The Irish Film Festival Australia 2021 is running from 3 -12 September offering film fans a unique window into Irish culture through a compelling mix of feature films and documentaries.

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Due to Covid-19 restriction on cinemas, this year’s full 12-film line-up will be offered on-demand, bringing the best of Ireland directly to audience screens at home.

The 2021 Festival program boasts a cracker of a line-up with 7 Australian premieres including Wildfire, Broken Law, Deadly Cuts, The Bright Side, Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, Áine Tyrell – Irish Troubadour and Finding Jack Charlton.

Festival award-winners include Cathy Brady’s feature debut, Wildfire, a psychological drama and story of two sisters who grew up on the fractious Irish border and in a special treat for families, the critically acclaimed Wolfwalkers, from Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon.



This year’s festival also amplifies the voices of women filmmakers, with films by female Directors: The Bright Side by Ruth Meehan, A Bump Along the Way by Shelly Love, Wildfire by Cathy Brady, Deadly Cuts Director, Rachel Carey was one of the recipients of this year’s Virgin Dublin International Film Festival’s Discovery Awards for breakthrough talent.


Two exceptional musical documentaries explore a couple of Ireland’s greatest singer/songwriters:

A superb treatment of a music pioneer, Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, by Emmy-winning Director Emer Reynolds tells the story of how a young black boy from working class 1950’s Dublin became one of Ireland’s Greatest Rock Stars as the lead singer and songwriter for 70s supergroup Thin Lizzy.

Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, is the cinematic exploration of punk-folk wild man Shan MacGowan’s life and career by centring on his time with global superband ‘The Pogues’.).

Another festival must-see is the sporting documentary Finding Jack Charlton, an emotive tribute to the Englishman (footballer and coach) who became both an Irish hero and honorary Irishman for the impact he had on Irish football and the spirit of the nation.

Death of a Ladies’ Man: Inspired by the work of Leonard Cohen and set to some of his most well-known music, this Irish/Canadian production follows a Montreal based, ageing, hard-drinking, womanising university professor who returns home to Connemara when he begins to have hallucinations and ultimately discovers he has cancer.



Áine Tyrrell – Irish Troubadour This moving feature documentary follows free-spirited singer/songwriter Áine Tyrrell as she plays Australia’s biggest folk festival, the Woodford Folk Festival, and tours Australia with her three children after leaving an abusive relationship. Premiering in Australia, this story about a mother’s strength and the healing power of music made its World Premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland in July this year.

The Irish Film Festival Australia celebrates both emerging and established Directors.

There is entertainment for everyone so get your popcorn ready. Let’s experience the beauty of Ireland.

Audiences will also have exclusive behind-the-scenes access to films via our famous Q&A sessions with Festival Director Dr Enda Murray and a selection of the films’ Directors and cast.

Click here for the IFF 2021 FESTIVAL PROGRAM FILMS

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