Five for the weekend
Deadlift, Hard Working Class Heroes, Show N’ Prove, OneTwoOneTwo and Olivia Trummer on tour
Time to flex your muscles: Deadlift is set in a inner-city Dublin gym and looks at the some of the characters who inherit the strange world of bodypumping such as Christy Byrne (the 67 year old who starred alongside Arnold Schartzenegger in Pumping Iron) and rising young gun Tom Staunton. It’s directed by Patrick Cooney, whose The Raj In the Rain documentary turned up some fascinating relics of aul’ decency amongst the Anglo-Irish aristocratacy still living amongst us. Deadlift will be screened at Dublin’s IFI on Sunday at 4pm
It’s Hard Working Class Heroes wig-out this weekend and it all kicks off in a plethora of Dublin venues tonight. You’ll find my guide to the 10 newbies and 10 returnees to see here, Nialler9 profiles 12 brand new acts to see here and Harmless Noise unearths strange and fascinating facts about 28 HWCH acts here. Don’t forget that the HWCH Convention also kicks off today with a full programme of events over the next three days at the NDRC (full programme here – website unfortunately doesn’t allow direct link to schedule).
Show N’ Prove: The Story of Shannon Hip-Hop is a documentary about the burgeoning hip-hop scene in the Co Clare town which follows the exploits of Bubba Jay and God Knows, as they talk about being based in Shannon, hip-hop and becoming essential cogs in the town’s small but dynamic musical community. The documentary, produced by John Lillis and Peter Curtin, will be broadcast on Spin Southwest on Saturday at 1.50pm.
The OneTwoOneTwo film festival kicks off tonight in Dublin’s Lighthouse with screenings over the next few days of music docs like Some Kind Of Monster, This Is Spinal Tap, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (a must-see if you haven’t caught it before – trailer below), Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert For Kate McGarrigle and Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. The festival opens with Mistaken For Strangers on The National but all four screens are sold out so catch something else instead.
One for the jazzers in the audience: Olivia Trummer was one of the acts who featured in the despatches at the 12 Points festival in Dublin earlier this year. Now, the German piano player and singer and veteran of four albums and many tours returns for a nationwide tour. Catch Trummer and her band (Dave Redmond on bass, Kevin Brady on drums) at Triskel Christchurch, Cork (Friday); The Crescent, Belfast (Saturday); John Field Room, NCH, Dublin (Tuesday), Dolan’s, Limerick (Wednesday), Wexford Arts Centre (Friday 11) and Taibhdhearc, Galway (Saturday 12)