WFT Ireland members at Bloomsday Film Festival

The Bloomsday Film Festival, the most literary film festival in Ireland, announces their programme of events from Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th June including a special 20th anniversary screening of Lenny Abrahamson’s Adam and Paul and Kelly Campbell’s award winning short film An Encounter



Sunday 16th June IFI

20th Anniversary Screening of Lenny Abrahamson’s award-winning film Adam and Paul in partnership with the Irish Film Institute.

This will be preceded by a screening of the short film An Encounter written by Mark O’Halloran and directed by Kelly Campbell. The film is based on a short story in James Joyce’s Dubliners and is produced by WFT member Claire McCabe.

Mark O’Halloran will introduce the screenings with an exploration of the Joycean connections


The dark adult fairytale, The Disembodied Adventures of Alice directed by Cléa Elisa van der Grijn is a surreal and hallucinatory reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice. The film’s protagonist journeys through a warren of bewildering scenarios where she encounters characters who are at once beguiling and alienating uttering passages from Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. 

Clea will take part in a Q&A hosted by Bloomsday Film Festival director Tommy Creagh.




Saturday 15th June

Kino Volta directed by Italian -Slovakian director Martin Turk 

For Irish cineastes and literary enthusiasts, the fun fact of Joyce’s brief role as manager of the Volta Cinema at 45 Mary Street is well known, but less is known about his Triestine partners In this creative documentary Martin Turk, explores cinema history and creates a tribute to his hometown Trieste, which was so beloved of Nora, James and various other Joyces.

The screening will be followed by Q&A with Italian-Slovenian director Martin Turk and Irish producer Jeremiah Cullinane.

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Thursday 13th -Saturday 15th June- THE JAMES JOYCE CENTRE

The opulent surroundings of the James Joyce Centre will play host to an eclectic array of short films that range from short stories about Dublin to films with a Joycean, literary, poetic and experimental theme

Zoe Nolan’s Anthony & the Bee’s delves into the life of an urban bee-keeper in Inner City Dublin and bees make another appearance as The Residents of 49 in WFT member Ceara Carney’s poetry film. You City, You Boyfriend directed by WFT member Maureen O’Connell is written and performed by poet Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan.

Other films by Women in Film and TV Ireland members include Ashley Parson’s L’Aspect, a poetry film about grief and remembrance set in Berlin and Margaret Kane-Rowe’s Remember which deals with loss. WFT board member Jade Jordan stars in Tilly, a one minute Joycean short film by Matthew Thompson.

Hazel Doupe and Louise perform an excellent two-hander in Allyn Quigley’s’ short Dublin story Findlater and Caitriona Ennis stars in Matthew Thompson’s poetry film At the Sign of the White Horse.

The Poetry Shorts selection will include a special focus on Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation films with a Q&A with foundation director Amy Holmes and Matthew Thompson, filmmaker and frequent Brinkerhoff collaborator. 

In a special event focusing on Joyce’s daughter, Lucia Joyce , PHD candidate Lucy McCabe explores her relationship to cinema with director and dance historian Deirdre Mulrooney and  multimedia artist and author Joyce Garvey, multimedia artist/author.

Excerpts from selected films will be shown and the discussion will be followed by a Q & A.

Also happening as part of the Bloomsday Film Festival programme of events, are two screenings of The Ulysses Project at Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda on Bloomsday itself and at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, London this Thursday.

Directed by Laoisa Sexton and Trevor Murphy, The Ulysses Project is an irreverent, modern, non-traditional re-telling of Ulysses, told rapidly by a succession of over 75 actors who recreate the characters encountered by Leopold Bloom on June 16th, 1904. Shot entirely during the first pandemic lockdown, the resulting compendium of intimate, minutely nuanced performances is surprisingly, deeply cinematic and as provocative as the book. An amazing ensemble cast includes John Turturro, Olwen Fouéré, Patrick Bergin, Paula Meehan, Barry Ward & more.


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