Northern Ireland

Northern talent set to be on screen at Galway Film Fleadh

Seána Kerslake and Patrick Kielty in Ballywalter. Picture by Helen Murray
Seána Kerslake and Patrick Kielty in Ballywalter. Picture by Helen Murray

SEVEN feature films produced in the north have been selected for screening at this year's Galway Film Fleadh.

Taking place from July 11 - 16, the annual festival will see new Late Late Show host Patrick Kielty's film acting debut in Ballywalter among features to be screened.

Directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah, the film, which was released last year, is among seven features and seven short films from Northern Ireland included in the Fleadh line-up.

Also set to have its world premiere at the festival is the new film from the directors behind Oscar-winning short An Irish Goodbye.

The Golden West, directed by Ross White and Tom Berkeley, tells the story of two sisters who flee the Irish famine to seek their fortunes in America during the California gold rush.

The Fleadh will also see the premiere of Lie of the Land, a new feature drama from Derry director John Carlin.

Read more: An Irish Goodbye named Best Short at Irish Film and Television Awards

Read more: Prasanna Puwanarajah on directing Patrick Kielty and Seána Kerslake in Ballywalter

Meanwhile, a new documentary from Belfast's Fine Point Films to be screened at the festival charts the rise of 80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper.

Directed by Emmy-award nominated Alison Ellwood, Let the Canary Sing also shines a light on Lauper’s activism in support of women’s and LGBTQ+ rights.

Two animated short films produced in the north through NI Screen's Creative Animation scheme, titled Animus and Stan By Me will also be premiered during the festival.

Galway Film Fleadh programme director Maeve McGrath said: "It is an honour to work with the programme team to find the best in Irish and International cinema to present for the audience in Galway.

"In the 95 feature films that we are presenting, we have 48 debut films with 41 documentaries, 49 narrative films and two animations alongside 102 short films. "