Sunday saw the final day of Docs Ireland and what a week it has been!
It was another action packed day kicking off with Bombay Street Retrospective at the Ulster Museum introduced by director Vincent Kinnaird and Hidden War: The Story of the IRB introduced by one of its directors Deaglán Ó Mocháin. Thanks to the Irish Language Broadcasting Fund for supporting the Irish language films and hosting a reception following the film.
At Queen’s Film Theatre we had an afternoon of Irish premieres starting with What Is Democracy?. Mark Cousins gave a sneak preview of his work in progress, Women Make Film followed by a very informative and inspiring Q&A hosted by Lisa Barros D’Sa.
Alex Winter’s fantastic The Panama Papers charts the story of the massive data leak that exposed the largest global corruption scandal in history. This screening was followed by a discussion with journalist Colm Keena and Barry McCaffrey.
The afternoon was rounded off with another Irish Premiere, the life-affirming film Island which was introduced by director Steven Eastwood.
We were honoured to have the legend John T Davis introduce his much loved 1979 documentary Shellshock Rock.
Don Letts, award winning director, delighted the audience by taking part in a lively and energetic in conversation event hosted by Joe Lindsay. We were thrilled to have John T Davis award the Docs Ireland Shellshock Rock award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Documentary to Don Letts.
Our closing night gala saw audience members queueing out the door of the Odeon trying to get a ticket for the sold our screening of Gaza. The film was followed by an emotional Q&A.
The sun set on the first ever Docs Ireland at The Jailhouse bar thanks to our wonderful drink sponsors Birra Moretti.