We have built up a collection of DVDs over the years in our libraries and have multiple title collections which enable us to run DVD clubs in some of our branches. These are run very like a book club but instead of borrowing a book you borrow DVD(s) of movie titles, view at home and then at your film club meeting you discuss with other members. It is a good way to learn of other similar movies that you may be interested in and talk to other film lovers.
We also have film clubs that are facilitated and include viewings of pertinent scenes which might be looking at a particular genre over weeks. These can be more like film appreciation clubs or movie classes. This year we have invested in new projectors, screens and sound systems to enhance our patrons viewing pleasure and will show once-off screenings of particular movies to members.
Please check your local branch for information on film clubs and how to join.
Film Club: Classic Director Series
A new film club celebrating the work of some of the most revered yet controversial of Hollywood filmmakers, ranging from the 1950’s Master of Melodrama, Douglas Sirk, to the 1980’s Master of Suspense, Brian de Palma. We will be screening some of the best films of the careers of the five greatest maverick directors one week, followed by a lecture and workshop the following week hosted by film critic Wayne Byrne. The workshop will examine the highs and lows of the respective director’s career and their place within the history of the American film industry.
Wayne Byrne is a film critic who has been writing about cinema for several years.He has previously lectured on the history of American Cinema and is currently working on his first full-length book.
The club begins in Jan/Feb, is open to anyone over 18 years and is free of charge. For further information contact participating libraries – Celbridge, Maynooth, Leixlip and Newbridge.
'History of European Cinema' Film Club
Film maker Gary Hoctor will facilitate this film club on 'The History of European Cinema' over six weeks. Gary will give an overview of how European cinema has developed since 1945, looking at post-war trends like Italian neo-realism and the French New Wave, focusing on directors like Francois Truffaut, Federico Fellini and Wim Wenders, whose work continues to be a major influence on film makers today. The film club will take place on six consecutive Thursday evenings from 7-9PM, with the first meeting taking place on Thursday 16th February 2012.
This film club is free to attend for library members, though numbers are limited so you must contact Naas Library (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Tel: 045-879111) to reserve a place.
Maynooth Film for All
Maynooth Film for All is a partnership between Kildare Library & Arts Service and National University of Ireland, Maynooth which aims to engage with local audiences by involving them in screenings, workshops and discussions, allowing them to see, talk about, enjoy and celebrate film. For more details please enquire at Maynooth Library or see: