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25 years of Irish Film - through Film Ireland covers

The magazine for Irish film buffs is a quarter of a century in the business…

FILM IRELAND – Ireland’s longest-publishing film magazine – is celebrating a quarter of a century in business this year.

For an oversight of the film industry in Ireland, its successes and challenges over the past 25 years, it’s hard to find a better chronicler than the publication which started life as Filmbase News in May 1987. That name refers to the fact that it is published by Filmbase, a not-for-profit resource centre for filmmakers in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

Film Ireland has kindly provided us with a selection of covers from its issues through the years – you may recognise a landmark Irish movie or two in there. For a more indepth search of their archive, click here.

Latest Irish film news is also available on and the latest edition of Film Ireland is available to buy from Filmbase on Curved Street, Dublin and at major newsagents. You can also subscribe on a special offer for one year here.

25 years of Irish Film - through Film Ireland covers
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  • September/October 1987

    Contents: Frankie and Johnny • Video nasties legislation • Cork Film Festival • InterCeltic Festival • Dublin Film Festival • Derry Film and Video Collective • Michael Algar interview (I)
  • April/May 1988

    Contents: Barry Devlin interview • Telefís Three • Distribution in Ireland • The Courier round table • Fast Forward report • Eisenstein editing • New Zealand diary (II).
  • December 1993/January 1994

    Contents: 1993 Review • Jim Sheridan interview (In the Name of the Father) • Morality plays of John Woo • Imagining Ireland seminars report • MEDIA Ireland supplement • Steve Bernstein interview (Como Agua Para Chocolate)
  • April/May 1996

    Contents: Teilifís na Gaeilge • David Blake Knox, RTÉ’s Assistant Director of Programmes, interview • Post-production facilities in Ireland • Short Cuts in Focus • Women in Film and Television profile
  • October/November 1996

    Contents: Michael Collins • John T. Davis interview (The Uncle Jack) • Movie Business in LA • ‘Projecting the Nation: National Cinema in an International Frame’ conference issues • John Sherlock interview
  • October/November 1997

    Contents: Cork Film Festival preview • I Went Down: Rob Walpole & Paddy Breathnach interview; Conor MacPherson interview; Brendan Gleeson career • Alan Gilsenan interview (All Souls’ Day) • Colin Bateman interview (Divorcing Jack) • Assistant Sound Editor
  • December 1997/January 1998

    Contents: One day in Craggy Island • Carine Adler interview • Resurrection Man: Stuart Townsend interview; Eoin MacNamee interview (book) • Shorts at Cork Film Festival report
  • October/November 2001

    Contents: Disco Pigs: Kirsten Sheridan & Cillian Murphy interviews • All About Reality Issue: DV filmmakers at the Genoa G8 summit: Eamonn Crudden, Wolfe Fishbourne & Rowan Dempsey interview; We Are Not Warriors; Alan Clarke retrospective
  • January/February 2004

    Contents: Bloom: Director Sean Walsh and distribution company Tribal Films interviews • Denys Arcand interview (The Barbarian Invasions) • Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland • Kerry Film Festival report • UGC Cinemas • Abbas Kiarostami interview
  • March/April 2007

    Contents: Getting to the heart of John Carney’s Once • Low-Budget Dystopia • catalystproject: a new scheme to produce low-budget films • A day on the set of Graham Cantwell’s Anton • Machinima: How to make films using computer software • Stunt co-ordinator Donal O'Farrell
  • January/February 2008

    Contents: An overview of how Irish cinema has dealt with the erotic • Homosexuality, Trauma and the Cosmopolitan Queer • All about shooting sex with Paddy Breathnach, Lenny Abrahamson and Colm McCarthy • Film Ireland‘s Sex Survey • Irish Film Censor John Kelleher interview • The slippery question of Irish porn • Female Desire in Contemporary Irish Cinema • To do a sex scene or not to do a sex scene? Actor Pauline McLynn’s musings
  • Out now: Autumn 2012

    Contents: 1970s Belfast punk scene recreated in new film, Good Vibrations - director Konrad Begg on his Fleadh premiere - Paul Duane's Very Extremely Dangerous doc - Gerard Barrett's debut feature Pilgrim Hill - Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe on Element Pictures' plans for the future - actor Martin McCann on being Bono and Shadow Dancer.

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