rival Deny gangs locked in a tough and deadly struggle World Premiere. Starring Donal McCann. Pierce Brosnan and Smead Cusack. The Nephew is Eugene Bradys debut feature which details the resurfacing of a bitter feud between two men on a small island off the Insh coast Based on the Neil Sheehan·s Pulitzer

( Bill Paxton I who first went to Vietnam in i 962. Growing more disillusioned with the war he resigns his commission. but is drawn back into the confliCI as a civilian. Galway based director Brian Kelly's debut feature A Very Unlucky leprechaun. the latest film from the Concorde Studios. will receive its World Premiere with a special children's screening. The film tells the story of an American girl and her encounter with lucky. the most unfortunate Leprechaun on the whole island. The closing film of this year's Aeadh promises to be very special. A Quinn family .ilfair. This ls My Father stars J.imes Caan and Aidan Quinn. was directed by Paul Quinn . .ind shot by Quinn. The film follows an Irish·American teacher who returns to Irel.ind to uncover his father's identily.

International Features Films from the USA include: Adam Bernstem·s explosive Six Ways to Sunday which features Norman Reedus. Deborah Harry and Isaac H.iyes and will be introduced by the director: and Ted Demme's Snitch, set in Boston's Irish-American community and stamng Denis Leaiy. Jason Barry and Colm Meaney. From Brazil comes One Tough Cop. Bruno Barell( follow up to his Oscar nominated Four Days in September. Naomi Kawase·s debut feature Suz.ak which tells of the disappearance of a way of life a remote Japanese village. took the major awar1 from the 1997 Rotterdam festival and Cannes Director's Fortnight. Peter Mullan·s Orphans is a hilarious and rouchir account of a family's allemprs to organise their mother's funeral. Mullan won Best Actor at Canr earher this year. and th1s film 1s his feature deb, as director. Ian Hart. Aidan Gillen and Harold Pinter star in Mojo. Jez Butterworth's intense ar ferocious portrait of '50's London low·life. From Austna comes Funny Games. Michael Hanneke's unflinching psychological thriller in which a serene summer vacation turns into a rollercoaster of violence. The bizarre Czech filn The Buttoners spans five decades and is made of six short stones which mix histoncal facts ar fictions to tell a story of the power of coincide