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Five things we learned at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh

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Follow all our Galway Film Fleadh 2014 coverage here. More reviews will be published during the week.

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1) Irish films are getting pretty damn heavy

This year’s Fleadh programme would have been fit for a Leaving Cert English paper comparative study as we saw a series of Irish films dealing with a plethora of heavy themes and subject matter. Take your pick from any of the following….. Depression. Schizophrenia. Alcoholism. Addiction. Prostitution. Suicide. Drug addiction. Emigration. Death.

These were arguably best explored in the two joint winners of the Best Irish Feature, Glassland and Patrick’s Day.

All of this seemed to be weighing particularly heavily on audience moods and was brilliantly summarised by the work of Joe Caslin whose project “Our Nation’s Sons” was adapted and used for the programme cover artwork and a series of murals around the town of Galway. Big kudos to whoever gave that man the gig.

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Nigel

Nigel loves stupid films almost as much as he likes clever films. He'll watch anything but is usually drawn to documentaries, North American independent films, Irish cinema and gung-ho, balls-to-the-walls Hollywood blockbusters. Here's what he's been watching.