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The History of Irish Cinema from 1909 to the Present Day

    The Volta Cinema in the late 40s
  20/12 - The country’s first cinema, The Volta Picture Theatre opens in a disused warehouse in Mary Street in Dublin.   It is managed by James Joyce and backed by a group of Italians. [MORE] [ADD]
  Aug - – The US film company Kalem produce The Lad from Old Ireland, the country’s first fiction film, and the first US film made overseas.  [MORE]
    Films of Note
    Fun at Finglas Fair (F. J. McCormick) [MORE] [ADD]
    Films of Note
    Knocknagow (Fred O’Donovan) (Feature) [MORE] [ADD]
    Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn (John McDonagh) [MORE] [ADD]

The Irish Film Society is founded in Dublin.  [MORE] [ADD]


– The Ardmore Studios open at Bray, near Dublin.   [MORE] [ADD]

  16/12 -

The Cinematograph Act 1909 is repealed by the Fire Service Act.    [MORE] [ADD]

    Films of Note

The Outcasts (Robert Wynne-Simmons) [MORE] [ADD]

    Films of Note

Anne Devlin (Pat Murphy) [MORE] [ADD]




Pigs (Cathal Black) [MORE] [ADD]

  16/2 -

Laura Hastings-Smith and Robin Gutch’s Hunger wins seven awards at the 2009 Irish Film & Television Awards. [MORE]

  26/5 - Ken Wardrop's documentary film His and Hers, wins the 2009 Screen Director's Guild of Ireland's Director's Finders Series award. [MORE] [ADD]
  16/7 -

A group appointed by the Government to find areas where public service costs can be cut recommends scrapping the Irish film Board (IFB) [MORE]

  10/12 - The Irish Film Board’s immediate survival is assured following a major review of public spending, but its budget is cut by 5% to 19.3million Euros. [MORE]
  1/1 - Michael Dwyer, regarded by many as the most influential Irish film critic of his generation, dies at the age of 58. [MORE] [ADD]
  21/2 - Conor McPherson's horror film The Eclipse wins Best Film at the 7th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards [MORE]
  12/2 -

As if I Am Not There, Juanita Wilsons drama set during the early 1990s war in Bosnia wins the Best Film, Best Director and Best Writer awards at the 8th annual Irish Film and Television Awards. [MORE]

  13/2 -

The actor T. P. McKenna dies in his sleep at the age of 81 at the Royal Free Hospital in London after a long illness. [ADD]

  15/12 - American director Clint Eastwood becomes the first recipient of the John Ford Award from the Irish Film and Television Academy. [ADD]
  11/2 - John Michael McDonagh's The Guard wins the Best Irish Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress awards at the 9th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards. [ADD]
  10/3 - Ardmore Studios faces closure after it fails to land the contract for a major US television series. [ADD]


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