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‘Reel Lives Film Festival’

Monday, May 21, 2012



Free Lunchtime Film Screenings at NUI Galway to Celebrate Ageing

The inaugural ‘Reel Lives Film Festival’, organised by The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) at NUI Galway, is offering free lunchtime screenings of films celebrating ageing across the lifecourse from 21-25 May as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

To help celebrate ageing, the ICSG will screen the following films:     NO  NEED  TO  BOOK  -  JUST  TURN  UP     

Monday, 1 pm

  • Venus- a comedy/drama examining inter-generationality, starring Peter O’Toole, Leslie Phillips and Vanessa Redgrave. This 2006 film was nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild and a Golden Globe.  Running time: 98 minutes.

Tuesday, 1 pm

  • About Schmidt– Golden Globe winning 2002 comedy/drama starring Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates.  Running time: 125 minutes.

Wednesday, 1 pm

  • The Savages: multi-award-winning 2007 comedy/drama, starring Phillip Seymore-Hoffman and Laura Linney.  Running time: 114 minutes.

Thursday, 1 pm

  • The Straight Story: multi-award-winning David Lynch 1999 film, starring Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek.   Running time: 112 minutes.

 Friday, 1 pm

  • The Man Who Planted Trees: Academy-winning short French-Canadian 1988 animation (L’homme qui plantait des arbres), narrated by Christopher Plummer and a tribute to the animator Frédérick Back. 

Running time: 30 minutes.


  • Harold and Maude– a Golden Globe nominated 1971 Hal Ashby comedy/romance celebrating inter-generationality. A cult classic starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort.  Running time: 91 minutes.

The 1 pm screenings are free and open to everyone to attend in lecture hall IT125, of the IT Building.  Each film will be followed by a short panel and audience discussion.  Click here for location of IT Building               

All films, with the exception of The Man Who Planted Trees, loaned by film-maker Pat Comer, are sponsored by Screenclick, Dublin.

Parking is available on campus to non-NUI Galway personnel within pay and display areas.  There is also a Park & Ride Facility.  For further information click here.  The venue has all facilities available to hand; including cafés, restrooms, and a lift is available for easy access.

Further information is available from 091 495461.


The ICSG is truly grateful to those who have offered their goods and services for free in order to bring this first film festival to life. You are all making our very first film festival extra special.

So, a very big bualadh bos to:- 

Screenclick, Dublin for generously supplying all the films we will watch and for the promotional DVD rental vouchers for everyone in the audience.

Marina Wild, NUIG art teacher who created our poster.

Liam Buckley, Student's Union shop XL, who is fruitily giving us wine gums for everyone in the audience.

Clada Minerals and all the generous Owens family who are giving us fruit juice for everyone in the audience.

All the NUIG staff who are beavering behind the scenes to ensure everyone gets to hear about this festival.