Lost in France, Irish director Niall McCann’s documentary on the fertile Glasgow indie scene of the 1990s gets a special screening next week at the Triskel in Cork, with a very nice added bonus for those in attendance.
Writes Tina Darb:
Broadcasting live from Glasgow Film Festival to Triskel Christchurch Cinema Tuesday, February 21 Niall McCann’s film ‘Lost in France’ is treated to a unique screening and once-in-a-lifetime gig.
This exclusive cinema event followed is followed by a once-off concert performance broadcast LIVE via satellite from the Glasgow O2 ABC, featuring supergroup which includes Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), RM Hubbert, Emma Pollock & Paul Savage (The Delgados).
From the heart of Glasgow ‘Lost in France’ brings you a story of friendship, memory and making music. Set in the mid-90s Glasgow, the film follows flourishing indie rock band The Delgados who established cult record label Chemikal Underground, heralding a renaissance of independent music in the city that would bring the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand to the world.
A rediscovered Irish-made film on the street children of Kolkata [formerly Calcutta].
Journalist and filmmaker Alison O’Reilly (above left) writes:
Midnight’s Lost Child is the story of Kolkata’s 250,000 street children and was shot in 2003 with the help of The Hope Foundation in Cork. It was completed in 2005 thanks to two years of fundraising and bag packing with friends and family. It sat on the shelf until 2008 because none of the national broadcasters would contribute to it or air it after it was made.
However in the meantime it was screened at several international film festivals and won Best Human Rights Director at the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival in 2008. It was then aired on TV3 (after midnight with no promo) however the Irish Times picked it up and described it as a ‘hidden jewel in the schedule’.
The Culture Unplugged Film Festival in the US got in touch with the director and asked if they could screen it at their festival entitled ‘Humanity Explored’ this year and so far it’s one of the ‘most viewed’ films in the festival. They have also requested the Rachael Keogh documentary ‘My Heroin Hell’ which aired on Sky News in 2008 for next year’s festival.