Irish films out in force at Edinburgh film festival

 There’s good news for the Irish film industry with a total of eight Irish  films due to be screened at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival. Four features and four shorts will be screened at this the 62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival, which kicks of Wednesday night with the world premiere of John Maybury’s ‘The Edge of Love’ , starring Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas.


Another world premiere is Ian Fitzgibbon’s ‘A Film with Me in It’ , a black comedy/ thriller with Dylan Moran and Mark Doherty as a dissolute scriptwriter and a struggling actor embroiled in a murder case. Summarised by the festival as ” Shallow Grave meets Withnail & I “, the film also features Keith Allen, Aisling O’Sullivan and Amy Huberman.


Helen , a psychological thriller written and directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, is also a world premiere at the festival. The Irish/UK co-production stars Annie Townsend as a loner whose life is changed after she plays a missing woman in a police reconstruction.


The other Irish features at Edinburgh are ‘Eden’ , now playing at the Light House in Dublin, and Neasa Ní Chianáin’s controversial Fairytale of Khatmandu (which screens on Sunday at New Fest, the annual New York lesbian and gay film festival).


The Irish shorts at Edinburgh are Colin Quinn’s No Regrets in the West , Matthew Talbot-Kelly’s Blind Man’s Eye , and two animated films, Michael Fortune’s Terminal Communication and John McClosky’s The Crumblegiant .