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Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593




Jig! (Dir: Sue Bourne, Ireland 2010)

Tuesday 13th December, 8pm

Blame Michael Flatley for this post-Riverdance documentary about hoofing children heading toGlasgowfor the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, each with hopes of becoming the year’s finest high-kicker. Yet while it’s easy to sneer at the tweens and their scary parents, you can’t ignore their dedication to their dying art, nor their kinetic energy. Ping-ponging betweenIreland,Holland,RussiaandEssex, Sue Bourne’s film is an engaging and intriguing study. Once the contest begins, though, her film is gripping and enjoyable. Adm: €5





T: 097 81079


Cineclub na nÓg

Cineclub na nÓg Saturday, 3 December, from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. This two hour, fun-filled bilingual junior film club includes art activities, discussions with the facilitators and, of course, a film in the state-of-the-art cinema! It’s a fantastic environment in which the children can express themselves as Gaeilge and as Bearla. Children must be picked up at 3.30 p.m. sharp. Admission is €10 per child. Family discount of 15% applies. Please register your child with us before Thursday, December 1.  To book a place, please contact Lisa by emailing or call 097 81079.


Extended Cineclub na Nóg

An extended Cineclub na Nóg for Christmas will take place on Saturday 17 December from 12 until 4 p.m. Scannán, trath na gceist, ealaín, comhra agus lón ar fáil. Four hours of entertainment for children between 5-12 year olds as béarla agus gaeilge. To register email or call 097 81079.


Erris Film Club

The first Tuesday of every month is when the Film Club usually meets but for December only, we will run on Wednesday, December 7 at 7.30 p.m. For December we will be screening ‘The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari’ This landmark film delves deeply into the morass of human insanity, and achieves a stunning balance between art, story and characterization. Directed by Robert Weine, 1990,Germany. Tea & coffee will be available. As always we are open to any ideas / suggestions you may have.




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733




Tuesday 6th December @ 8.00pm

Chico and Rita

Spain 2010 94mins Spanish with English subtitles

A charming and beautiful animated love story by Spanish artist and designer Javier Mariscal and his compatriot, Oscar-winning director and music producer Fernando Trueba - the passionate relationship between a singer and a piano player. InCuba in 1948,Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey fromHavana toNew York,Paris,Hollywood andLas Vegas is not an easy road. With ‘cameo’ appearances by the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo and Ben Webster, the film is also an affectionate homage to a golden age of jazz.

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and Catalan successful designer Javier Mariscal have created a passionate, animated Cuban love story.

Adm: €5





Wednesday the 6th of April at 8.45 pm

Deneuve and Depardieu charm in kitsch French screwball comedy

Potiche: France 2010

Cert: R

Runtime: 103 mins

Director: François Ozon

Westport Film Club’s screening, on 7th December, is François Ozon’s wacky Seventies period screwball comedy Potiche, reuniting French legends Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu.

The opening scene introducing Deneuve’s Suzanne in a dinky jogging outfit, hair in rollers, greeting woodland animals, is best likened by The Observer’s Jason Solomons to “some latter-day Snow White on Valium”. Yet, despite hints of Benny Hill and Carry On, Potiche has hidden depths and unexpected layers. Set in 1977, the film affectionately blends high-farce, female empowerment, employment strikes, political upheaval, and romance.  Nothing is quite as you might have expected in this Cinderella story, the perfect sophisticated antidote to the Christmas pantomime.

“Potiche” roughly translates as a vase of little practical use other than to look decorative on a shelf, used here as a derogatory term to describe an attractive women with no real power, a “trophy wife”.  Best known as the ultimate bored French housewife in Belle du Jour, the casting of Deneuve as Suzanne plays beautifully on her iconography. 

With split screens, close in framing, iris wipes and a jaunty score, Ozon styles Potiche on 70’s television shows like Dallas and Charlie’s Angels. Great cinematography is matched by a superb set design.  The fag-ashy factory conference room, kitsch provincial house and cheesy disco nightspot are pulled together by a Bee Gee’s soundtrack for a little nostalgic indulgence.

Adapted from Pierre Barrilet and Jean-Pierre Grèdy‘s play,  Potiche is rooted in the 70s, yet Ozon manages to modernize the story.  In fact his initial interest in the project stemmed from research into a biographical film about Nicolas Sarkozy and the French press’ treatment of the Socialist Party candidate Ségolène Royal  in the 2007 presidential election.  Similarities could even be drawn between the recently humbled Dominic Strauss-Kahn and Suzanne’s chauvinistic, autocratic, philandering husband.

Potiche  is a film brimming with elegant fun and playful authenticity.  A light-hearted, nostalgic and mischievous confection with an inspired ending, that will warm even the coldest on a Winter’s night.

Potiche will be screened at Westport Cineplex on 7th December, at 8.45pm.  Westport Film Club screens eight films a year at Westport Cineplex.  Annual membership of €40 covers all screenings.  Entry to each film for non-members is €10.

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Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


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