Irish Film Festival Australia launches 2023 program

Doing justice to the cinematic output of a entire nation is ‘very challenging,’ says Irish Film Festival Australia Festival Director Dr Enda Murray.

Doing justice to the entire cinematic output of a nation in just one festival program is ‘very challenging,’ Irish Film Festival Australia Festival Director Dr Enda Murray tells ArtsHub.

‘Our aim is to tell contemporary stories from Ireland … I started off with 43 films on a shortlist – there are a lot of films coming out of Ireland at the moment – and I choose the films according to both the quality of the films and how I think they’re going to work for our audience here in Australia.’

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts