Countdown to the 35th Galway Film Fleadh

Niall McNamee and Shana Swash in 'Love without Walls'.

Niall McNamee and Shana Swash in 'Love without Walls'.

With a week to go before the launch of the 35th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh, two more films are announced from the Music strand.

The Music on Film strand at the Galway Film Fleadh brings an array of pop icons and singer/songwriters from the local to the international celebrating some of the biggest music stars in the world.

UK drama, Love Without Walls, winner of Best UK Feature awards at both Manchester Film Festival and London Independent Film Festival, stars Niall McNamee and Shana Swash in a story about a couple who face the harsh realities of life on the streets after they fall behind on their rent. Despite their struggles, their shared love for music gives them the strength to continue. Their story is a powerful testament to the transformative power of music and the human spirit, inspiring us to believe that anything is possible with perseverance, love, and a little bit of music.

Love Without Walls is produced by Karen Newman, best known for Just Charlie, winner of the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is directed and written by Jane Gull, director of My Feral Heart. The film's original music is primarily written and performed by singer/songwriter and lead actor Niall McNamee.

The Irish premiere of Love Without Walls takes place on Wednesday July 12 at 7pm at the Town Hall Theatre. A post-show discussion with Niall McNamee, Jane Gull and Karen Newman will follow the screening.

Pavement fans will not want to miss documentary, Louder Than You Think. Winner of the SXSW 2023 Audience Award for the 24 Beats Per Second screening section, this is an up-close cinematic walkabout through the life of Gary Young, the original (and highly unlikely ) drummer of indie rock royalty Pavement.

His booze and drugs-fuelled antics (on-stage handstands, gifting vegetables to fans ) and haphazard production methods (accidentally helping launch the lo-fi aesthetic ) were both a driving force of the band’s early rise and the cause of his eventual crash landing. Leaving a wake of joy and/or destruction at every turn, Gary teeters the thin line between free-form self-expression and chaotic self-destruction.

Thirty years on, with scoliosis, blood clots, and a shrivelled liver, Gary is still drumming with no regrets. The European premiere of Louder Than You Think will take place on July 12 at 1pm at the Town Hall Theatre. A post-show discussion with producer Brian Thalken and cinematographer Dan O’Connell will follow the screening.

Maeve McGrath, director of programming at the Galway Film Fleadh says Music On Film strand features some of the greatest musicians currently performing.

"The documentary goes behind the scenes providing an up close and personal insight into the lives of musicians on the road, while our music narrative drama is a love story that endures through the toughest of times,” she says.

Full programme details will be announced on Tuesday June 27 with hundreds of events including screenings, Q+A’s and filmmaker interviews, panel discussions, and more.

Go to book tickets for these films?or contact Town Hall Theatre box office on 091 569777.


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