Post­cards from the edge

STRANGER THAN FICTION Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute, Dublin Sep 13-16 01-6793477,­

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - DON­ALD CLARKE

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.

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