A weekly round-up of film news, events and cinema releases
Some news from the week -
1. Irish Film Board receives additional €1.5 Million in Budget 2018. Read more on IFTN
2. Harvey Weinstein has been suspended from Bafta following recent sexual harrassment allegations against the producer. Read this story in full on ScreenDaily
3. WRAP, a €2m fund to encourage film, TV and game industry in the West of Ireland has launched this week. Check out Scannain for more.
4. MovieExtras.ie announce casting day - October 14th. No experience necessary as training will be provided on the day. Read more on IFTN
5. Although receiving great reviews, "Blade Runner: 2049" has had a poor box office performance. Check out entertainment.ie to find out why
New releases in cinemas this week -
*denotes an Irish film
The Lego Ninjago Movie - Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan and starring Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco and Jackie Chan
"Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad"
Loving Vincent - Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and starring Aidan Turner, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn and Saoirse Ronan
"A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh"
The Ritual - Directed by David Bruckner and starring Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton and Jacob James Beswick
"A group of college friends reunite for a hiking trip in Sweden after the violent murder of one of their own. However, after the trip moves off course and into a mysterious forest, things go from bad to far, far worse"
The Snowman - Directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Michael Fassbender, Jamie Clayton, Rebecca Ferguson and Val Kilmer
"Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman"
The Party - Directed by Sally Potter and starring Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Bruno Ganz, Cheery Jones and Patricia Clarkson
"Janet is hosting an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her promotion to Shadow Minister of Health in the party of opposition. Her husband, Bill, seems preoccupied. As their friends arrive, some of whom have their own dramatic news to share, the soirée gradually unravels"
Double Date - Direced by Benjamin Barfoot and starring Danny Morgan, Georgia Grome and Michael Socha
"Meet innocent Jim, terrified of girls, and on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex think they've hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful siblings Kitty and Lulu, who seem up for anything on a wild party-fuelled night. But little do they know that the femmes fatales want to make Jim lose much more than just his virginity"
*It's Not Yet Dark - Directed by Frankie Fenton and starring Colin Farrell and Simon Fitzmaurice
"Adapted from writer-director Simon Fitzmaurice's titular novel on his struggles with Motor Neuron Disease, It's Not Yet Dark documents Fitzmaurice's early life and his first forays into film, culminating in the short The Sound of People accepted to Sundance Film Festival. However, it's at Sundance that Fitzmaurice notices his 'floppy foot', an early symptom of MND. Given only four years to live, Fitzmaurice goes about penning his debut feature script My Name Is Emily (released 2015) and spending as much time with his family"