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Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593




Ballina Film Club presents… Stanley Kubrick

Month-long programme of films celebrating the life and work of one of world cinema’s greatest talents, Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999). Widely considered to be one of the finest filmmakers of his generation, Kubrick directed relatively few films – 13 in 45 years – in almost every genre.

Inspired by the work of Max Ophuls and Fritz Lang, Kubrick is often considered, perhaps mistakenly, as pessimistic. Film director Martin Scorsese has noted that most of Kubrick's films were misunderstood and under-appreciated when first released. Then came a dawning recognition that they were masterful works unlike any other films of their time.



Dr. Strangelove (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

(Dir: Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1964)

Tuesday 10th May, 8pm

This mad saga revolves around a psychotic Strategic Air Command officer, Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), who lets loose his B-52 bomber squadron on the Soviet Union. Ripper takes this unilateral action because of his paranoid belief that Communists are sapping and contaminating "all our precious bodily fluids" as part of their plan to take over the world. Unbeknownst to Ripper, his attack will trigger the Russian's ultimate weapon, the Doomsday Machine, a diabolical retaliatory device set to blow up the planet.

This film was a big risk for Kubrick; before this, "nuclear war" was not considered a subject for comedy. Originally written as a drama, Kubrick decided that too many of the ideas he had written were just too funny to be taken seriously. The film's critical and commercial success allowed Kubrick the financial and artistic freedom to work on any project he desired. Adm: €5


2001: A Space Odyssey (Dir: Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1968)

Tuesday 17th May, 8pm

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals to the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human – in the form of Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) – to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. Hailed by many as the best sci-fi ever made; an instant cult favorite, it has set the standard and tone for many science fiction films that followed. Adm: €5


A Clockwork Orange (Dir: Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1971)

Tuesday 24th May, 8pm

Protagonist Alex (Malcom McDowell) is an ‘ultraviolent’ youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected.

But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. One of the most controversial movies ever made, this film was withdrawn from general release at the request of Kubrick himself and wasn’t re-released until after his death in 2000.

Adm: €5

The Shining (Dir: Stanley Kubrick USA 1980)

Tuesday 31st May, 8pm

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel up in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Jack, being a family man, takes his wife and son to the hotel to keep him company throughout the long and isolated nights. During their stay strange things occur when Jack's son Danny sees gruesome images powered by a force called "The Shining" and Jack is heavily affected by this. Along with writer's block and the demons of the hotel haunting him Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a sinister turn for the worse. One of the finest horror movies ever made and featuring an outstanding performance from Jack Nicholson, The Shining, from the novel by Stephen King is a study of one man’s descent into madness. Adm. €5




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733




Tuesday 10th May @ 8.00pm

Of Gods And Men (Des hommes et des dieux)

France  2009  120mins  French with English subtitles

Based on the kidnapping and murder of monks in Algeria in 1996, director Xavier Beauvois creates a masterful portrait of eight Cistercian monks living in a country is increasingly in the grip of Islamic fundamentalist violence. Set against the backdrop of a monastery in the Atlas Mountains, the brothers must decide whether to stay or leave. A compassionate, unsensationalised plea for understanding between cultures, the film is underpinned by superb photography and terrific performances from an ensemble cast including Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale.

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this screening possible.

Adm: €5


Tuesday 24th May @ 8.00pm

Peepli (Live)

India  2010  105mins  Hindi with English subtitles

First-time filmmaker Anusha Rizvi addresses the growing problem of suicide in the farming community in India - a phenomenon that has resulted in the deaths of over 200,000 farmers in the past 10 years - in a sharply satirical comedy harking back to Frank Capra. Faced with losing the family land due to an unpaid loan and following a callous suggestion from a local politician, local farmer Natha decides to commit suicide in order to take advantage of a government compensation scheme to pay the bereaved families. When the story breaks, a media frenzy ignites and soon the whole country is caught up in the saga of the farmer who vows to kill himself. Eschewing Bollywood excess for a more realistic approach, the film mercilessly pokes fun at journalists, government bureaucrats, and opportunistic politicians, with a superb central performance by folk-theatre actor Omkar Das Manikpuri as the desperate Natha.

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm: €5




Westport Cineplex

Wednesday the 4th of May at 8.45 pm in the Westport Cineplex.


Mary and Max (Dir: Adam Elliot Australia 2009 92 mins) 

Max Jerry Horovitz wants a friend. Mary Daisy Dinkle wants the same. Only problem is, Max, an obese Jew with Asperger’s syndrome and a compulsion to gorge himself silly on chocolate hotdogs (a homemade recipe), lives in New York, while Mary, an eight-year-old girl with a large poop-colored birthmark on her forehead and a zeal for sweetened condensed milk, lives in Australia. Mary randomly points to a name in the New York City phone book in hopes of gaining an answer to where babies come from in America. In Australia babies are found in beer mugs, or so Mary’s grandfather tells her. After reading Mary’s letter, Max suffers the panic attack that results whenever anything disrupts his orderly routine, but a dozen chocolate hotdogs later and after some sage advice from his shrink, Dr. Bernard Hazelfhoff, Max answers Mary’s question. Babies in America are found in eggs laid by rabbis.So begins the extraordinary correspondence between Mary and Max, two lonely souls, a little less lonely now. . . Brilliantly animated by Oscar-winning director Adam Elliot and brought to life by the bravura voice work of Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mary and Max is a bittersweet tale of a friendship between oddballs at their wits’ end with the world, but at peace with each other.  - Joshua Moore / San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

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John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


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Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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