The ADIFF Weekly Round-Up: Friday 23rd June

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

Some things you need to know…

1. Ron Howard takes on new Star Wars Han Solo spinoff. Read more on THR.

2. Galway Film Fleadh announces programme highlights for the 2018 Festival. Read more on IFTN

3. IFI announces experimental filmmaking series including #ADIFF17 film David Lynch: The Art Life. Read more on Scannain

4. Variety mark some highlights of TV in 2017. Read more here.

5. Edinburgh Film Festival's Artisitic Director, Mark Adams, talks about this year's programme on Screen Daily.

6. To celebrate Pride this weekend check out to see the full line-up of events!

In honor of Pride and Dublin’s parade tomorrow, we’d like to shine a light on some of the amazingly talented individuals that are connected to Ireland’s LGBTQ and film community!

Andrew Scott

Scott has made a name for himself on the big screen, the little screen, and even the stage. He currently plays Jim Moriarty on BBC’s “Sherlock” and is starring as “Hamlet” at the Harold Pinter Theatre on the West End. On the silver screen, his performances in “Dead Bodies” and “Pride”, centered on the efforts of gay and lesbian activists to raise money for families affected by the 1984 British Miners’ Strike, have been especially celebrated. Most recently, Scott starred in “Handsome Devil”, a film about a gay teenager struggling to fit in while attending a rugby-mad school. Scott has been very public with his sexuality, and an excellent role model for the community. "I think it's very important to be authentic to yourself which I've always been,” he says, "The most important thing is to be who you are.

John Butler

Butler grew up in South Dublin and continues to use his upbringing as inspiration for his work. Butler directed and wrote (with Peter McDonald) “The Stag”, a film about a stag party gone wrong, and the 2017 film “Handsome Devil”, which was largely based on his own school experiences of attending a sports-crazed school as a gay teenager. Butler frequently talks about his own experiences coming out. In an interview with The Irish Times, he explains “In my 20s I used to try and write stories about men who wanted to disappear all the time. I was unable at that point in my life to realise that was saying something about myself. Then I think it all changed when I was able to come out and really fully try to figure out who I was, which is obviously still underway as we speak.” His most recent film, “Handsome Devil”, is still available to view in select theaters around Ireland.

Emma Donoghue

Dublin-born Donoghue is a playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Many of her novels have LGBTQ themes, including her first novel, “Stir Fry”, focused on a young Irish woman discovering her sexuality, as well as later novels “Hood”, about an Irish woman dealing with the loss of her girlfriend, and “Landing”, about an Irish flight attendant falling in love with a Canadian woman. In addition to a list of accolades, Donoghue’s 2010 novel “Room” was adapted into the 2015 film of the same name. Donoghue served as an executive producer and wrote the screenplay. The film went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Donoghue. “Room” is being performed at the Abbey Theatre until 22 July. Donoghue currently resides in Canada with her partner Christine and two children.

Graham Norton

Although Norton currently resides in London, he was raised in Co. Cork. Norton is a television presenter, comedian, actor, and writer. He is best known for his outlandish comedy talk programme, “The Graham Norton Show”, where he brings in new guests every episode to interview and slag with. Norton has always been very open about his sexuality, and continues to be a positive (and very entertaining) role model for the community.

Daisy Asquith

Asquith is a director and producer with credits including “After the Dance”, a personal documentary about her mother’s family in Co. Clare, “Britain’s Holocaust Survivors”, and “Liz Smith’s Summer Cruise”. Most recently, Asquith has put her heart and soul into her newest project, “Queerama”. The documentary “captures the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women starting in 1919 – weaved with the lyrics and music of John Grant and Hercules & Love Affair.”

Rory O'Neill (Panti)

Otherwise known by his stage name Panti, O’Neill has become Ireland’s most known drag queen and an LGBTQ activist. Originally from Co. Mayo, O’Neill has made Dublin his home, even opening his own bar, Pantibar, in 2007. The documentary “The Queen of Ireland”, directed by Conor Horgan, focused on the early life of O’Neill and his experiences dealing with homophobia and his activism for marriage equality. His speech at the Abbey Theatre in 2014 catapulted O’Neill and his fight for equality to international headlines. We expect to see O’Neill at Saturday’s parade

Colm Tóibín

Tóibín was born in Co. Wexford and attended the University College Dublin. Today, Tóibín is a revered novelist, playwright, journalist, and academic. Novels such as “The Heather Blazing”, “The Story of the Night”, “The Blackwater Lightship” and “The Master” have received critical acclaim. Many of his novels have themes of accepting homosexual identity, as well as loss and the experiences of living abroad. Most recently, Tóibín entered the realm of screenwriting, and helped pen the screenplay for “Return to Montauk” with its director, Volker Schlöndorff. Tóibín was recently appointed Chancellor of Liverpool University, and also is a Processor of the Humanities at Columbia University and a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.

For more information about Saturday’s parade, visit !


And new releases in cinemas this week—

* denotes an Irish film.

From the Land of the Moon– Directed by Nicole Garcia and starring Alex Brendemuhl, Louis Garrel, and Marion Cotillard. “In 1950's France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.”

Hampstead– Directed by Joel Hopkins and starring Brendan Gleeson, Diane Keaton, and James Norton. “Recently widowed, Emily Walters (Keaton) has been left in a heap of debt after the passing of her husband. Not wanting to face the issue head on, she becomes increasingly preoccupied instead with Donald Horner (Gleeson), a man she initially spies on through her attic but grows to have a relationship with. Donald lives wild in a house he built on Hampstead Heath but property developers are threatening to evict him. Emily decides to take a stand for Donald, in spite of Donald’s hesitation to take action.”

The Book of Henry– Directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Jacob Tremblay, Lee Pace and Naomi Watts. “A single mother raises a child genius.”


Transformers: The Last Knight– Directed by Michael Bay and starring Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, and Mark Wahlberg. “Optimus Prime has gone to find his homeworld, Cybertron, and in the meantime, more Transformers have been arriving on Earth. While a faction in the army has been created to take down the Transformers, others are protecting them, including a teenage girl named Izabella (Isabela Moner) and single father-inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg). Yeager is forced to go on the run with a number of the Autobots when the army teams up with the Decepticons, and as if there weren’t already enough problems, Cybertron is approaching Earth.”

*Twice Shy– Directed by Tom Ryan and starring Ardal O’Hanlon, Iseult Casey, Pat Shortt and Shane Murray-Corcoran. “A young Irish couple travels from Ireland to England as the result of an unplanned pregnancy.”

The Graduate– Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross. “A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.”

Re-released at the following theatres:

IFI Irish Film Institute

Light House Cinema Dublin


And if you missed them at #ADIFF17, catch these films in cinemas—

Alone in Berlin

Handsome Devil

My Life as a Courgette


The Lego Batman Movie

The Other Side of Hope

The Red Turtle