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Film Screening and Talk Celebrating Bealtaine

Fri 10 May 6.30pm

Film Screening and Talk celebrating Bealtaine.


The Key was Always in the Door - A Film Poem

As part of the Bealtaine Festival there will be a talk from Collette Nolan, a Cork - based visual artist, about her collaborative film project with poet Gerry Murphy. This project was developed with members of the Ballyphehane / Togher community. This film commission questions the idea around hospitality, home and the practice of "hosting" or being "hosted".

Collette Nolan works in the medium of video and installation. She completed her MA by Research at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, 2004-2006. She was awarded the 2008 Artists Bursary Award, Cork City Council to pursue a PhD by practice at NCAD and Research Scholar at the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Dublin, (GradCAM) She graduated in November 2012.  She was a lecturer in Visual Culture at NCAD in 2011-2012 she has been an invited visiting lecturer to Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, CCAD, Cork, LSAD Limerick, GMIT, Galway, IT and Sligo IT.

Gerry Murphy was born in Cork City in 1952. His work is witty, openly intellectual and often satirical and is "highly, self-consciously literary".He attended University College Cork where he was part of a resurgence of literary activity under the inspiration of John Montague. Among his contemporaries, described by Thomas Dillon Redshaw as "that remarkable generation," there were Thomas McCarthy, William Wall, Theo Dorgan, Maurice Riordan, Greg Delanty and Sean Dunne.


 A poetry film commission between Age & Opportunity / BEALTAINE in partnership with Poetry Ireland. This is a collaborative project by poet Enda Wyley & visual artist Anita Groener working with Dún Laoghaire Active Retirement Group. Employing immersive imagery interwoven with text, this film poem interprets tales of home and belonging rooted in the conversations and generous sharing from the community collaborators.

Enda Wyley is poet and children’s author. She was born in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. She has published five collections of poetry with Dedalus Press; Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems, (2014), To Wake to This, (2009), Poems for Breakfast, (2004), Socrates in the Garden, (1998) and Eating Baby Jesus, (1993).  She holds a B.Ed with a distinction in English Literature and was the recipient of an M.A in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She was the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and has received many Arts Council Literature Bursaries. In 2014 she was the recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for her poetry.

Anita Groener was born in The Netherlands and is based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2005, she was elected a member of Aosdána. Until 2014 she was a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she also served as the Head of Fine Art from 2004 to 2006. From January to March 2019  she exhibited 'The Past is a Foreign Country' at The Dock. The exhibition received an Arts Council Touring and Dissemination Award, and was initiated by the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Break: Coffee and Teas

Film: Sweet Bean

Japanese with Subtitles

Through low- key in style, Sweet Bean is a beautifully performed pleasure, gentle, compassionate, and ultimately moving. The narrative follows a middle aged, unassuming baker with a past who works alone in an almost comically dingy café restaurant in urban Japan. Sentaro goes about his days listlessly serving Doriyaki (a kind of pancake) to the same set of customers, most of them gossipy, lunching schoolgirls. That is until a cheerily optimistic 76 year old woman named Tokue arrives asking for a part time job. A film about the simple pleasures in life.

Runtime: 1h 53m

"The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion."
                                                                                                                                                                      Glenn Kenny, The NYTimes


This is a free event but you must book your tickets in advance.