Postcards from the edge
STRANGER THAN FICTION Irish Film Institute, Dublin Sep 13-16 01-6793477, www.irishfilm.ie
Stranger Than Fiction, the IFI’s annual documentary festival, has, under the astute stewardship of Gráinne Humphreys, matured into something of an institution over its first six seasons. This year, having been appointed programmer of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Humphreys hands over the chain of office to film-maker James Kelly.
The 2007 event focuses more closely than before on domestic films, but still finds space to screen releases from as far afield as Finland and Canada. Highlights include Cathal Black’s The Undertaking, a study of writer and undertaker Thomas Lynch; Barrie Dowdall’s Exile in Hell, a tale of the Tasmanian penal colonies; and, tackling issues of race in modern Ireland, Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley’s Mosney.
The festival’s guest of honour will be Roger Graef, director of such disparate documentaries as Thames Valley Police and The Secret Policeman’s Ball. The event will, as ever, incorporate a series of discussions and public interviews.