Little Cinema Christmas 2019

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Little Cinema last week for the Christmas screening at the Roisin Dubh! We had a fantastic show filled with amazing Christmas shorts!

We showed a mixture of xmas films from  over the years as well as some fresh shorts made for the night!

1 John Burke – Band Aid ’15

We kicked off with a submission from John Burke from 2015, where he did a remake of Band Aid1984 where he played most of the characters in it!

2 Ray Grady – Father Christmas

Next up we had the very funny short by Ray Grady called Father Christmas where a lazy man learns a valuable lesson whilst on a mission to make extra Christmas cash!

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3 Christian Craughwell – Tidings

Our third film was the spooky Christmas film called Tidings made by Little Cinema regular Christian Craughwell.

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4 Kenny Gaughan – Pragmatic Scrooge

Next up we had Pragmatic Scrooge by Kenny Gaughan, which imagines the scenario where Scrooge was a very quick decision maker!

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5 – The Secret Santas of Ireland

We finished the first half with the lovely documentary  The Secret Santas of Ireland made by, which tells the story of how some people got into the role of playing Santa Claus!

6 Paul D’Eath-  Santa Begins

We kicked off the second half with the brilliant Santa Begins, which tells a Christopher Nolan style Santa origins short!

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6 Peter McGann – Christmas Party

Next up was the hilarious instastory of a disastrous Christmas Party for a worker who professes his love for a co worker during the Christmas Party!

7 Galway Actors Workshop – Secret Santa

Our second last short was a comedy sketch made by members of the Galway Actors Workshop who took part in an Acting for Film workshop.

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9 – Conor Quinlan – Taking The Plunge

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We finished the night with the video made by Ronnie Quinlan to cover the fundraising events by Conor Quinlan, Woody Murphy, Joycey & Shaughs from Dead Horse Jive and Kenny from Little Cinema, where they shaved their legs, taught Joycey to swim and swam at Blackrock on the coldest day of the year! Altogether they raised over €1300 for the charity Cope!

Thanks to everyone who came along on the night and contributed by making films for the night and to all of those who took part in the raffle for Little Cinema hoodies which raised funds towards the Taking the Plunge fund.

Little Cinema November 2019 Recap

We had a great screening last Wednesday at the Roisin Dubh for the November edition of the Little Cinema! There was so much quality on shot it was unreal! Thank you to all of the fantastic filmmakers who made the line up so good and of course to the audience who came along to make the night so special!

We’ll share the available links to the films shown on the night here, so settle in for some viewing!


1. Conor Quinlan & Ronnie Quinlan –  Taking The Plunge

First up we had a promo video for the charity fundraiser Taking the Plunge, where Conor Quinlan, Woody Murphy, Kenny Gaughan, Shaughs & Joycey from Dead Horse Jive were getting their legs waxed and will be going for a swim in Blackrock as a fundraiser for the charity Cope. If you’d like to donate to Cope, you can do so here.

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2 Kate Glavey – Don’t be scared of that fella

Next up we had a music video by Kate Glavey which is about being in a family.

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3 Gregory Kozma – In Homesickness and Wealth

Next up we had a documentary made by Gregory Kozma, made about 3 foreigners living in Ireland, with 3 different stories to tell!

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4 Hedgehog Shorts – King of Jokes

Next up we had the hilarious sketch by Hedgehog Shorts introduced by John McLean called King of Jokes, where a prank goes very wrong!

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5 Lauren Bright, Sarah Gibbons, Keshia Roelofs – Tattoo or Taboo: Hidden Stories

Last up before the break we had the great documentary Tattoo or Taboo: Hidden Stories, which is a documentary exploring tattoos and the people that have them. It was introduced by Lauren Bright and Sarah Gibbons.

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6 Shane Mullarkey & William Fischer – Steak Out

Next up we had the short film Steak Out introduced by Shane Mullarkey, where 3 mobsters are having a BBQ in the middle of Winter. Why you may ask? It was an order from the head honcho….. or was it?

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7 John Carpenter & John Murphy – Interrogation

Next film on the night was Interrogation by John Carpenter and John Murphy.  A woman is held up in the interrogation room of a small town police department for no apparent reason. However, it seems the detective has an ulterior motive for keeping her there.

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8 Sam Cahoon – The Buskers of Galway

Next up we had a fabulous documentary about the current busking scene in Galway and a look into the effect which the new by-laws may have on their livelihoods. The documentary isn’t online but you can follow video snippets on their facebook page here.

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9 Gary White & Sarah Richardson – Banana Club

The penultimate film of the night was the brilliant Banana Club, written and performed by Sarah Richardson and filmed by Gary White.  A spoken word video that focuses on female empowerment and celebrating female physical expression. It challenges ideas such as slut shaming, victim blaming and explores club culture as an example of a place where female objectification is highly common.

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10 Lakshika Serasinhe & Manolo Marceno Jacob Koopman – Weight of the wave

We finished the night off with an amazing music video made by Lakshika Serasinhe & Manolo Marceno for Jacob Koopman’s song Weight of The Wave.

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Thanks again to all of the filmmakers for all their work in making the night so great!

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Little Cinema Halloween

HUGE thank yous to everyone who came along to our Little Cinema Halloween screening on Wednesday at the Roisin Dubh! We had an absolutely packed venue, fantastic films and an amazing audience! We’ll post the available links to the films from the night!

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1. Fintan Geraghty and Melinda Szutz – The Dreaming of the Bones

The first to be shown was a short Promo for Dance Players Company’s adaptation of W.B Yeats’ play “The
Dreaming of the Bones”, at O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance. Tickets are available at this link.

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2 Kieran O’Brien – Sharp Words

The second film was Sharp Words, by Kieran O’Brien, a film where a young man’s overbearing mother returns from the dead to haunt his diary!

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3 Conor Kelly – Interview

Our third film was a short about where an interview goes wrong!

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4 Erin Boland – All The Good Girls Go To Hell

Our next short was a film made by the NUIG Film Soc, introduced by Erin Boland. Called All The Good Girls Go To Hell, it’s a Halloween comedy about sharing your first college house!

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5 Shane Boyle – Dark Corners

Our last film before the break was Dark Corners by Shane Boyle, where a woman wakes from a nightmare, but the nightmare has only begun.

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6 Murrough Mac Fheorais & Robert Fitzgerald-Bellone – No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home was the second film from the NUIG Film Soc, and told the story of a person who is experiencing strange reactions from people on Halloween night! It was introduced by Murrough Mac Fheorais & Robert Fitzgerald-Bellone!

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7 Gregory Kozma –  The Janitor

In our 7th film, submitted by Gregory Kozma, a Janitor gets spooked by something or someone!

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8 Hedgehog Shorts –  I need a Hero

The gang from Hedgehog Shorts made another fantastic sketch, this one where two characters in a short film fight over who should die and why! It was intrduced by Ruth McNally and John McClean!

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9 Tom PcPartland – Afraid of the Dark

The penultimate film of the night was a fantastic stop motion music video by Galway musician Thomas McPartland for his song “Afraid of the Dark”!

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10 Edinventure – Apparent Power

We finished the night with the fantastic film Apparent Power by the troupe Edinventure, which won the Offline 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge! As part of the prize, it will be shown at the Galway Film Fleadh next year!

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We had a fancy dress competition and gave away some hoodies to the people with the best costumes for the night! Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who dressed up!

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Thank you to everyone who came along to the night and supporting grass roots filmmaking and keeping the arts alive in Galway!

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Little Cinema September 2019 Recap!

We had a fantastic night at the Little Cinema on Wed 25th Sept, with a really great audience and a brilliant mix of films, sketches, music videos and documentaries!

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We have links to some of the films that were screened and you can check them out here. Not all are online, but the ones that are are below, happy viewing 🙂

1 Carmen Garcia Gonzalez –

I’m a student living in a hostel: The housing crisis in Galway

A day in the life of an Irish young woman who has to sort out university studies while living in a hostel because, for more than a year, she couldn’t find a house to live. Very thought provoking documentary brilliantly executed by Carmen! She is leaving Galway soon and has been a big addition to the Little Cinema while she has been here, we’re sure we’ll be seeing more from her in the future 🙂

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2 Aengus van Hout


-b- is a short film shot on super 8mm made by first time submitter Aengus van Hout.

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3. Harry Bo


Harry Bo made a great documentary about Gliondar, a Community Arts Group in Athenry, Co. Galway. They do spectacle and street theatre and this doc was a highlights video of one of their events, really well captured by Harry Bo!

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4 Echo Harte

Sun Don’t Rise

Our fourth submission was the really great music video Sun Don’t Rise, by Galway musician Echo Harte.  It was made for ‘Suicide Prevention Week 2019’ and is dedicated to all of those we have lost to suicide.

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5 Hedgehog Shorts

New Sketches

The Galway Sketch group Hedgehog Shorts finished off the first half with some hilarious and newly made sketches!

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6 Dawid Piotr Szlaga

MicroPLASTICS a MACROdisaster

Plastic pollution is a threat to marine life in the Maldives on the Indian Ocean. Big filter feeders like whale sharks are exposed to the tiny particles. A group of scientists investigate the pathways of plastic ingestion by this largest fish. The project was documented by Dawid Piotr Szlaga.

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7 Peggy Anne Knight

Light Of My Life

Just when he thought there was only darkness left in his life, Ray encounters a persistent electrical anomaly at his old lighting shop. Made by Peggy Anne Knight

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8 Xavier Cardriche

TOO LATE (Barter The Bard)

A music video all the way from New York, made by Xavier Cardriche who found the Little Cinema last year during a visit to Galway.
Escaping his decisions of the last 24 hours, a young man retreats to a local watering
hole for shelter which may be nothing but temporary bliss.

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9 Eoin Harnett

Our Land

Seven young people reflect on what it is that makes Ireland a remarkable place to live.

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Thank you to all of our filmmakers and audience members who made the night really special!

If you’re interested in submitting something to a future screening, get in touch with us at

Coming up in October we will have a Halloween special, followed by a regular Little Cinema in November and then a Christmas special in December! Get making films! 😉

Little Cinema August 2019 Recap!

Thank you everyone who came along to the August Little Cinema in the Roisin Dubh! It was an awesome night by all accounts, which was hosted by John Burke, Brigid Vinnell and Conor Quinlan!


We have links to some of the films which were shown on the night for you to check out below! Thank you to Brigid for the lovely photos of the filmmakers introducing their films.

Thank you to Paddy Finn  for the two beautiful pictures of the Little Cinema looking glorious below!



And great job to John Burke to have hosted the Little Cinema for the first time!


1. Derek Whyte – Quiet!

The first film of the night was from first time submitter Derek Whyte with his silent short “Quiet!”



2. Christian Craughwell – Chernobyl Prayer

The second film was Chernobyl Prayer, a short based on the final story in ‘Chernobyl Prayer’ by Svetlana Alexievich, made by Christian Craughwell.


3. Hampus Ingerson – Hole

The third film was by Swedish filmmaker Hampus Ingerson who came all the way from Sweden to show his film! Called ‘Hole’, it is about a prisoner who is taken out of his cell for the most important phone call of his life. Thank you to Hampus for coming to the Little Cinema and we look forward to seeing him again there!


4. Carmen Garcia Gonzalez – Trá na nMan – Ladies Beach

The fourth film of the night was the fabulous documentary Trá na mBan by Carmen Garcia Gonzalez introduced by Roisin Hughes; In the west coast of Ireland, a group of Irish women 40 to 80 years old swim every morning in the Atlantic cold waters come rain or shine.


5. Manolo Marceno & Lakshika Serasinhe – Daughter

The fifth film was the film Daughter, made by Manolo Marceno & Lakshika Serasinhe as part of the My Rode Reel competition. Give their film a watch a vote at the link with the video 🙂


6. Nigel O’Brien – Visitors or (Life , the Universe and Ice Cream)

Our next film was made by Nigel O’Brien as part of the Shot By The Sea competition.
Visitors: Bring peace and balance to the Galaxy, and ice-cream.


7. Eoin McLoughlin – Falklands – Laurie and Brian

The next film was an animation made by Eoin McLoughlin. A former vertern of the falklands war shares a tense experience where a bomb had hit his ship. Though it didn’t go off, there was the possibility it could at any moment.


8. Oisin MacCoille – Shauna

Our next film was Shauna, made by Oisin MacCoille.
Shauna has to come to terms with an unplanned event in her life and she has to do it alone.


9. Bip Henderson – Shmuel Coen’s Killer Script PILOT

The second last film of the night was made by Bip Henderson! After his latest flop, a wannabe film producer is on the hunt for a killer script.


10. Ray MacDonncha & Trevor Laffey – Was That A Yes

We finished the night with the fantastic film ‘Was That A Yes’ made by Ray MacDonncha & Trevor Laffey!

Thank you to the fantastic audience who came along and to all the filmmakers for making the night so special.

The September screening is almost full already and so if you’re interested in showing something at the Little Cinema, get in touch with us at

Also keep in mind that Halloween and Christmas are just around the corner and so have the specials in mind for them, if you have any ideas for Halloween or Xmas films, get in touch with us to keep a spot.

Thanks and see you all again soon!