Made in the Midlands
Thursday 14 October | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre | 8pm
When you think back to this time last year, we were hopping in and out of lockdowns, slowly going stir crazy and wondering how long we’d actually have to endure the P-word. Now that the light finally seems to be appearing at the end of this tunnel, its events like this night of screenings that help remind us who we are. Back in 2019 we opened the Festival with a Made In Midlands compilation – an amazing night that we have no doubt will be repeated this year. As well as the live-action shorts made in Offaly and those made elsewhere by Offaly filmmakers, there are two short animations made by filmmakers who had the pleasure of staying in Birr as part of the Animation Residency from September 2020 until March 2021. We’re also delighted to screen a short from the English Midlands – a nod to filmmakers who’ve been coming here for about 10 years – from the region where us OFFliners went to study how to make a Festival way back in 2009.
Dawn to Dusk
Friday 15 October | Tin Jug Studio | 6.30pm | 7.30pm | 8.30pm
Director and artist Terry Rudin documents eight female artists in their 70s on a collective residence in Ballinglen Co.Mayo where they delve into a fascinating conversation on making art, ageing and how their processes have changed throughout their 500 odd collective years. Limited places.
Food & Film
Friday 15 October, 7.30pm | The Chestnut
Get your food and film fixin’s alongside a servin’ of the Coen Brothers almighty classic O Brother Where Art Thou….. Praise the Lord! Grub will be up during the Opening Credits, so make sure you’ve copped a squat by startin’ time!
Due to current restrictions, you’ll have to book your tickets as a table of 4 or table of 6!
OFFline Family Film | WALL-E
Sunday 17 October, 11am | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
€5 per child | Adults FREE
WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely.
Then he spots EVE, a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy. This much-loved Oscar winner is perfect Sunday morning viewing for all the family.