Clones Film Festival, 25 - 28 October
Clones Film Festival has released details of some programme highlights with a distinct local flavour. The festival takes place in the town over the bank holiday weekend, 25-28 October 2018, and full programme details will be available shortly online and in local outlets.
Thursday 25th October at 8pm in Clones Courthouse.
A wine and cheese reception followed by a selection of award-winning short films will be held to launch the festival
All are welcome to attend this free event.
Friday 26 October, 7.30pm, The Courthouse
Hope is a series of films telling the story of the Good Friday Agreement’s People’s Referendum.
Two decades on from the historic peace deal, the film collection tells the overlooked story of the ordinary people who devoted their lives to making sure the vote was Yes.
The films look back at the fierce opposition to the Good Friday Agreement and the groundswell of grassroots support that, in the end, pushed it over the line in May 1998.
In the first of three films, The Story of Yes, activist Quintin Oliver, who led the Yes campaign, recalls how he quit his job for the cause even before the politicians had come up with a proposal.
In the second film of the series, 54 Towns, the focus is on the movement of the Yes campaign right across Northern Ireland.
Newry businessman Peter McEvoy who took the lead in South Down tells of his recollection that people at the time did not take the Yes movement seriously.
But with a resounding 71.1% vote in favour of Yes, and an even bigger landslide of 94.4% in the republic, he realises something obviously worked.
The third film in the series from award-winning production house Below the Radar, Hope on the Border, examines the profound impact the agreement had on the once ostracised communities of border towns, both north and south.
Directed by Clones native Mairéad Ní Thréinir, the film uses stark footage of the physical barriers that kept communities apart in the years before the 1998 agreement and hears testimony from locals whose lives were changed as the border fell away.
Reflecting on the impact of the deal, Clones man Donald McDonald (pictured above) says: “When the roads reopened one cousin of mine described it as it was like carrying a four-stone bag of spuds around on your back. That you could carry it, you could carry the weight of it and you carried it for years, you didn’t know it was weighing you down until suddenly you were able to throw it off.”
Members from the cast and crew and participants in the documentations will attend the screening and be available for a Q&A afterwards.
No Party for Billy Burns
Friday 26 October, 9.45pm, The Road House
Directed by Gowna native, Padraig Conaty, No Party for Billy Burns tells the tale of a would-be cowboy lost in the dreary fields of Cavan. Stranded at home with his grandfather (Shane Connaughton) and ridiculed around town for his innocent ways, Billy (Kevin McGahern) saves his money working for local ranchers, planning a trip to the city, maybe to never come back. When Billy falls in with local thug Ciaran and his long-suffering girlfriend, he finds the adventure and excitement he was looking for, but the local crew pick on the weak, as their rough and tumble kicks find Billy broken and bruised, with little left to lose.
“The film is a personal project handled with care, showcasing both scenery and daily-life in Cavan through the lens of its shy, observant lead. While No Party for Billy Burns evokes a number of classic Westerns throughout, such as High Noon (1952) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), it also allows the space for Billy to create his own path in the narrative. Similarly, the film itself is able to avoid certain generic conventions by remaining very rooted in its rural Irish setting, developing its own category as a modern Irish Western.” filmireland.net
Director Padraig Conaty and members of the cast and crew will attend the screening.
For further information on events see: Clones Film Festival