Simon Fitzmaurice directed ‘My Name is Emily’ – a crowd-funded production – from a wheelchair, while struggling with the symptoms of motor neurone disease. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An extraordinary awards season for the domestic film industry comes to a close on Saturday night with the Irish Film and Television Academy (Ifta) Awa(...)

Race for the prize: Mad Max is  usual in that it’s a mainstream film in the best picture fight

This year, the Academy has gone for eight best picture nominees. They have finally achieved their aim of allowing a few mainstream, marquee pictures i(...)

Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in 12 Years a Slave. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

The great Chiwetel Ejiofor is contemplating the inevitable business of allowing corners of your private life to become public. He doesn’t much like t(...)

Roz Purcell’s book launch is a lesson in substance over style

HOT   The BFG The trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl book is spine-tingling. Melissa Mathison (E.T.), who d(...)

Best man: Leonardo DiCaprio after winning the award for best leading actor at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at the Royal Opera House in London. Photograph: Reuters

The Revenant dominated this year’s Baftas, winning three of the biggest awards, including best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. The outdoor epic was also(...)

Filmmaker George Lucas attends the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, in Hollywood on Monday. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty

An army of Stormtroopers plus C-3PO and R2D2 were among the early arrivals at the world premiere of the highly-anticipated new Star Wars movie in Los (...)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) with Stormtroopers. Photograph: David James/ Lucasfilm 2015

Calm down. Calm down. We still have just over a month to wait until Star Wars: The Force Awakens strikes domestic cinemas. Despite the disappointment(...)

A memorial to journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward outside the offices of  WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia.  Photograph: Chris Keane

It’s 56 seconds long, a video of two murders being executed with the intention of having the maximum public exposure. The killing of two journalists (...)

The critically acclaimed A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

Jafar Panahi’s The Circle returns to the IFI tomorrow. Its screening serves as a reminder that the relationship between Iran’s political and artist(...)

Big Bridge, also known as the Jaws bridge, where leaping into the water at high tide is a rite of summer. Photograph: Erik Jacobs/New York Times

This summer marks 40 years since Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made Martha’s Vineyard a household name, setting off the island’s inexorable transformatio(...)