The ADIFF Weekly Round-up: Friday 1st September

A weekly round-up of film news, events and cinema releases.

Some news from the week - 

1. Screen Training Ireland and ADIFF have collaborated to present Immersive Content Creation. This event is an opportunity for industry creatives to further their knowledge of immersive storytelling as part of VR/AR technology - with a chance of winning up to €30,000 in funding to produce your very own VR project. For more info click here

2. Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones, Love/Hate) has been cast as James Joyce in the upcoming biopic by Robert Mullen. The film will centre around Joyce and his daughter Lucia during the writing of  "Finnegan's Wake". Read more on Deadline

3. The Irish Film Institute have announced the line-up for their annual Open Day. The films that will be screened include "The Mighty Ducks" and "Intermission". For more information and the full line-up see the IFI website

4. Ed Skrien has stepped down from his role in the newest installment of "Hellboy" amidst claims of whitewashing. Readmore on IndieWire

5. Lily Collins is set to star alongside Nicolas Hoult in the upcoming "Tolkein". The JRR Tolkein biopic is written by Irish writer and director Brian Gleeson with Stephen Beresford. Read more on Variety

New releases in cinemas this week

*denotes an Irish film

Gods Own Country  - Directed by Francis Lee and starring Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones and Josh O'Connor: "Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path. 

The Limehouse Golem  - Directed  by Juan Carlos Medina and starring Bill Nighy, Eddie Marsan and Olivia Cooke : "A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times - the mythical so-called Golem - must be responsible

*Moon Dogs  - Directed by Philip John and starring Jack Parry-Jones, Christy O'Donnell, Tara Lee and Chris Donald: "Two teenage stepbrothers fall for the same girl on a chaotic road trip from Shetland to Glasgow"

Patti Cake$ - Directed by Geremy Jasper and starring Bridget Everett, Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhanajay: "Twenty-three year ld Patricia Dombrowski (Macdonald) dreams of escaping the rut of New Jersey bars and break into the hip hop scene with buudy J (Dhanajay). But this isn't a world that bothers with overweight white girls (everyone calls her Dumbo) so she gravitates towards aloof wierdo Basterd (Athie), an amateur but talented producer who works out of a shack near a cemetery. As they get a demo together, alcholoci mum Barb (comedienne Everett) who too almost had a singing career in the eighties, pushes "Killer P" ito get a stable job to help with termially ill grandmother's (Moriarty) hospital bills...

Stratton - Directed by Simon West ands starring Gemma Chan, Connie Nielsen, Tom Felton and Dominic Cooper :"A Britsh Specialsit Boat Service commando tracks down an international terrorist cell"

Una - Directed by Benedict Andrews and starring Rooney Mara, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Tobias Menzies: "When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man's workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation will uncover buried"

ADIFF Events to look out for:

Immersive Content Creation - deadline for applications is September 4th. For more info and to apply click here

Culture Night - ADIFF and The Digital Hub in association with the Irish Film Institute will be showing a very special screening of "Dublin 8 on Film" at this years Culture Night (Sept. 22). For more information about the event click here