IN THE year Galway city makes its bid to become a UNESCO City of Film, and in recognition of the film-making history of the county, the Galway Film Fleadh is celebrating local film with its Galway Is Film! strand.
Galway Is Film! starts on Wednesday 9 at 1pm in the Town Hall Theatre, with More Glimpses of Galway a programme of archive footage of the city and county shot between 1921 and 1974, including a 1936 US travelogue, a 1948 Irish Tourist Association video, and a 1967 short about the opening of Tynagh mines.
There will also be new films featuring Galway talent such as Darkness On The Edge of Town (Wednesday 9, 11pm, Town Hall ), a western-like crime drama starring Moycullen’s Emma Eliza Regan (pictured above ) as troubled teenage sharpshooter Cleo Callahan.
Cleo is determined to avenge the death of her sister, unaware that her best friend, Robin (Emma Willis ) is the murderer she has sworn to kill. The film was written and directed by Patrick Ryan, a winner of the BBC Writers Room award.
Emma will also appear in another Irish film at the fleadh, Get Up and Go (Thursday 10, 7pm, Town Hall ), opposite Killian Scott. The film follows Coilin and Alex who have dreams of artistic greatness.
The closing night film is An Bronntanas (Sunday 13, 10pm, Town Hall ), a Celtic noir from Galway-based director Tom Collins which was shot in Connemara.