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March 2022

SCREENING: The Lonsdale Project

Saturday 5th March, 2022 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€4

Super Paua and Riverbank Arts Centre are delighted to present the world premiere of The Lonsdale Project, a film for ages 11+. It’s the first annual lecture on the work of Kathleen Lonsdale, a Kildare-born crystallographer, anti-war campaigner, mother of three, and activist for penal reform, having served time in Holloway Prison. Professor O’Mahony and Professor Breathnach are both excited to share her achievements. But they have some very different ideas on how to do that… One a more traditional…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Hive

Monday 7th March, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

Sundance triple award winner HIVE is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije (Yllka Gashi), who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a…

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CINEMA: King Richard

Monday 14th March, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

Based on the true story that will inspire the world. “King Richard’’ follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons.…

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CINEMA: C’mon C’mon

Monday 21st March, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) is a good-natured radio journalist, estranged from his sister and suffering from emotional arrested development. Working on a project that keeps him on the road, he travels across the U.S. interviewing children about their hopes and fears for the future. Due to an extreme personal crisis his sister, Viv (Gaby Hoffmann), asks him to look after her 8-year-old son, Jesse (Woody Norman). Johnny and his young nephew are thrown together, forging a a delicate but transformative relationship,…

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CINEMA: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Tuesday 29th March, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

(please note new screening date - Tuesday 29 March) The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the "electrical" mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love…

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April 2022

CINEMA: The French Dispatch

Monday 4th April, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

Set in a fictional French city called Ennui-sur-Blasé, the writers and staff of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American Magazine, gather to discuss potential articles for the next edition. Four different stories compete for publication: a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city itself from The Cycling Reporter; an article about a criminally insane painter, his guard and muse, and his ravenous dealers; “Revisions to a Manifesto,” a chronicle of love and death at the height of student…

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Special Screening for UKRAINE: Olga

Wednesday 6th April, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

Olga (Anastasia Budiashkina) is a talented 15-year-old gymnast with a bright future that might take her all the way to the Olympics. Given the chance to train in Switzerland, she leaves Kiev just as the Ukraine experiences unprecedented political turmoil. Ruthlessly focused on her training, Olga is left a distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, challenges a brutal regime. Elie Grappe's impressive debut is a subtle, tensely handled tale of exile reflecting the pressures on young athletes, the clash…

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CINEMA: Doineann

Monday 11th April, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Tomás, a busy Irish-language TV producer, is a private man, who likes to keep things quiet and ordered. He takes his wife Siobhan and their beloved baby son Oisín to their secluded holiday home, on a north coast island, as frequently as he can. They don't go out, they don't interact with the locals – he just wants to enjoy the peace. And he does, until he receives an urgent call from work – he's needed back on the mainland.…

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CINEMA: House of Gucci

Monday 25th April, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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House of Gucci is inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it’s worth, and how far a family will go for control. Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Jared Leto USA, Canada 2021 157 mins Cert: 15A

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May 2022

CINEMA: Petite Maman

Monday 9th May, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

Director Céline Sciamma (Portrait of A Lady on Fire) latest is a delicate, wonderfully beguiling tale about the power of memory and imagination. Following her grandmother’s death, eight-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mum, used to play. After her mother suddenly leaves, Nelly befriends a girl (Gabrielle Sanz) of her own age in the woods, with whom she finds she has a…

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CINEMA: One of These Days

Monday 16th May, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

In a small Texan town, a local car dealer holds the “Hands on a Hardbody” competition every year. In this contest, participants selected by lucky draw stand around a brand new pickup truck donated by the organiser, place one hand on the car, and are not allowed to take it away. Whoever holds on the longest gets to keep the car. Short breaks are few and far between, and the competitors not permitted to sleep. Meanwhile, a fair kicks off…

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CINEMA: Great Freedom (Grosse Freiheit)

Monday 30th May, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The exquisite latest film from writer-director Sebastian Meise, Great Freedom paints a stirring portrait of gay resistance and resilience in post-war Germany. Sensual yet arresting, Austria’s official submission to the 2022 Academy Awards turns a humanist eye towards a heartrending past. Unfolding across three decades, this drama traces the repeated imprisonment of one man under Paragraph 175 — a law criminalizing homosexual activity. After being “liberated” by Allied forces in 1945, Hans is transferred directly from a concentration camp to prison to…

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June 2022

CINEMA: Belfast

Monday 13th June, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

From lauded director Kenneth Branagh, and starring an acclaimed ensemble cast, Belfast is a personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland. At the centre of the film is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or…

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CINEMA: Master Cheng

Monday 20th June, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (earlybird)/€9 (on the door)

Following the death of his wife, professional chef Cheng travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with a man he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know his friend but local café owner Sirkka offers him accommodation and in return Cheng helps her in the kitchen surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine. Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect, and Cheng is…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Dating Amber

Tuesday 21st June, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (earlybird)/€9 (on the door)

Dating Amber is a poignant, honest and funny look at the highs and lows of teenage life where the only way to fit in is to not be yourself, even if this goes against your very being. Set in Ireland (some familiar Kildare locations!) during the mid-90’s, Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his Dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to…

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CINEMA: The Duke

Monday 27th June, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly - he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Oisín & The Essay

Wednesday 29th June, 2022 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Free, booking advised

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to host The Essay and Oisín from writer-director Alba Fernandez and produced by Danilo Zambrano.  The Essay is a short about a hard-pressed mechanic who reluctantly listens to her brother's essay about the aftermath of a tragedy. Starring Tom Egan, Sarah Jane Seymour. Oisín tells the story of a single mother longing for connection who must choose between her autistic son and the girl next door. It stars Claire J. Loy, Sarah Jane Seymour and Rian Sheridan. Oisín is a Kildare…

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July 2022

SPECIAL SCREENING: An Cailín Ciúin ( The Quiet Girl )

Thursday 7th July, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Nine-year-old Cáit (Catherine Clinch) is sent by her dysfunctional family to spend the summer with an Aunt and Uncle she has never met before. Through the tender care of her aunt Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley) Cáit finally feels loved and safe. Despite himself, her uncle Sean (Andrew Bennett) forges a bond and for the first time, Cáit experiences the warmth of a loving home. The once quiet Cáit blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be…

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September 2022

CINEMA: Joyride

Monday 12th September, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

When 13-year-old Mully robs a taxi to escape from his selfish father, he discovers two unexpected passengers sleeping in the back seat: a local solicitor named Joy and her newborn baby. An unhappy Joy plans to leave the baby with friends and fly to Lanzarote. However, those plans are thrown up in the air when she and Mully end up on an unexpected road trip across County Kerry.  Joyride is a true crowd-pleaser. Award-winning documentary maker Emer Reynolds (The Farthest,…

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FAMILY CINEMA: Lightyear

Saturday 17th September, 2022 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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A sci-fi action adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy. Lightyear follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million lightyears from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time,he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg,…

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CINEMA: ELVIS

Monday 19th September, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, ELVIS is an epic, big-screen spectacle that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley. Elvis’s story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Central to Elvis’s journey is one of the significant and influential people in his life, Priscilla Presley. His rise to fame and subsequent unprecedented stardom, is set against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Starring…

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CINEMA: Anaïs in Love (Les Amour D’Anaïs)

Monday 26th September, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In this sparkling and elegant romantic comedy, the free-spirited and giddily impulsive Anaïs (Anaïs Demoustier) careers from one lover to the next while trying to find some direction in her life. Following a brief dalliance with an older man (Denis Podalydès), she soon finds herself captivated instead by his beautiful long-time partner Emilie (Valeria Bruni- Tedeschi), a successful and beguilingly charismatic writer, and an affair begins which may just offer the contentment Anaïs has been searching for. Featuring stunning Paris…

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October 2022

CINEMA: The Good Boss (El Buen Patron)

Monday 3rd October, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

The Good Boss is a workplace comedy with Javier Bardem as the friendly face of capitalist corruption, a biting and acerbic character study and a darkly funny social. It tells the story of Básculas Blanco, a Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town. They are awaiting the imminent visit from a committee which holds its fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local Business Excellence award: everything has to be perfect when the time…

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CINEMA: Operation Mincemeat

Monday 10th October, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

It’s 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe, and plan to launch an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge - how to protect the invasion force from potential annihilation.  It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew MacFadyen) to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war - centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man. Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary and true story…

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CINEMA: Everything Went Fine (Tout S’est Bien Passé)

Monday 17th October, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Eighty-five year old André is a wealthy and successful art-collector, used to doing everything on his own terms. So, when he suffers a stroke, which leaves him unable to continue life as before, he asks his two daughters for help with his assisted suicide. The burden of dealing with this falls to his eldest daughter Emmanuèle, who must navigate the challenging consequences and practicalities of André’s decision.  Acclaimed director François Ozon’s handles this difficult subject, which is based on the…

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CINEMA: Róise & Frank

Monday 24th October, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Róise, a woman still in mourning following the death of her husband Frank, is initially annoyed when a mysterious dog shows up at her door. But a series of eerie coincidences soon has Róise convinced that the dog is Frank, reincarnated. As this new canine companion helps Róise overcome her grief, ‘Frank the dog’ also proves an unlikely new friend for shy, hurling-loving local boy Maidhchi. But as Frank wins over the town, Róise’s neighbour Donncha has some sinister plans…

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November 2022

CINEMA: Róise and Frank

Monday 7th November, 2022 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Róise, a woman still in mourning following the death of her husband Frank, is initially annoyed when a mysterious dog shows up at her door. But a series of eerie coincidences soon has Róise convinced that the dog is Frank, reincarnated. As this new canine companion helps Róise overcome her grief, ‘Frank the dog’ also proves an unlikely new friend for shy, hurling-loving local boy Maidhchi. But as Frank wins over the town, Róise’s neighbour Donncha has some sinister plans for the doggo… Set in the scenic Ring Gaeltacht area in Co Waterford, Róise & Frank is a charming Irish-language film for the whole family: a comedy-drama that will elicit smiles, tears…

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CINEMA: Tigers

Monday 7th November, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Tigers is based on the enthralling true story of a young Swedish football prodigy who's plunged into the seductive and cut-throat industry of global professional sport. Erik is a dedicated 16-year-old footballer whose childhood dream comes true when he is signed by the world famous club Inter Milan. However, he is not prepared for the competitive nature of the sport and the hostility he is met with by his peers. Based on Martin Bengtsson’s autobiographical record of his experiences, Tigers…

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CINEMA: Small Body (Piccolo Corpo)

Monday 21st November, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Set in north-eastern Italy, Laura Samani’s feature debut follows a grieving mother on an impossible journey to save the soul of her stillborn daughter.  In an isolated island community at the beginning of the 20th century, Agate gives birth to a little girl; sleeping. Terrified that her child will forever drift in spiritual limbo, she flees husband and family, with her baby’s body, embarking on a desperate, dangerous journey to the mountains, where there may be someone somewhere who can…

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CINEMA: Where the Crawdads Sing

Monday 28th November, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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From the best-selling novel by Delia Owens comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is…

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December 2022

CINEMA: Both Sides of the Blade

Monday 5th December, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Claire Denis’ piercing exploration of married life features a trio of powerful performances by Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon and Grégoire Colin. Sara (Binoche) and Jean (Lindon) have been together for ten years. Happy in their relationship, the couple first met when Sara was living with François (Colin), Jean’s best friend. Now, years after she last saw him, Sara catches a glimpse of François on the street. He doesn’t see her, but shortly after the encounter, he reconnects with Jean. Slowly,…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Nothing Compares

Thursday 8th December, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The extraordinary early career of Sinéad O’Connor is covered in the fascinating documentary Nothing Compares. Focusing on the years 1987-1993, the film looks at her troubled upbringing, her first steps into music, the meteoric rise she enjoyed after the release of her legendary single Nothing Compares 2U, and the very public protests that put her in the crosshairs of a cruel tabloid media. What emerges is a testament to a brilliant artist and impassioned activist, as well as an insight into a…

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CINEMA: See How They Run

Monday 12th December, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theatre underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril. Directed by Tom Georgre | 98 mins | Cert 12A

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CINEMA: Robust (Robuste)

Monday 19th December, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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George, an aging film star, who is known for being difficult, relies heavily on his security guard, Lalou, who is more of a personal assistant than security detail. When Lalou needs to take some leave, Aïssais appointed as his replacement. She Is a semi-pro wrestler who earns a living as a security officer. Between this pragmatic young bodyguard and disenchanted renowned actor, a singular bond begins to take root. Despite their individual differences, life has shaped them in ways more…

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January 2023

CINEMA: The Banshees of Inisherin

Monday 16th January, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Set during the Irish Civil War, on a coastal island, lifelong friends Pádraic and Colm suddenly find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship. A stunned Pádraic endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, the whole village become involved in the standoff, with events swiftly escalating with shocking consequences. With his latest film offering Martin McDonagh brings us a gentle and brutal tale of a…

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PREVIEW: Lakelands – followed by Q&A

Saturday 21st January, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Lakelands is the debut feature from Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney whose short film Drifting, starring the BAFTA-winning Paul Mescal, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last year to critical acclaim. After an attack on a night out, a young Gaelic footballer, Cian, struggles to comes to terms with a career-ending injury. Lakelands follows him as he undertakes a search for his own identity in a small town in the midlands, where Gaelic football is a religion and identity is…

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CINEMA: The Lost King

Monday 23rd January, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a carpark in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley, whose unrelenting research had been met with incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics. The Lost King is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country's most eminent historians, forcing them…

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CINEMA: The Woman King

Monday 30th January, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

The African kingdom of Dahomey, 1823. General Nanisca leads the Agojie, an all-female group of warriors. A young woman named Nawi is taken in as an Agojie recruit, but it soon becomes clear Nanisca has a surprise connection with the new arrival. Meanwhile, Dahomey’s King Ghezo looks to make sweeping changes to the way the kingdom does business. But war is brewing with a rival empire involved in the slave trade… The Woman King is an epic historical action film…

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February 2023

CINEMA: Corsage

Monday 13th February, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Vienna 1877: Empress Elizabeth of Austria turns 40. Always famed for her beauty, Elizabeth is also a curious and intelligent woman, with a keen passion for life. But under increased public scrutiny, she finds herself battling between conforming as a mere “trophy” figure with a tiny waist (maintained by her tight corsets), or rebelling against expectations and pursuing the freedom she craves. Actress Vicky Krieps not only stars as Elizabeth, but also originated the idea for Corsage, making it a…

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CINEMA: Alcarràs

Monday 20th February, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

For over eighty years the Solé family has farmed in Alcarràs, a small village in Spain’s Catalonia region. But as they prepare to spend the summer picking this year’s crop of peaches, they find themselves facing eviction and an uncertain future. Carla Simón’s follow-up to her stunning debut Summer 1993 won the top prize at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival. Directed by Carla Simón | 120 mins | Cert 15A https://youtu.be/0N_hsCMfkgo

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SPECIAL SCREENING: North Circular

Thursday 23rd February, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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North Circular is a documentary musical that travels the length of Dublin's North Circular Road, from the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port, exploring the history, music and streetscapes of a street that links some of the country's most beloved and infamous places. Told in black and white 4:3 Academy ratio, the film evokes many narratives from the history of the city and nation, from colonialism, to mental health, to the struggle for women’s liberation while also engaging with urgent issues…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: The Ordinaries

Monday 27th February, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Have you ever felt like a supporting character in your own life? Sophie Linnenbaum’s daring and original film imagines what it would be like if you really were one. It tells of Paula - a supporting character in a movie - who dreams of having her own storyline by attending Main Character School and becoming a lead. A clever satire about identity and exclusion, The Ordinaries sees a woman battling these themes playfully in a filmic meta world. Directed by Sophie…

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March 2023

CINEMA: Aftersun

Monday 6th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

11-year-old Sophie and her father Calum travel to a holiday resort in Turkey for a relaxing sunshine break. As they lounge by the pool and explore the tourist sights, they record their trip on a camcorder. Twenty years later, an adult Sophie looks back on the holiday and her relationship with her father - both the fond memories and the things that have been lost forever. The extraordinary debut feature from Scottish writer/director Charlotte Wells is an achingly tender portrait…

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CINEMA: Utama

Monday 13th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Winner of the World Dramatic prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Utama, ‘our home’ in Quechuan dialect, is a beautifully observed film set in the Bolivian highlands, during an uncommonly long drought. Elderly Quechua couple, Virginio and his wife Sisa, are experiencing the devastating erosion of their land and their traditional ways of life. Like so many before them, they must choose to either endure or to leave, letting go of their Quechua culture, and move to the city with…

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CINEMA: Aisha

Monday 20th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Aisha Osagie is a young woman who fled Nigeria after members of her family were killed. Ending up in Ireland, she is placed in the direct provision system while seeking asylum. She tries her best to eke out a living, but is frustrated by the unstable nature of her accommodation situation. In one centre, she befriends local security guard Conor. But as the two grow closer, Aisha struggles with the increasing precariousness of her life in Ireland. The excellent new…

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