March 29th, 2019, The day when the UK officially are due to Exit the European Union. A day of celebration for some and sadness for others. Nowhere more so can the sadness be felt than on the border.

To mark the occasion, Belfast Film Festival, Clones Film Festival and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival have teamed up to present EUROPE ENDLESS, an evening discussing the border and its history, filmic and otherwise.

And where else would we screen it but on the Border itself.

FILMS

‘Europe Endless’

Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in June 2016, Colin MacCabe visited celebrated writer Patrick McCabe in his hometown of Clones, Co. Monaghan, to discuss his novels, the impact of the referendum on the Irish border, and the Republic of Ireland’s relationship with Europe. Featuring musical performances, the famous DeLorean time machine, and a McCabe clan rally, this fascinating exploration of Irish identity and Ireland’s often troubled history captures Patrick McCabe’s unique and darkly comic perspective at this defining moment in history.

The Director, Christopher Roth, Colin MacCabe and Pat McCabe will take part in a Q&A following the screening.

Brexit: a cry from the Irish border

‘Jacob Rees-Mogg you’re right. You don’t need to visit the border… you need to have lived here.’ Actor Stephen Rea explores the real impact of Brexit and the uncertainty of the future of the Irish border in a short film written by Clare Dwyer Hogg.

Fiction

The Art Of Border Living

BBC Broadcaster Peter Curran will present an atmospheric extract of new short story about the Irish border (read by Kamila Shamsie Womens Prize for Fiction winner).

Discussion

Filming the Border

Documentarian Brian Henry Martin and Peter Curran take a look at films which feature the border such as ‘Oh Mr Porter’ and ’Puckoon’.

Join us at The Iontas Arts and Community Centre, Castleblaney on March 29th 2019. 

Belfast Film Festival will provide a free bus to the first 70 ticket holders travelling from Belfast to the screening.

Please email Vittoria at outreach@belfastfilmfestival.org with your name and ticket order number to reserve your spot. First come first served.