Irish Film Festival returns to Bangkok with additional LGBT shorts program ‘The Gaze on Tour’

Saoirse Ronan as a young immigrant woman in ‘Brooklyn.’ <i>Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures</i>
Saoirse Ronan as a young immigrant woman in ‘Brooklyn.’ Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

The rain’s been coming down on us hard lately, Bangkok — so, chances are you’ve been staying indoors and watching some pretty good movies, eh? Eh?

Well, in case you’d like to switch it up a bit, next month, the Irish Film Festival is returning for its third run at an alternative cinema in the Silom area.

The Irish Film Festival will show three feature films from Ireland and a shorts program from the country’s long-running LGBT film festival. Organized by the Embassy of Ireland in Thailand, the three-day event will take place at the single-screen boutique theater Bangkok Screening Room. 

The festival will open with a screening of Brooklyn, an Oscar-nominated romantic historical period drama that circles around a young Irish immigrant (played by the awesome Saoirse Ronan) trying to carve out a life for herself in 1950s New York City. The 2015 film won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Then the program continues with Black ‘47, a big-screen blockbuster set in Ireland during the Great Famine in 1847. The film follows an Irish ranger who comes home after fighting for the British army and discovers that his mother has died of hunger and the rest of his family is also suffering from the food shortage crisis.

The last feature film to show is the heart-lifting documentary Making the Grade, which invites the audience to see the world of piano lessons and musical education in Ireland, during the season in which teachers and students prepare for graded musical exams each year.

In addition to the three feature films, the festival will be bringing six short films that showed as part of The GAZE on Tour 2018, an Irish LGBT shorts program that reflects the diverse spectrum of voices within the Irish LGBT community.

'Cat Calls,' a short film that's a part of the GAZE on Tour 2018. Image: Irish Film Institute
‘Cat Calls,’ a short film that’s a part of the GAZE on Tour 2018. Image: Irish Film Institute

All films will show in English with Thai subtitles. The schedule is available online. The festival runs October 4 through October 6 at the Bangkok Screening Room. 

Tickets for the three feature films will be THB 120 for adults and THB 90 for children, students and cinema members. Admission into The Gaze on Tour is free, with tickets released 30 minutes prior to screenings.

The Bangkok Screening Room is located on Soi Saladaeng 1 and can be reached on foot from BTS Sala Daeng exit No. 4 or MRT Lumphini exit No. 2.


Irish Film Festival 2019 runs from October 4 – October 6
Bangkok Screening Room
2nd floor, Woof Pack building
Soi Sala Daeng 1, Silom, Bang Rak
BTS: Sala Daeng
MRT: Lumphini

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