Ballina Film Club returns! Check out the programme here

Monthly cultural cinema showings in Ballina Arts Centre for just €5.


Ballina film ClubAfter something of a hiatus, it’s great to see the return of cultural cinema to Ballina Arts Centre with the return of the Ballina Film Club! The opening season is something of a cracker with films by Lars von Trier, Gaspar Noë, Paddy Breathnach and the directorial debut of actor Paul Danko. Tickets are just €5 and it’s a great opportunity to catch some acclaimed work that doesn’t always make it to the big screen locally.

The much anticipated return of Ballina Film Club will be Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 at 8pm with Gaspar Noé’s “Climax”, perhaps his most critically-acclaimed work yet. Here’s the schedule for Ballina Film Club as it stands!

Tuesday, January 22, 8pm 

‘Climax’ (Dir: Gaspar Noé, France, 2018, 95 mins)

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Language: French, English

Starring: Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Claude Gajan Maull

With Climax, Gaspar Noé, enfant terrible of French cinema returns with perhaps his most critically-acclaimed work yet.

Following a successful and visually dazzling rehearsal, a dance troupe set about celebrating with a party. But when it becomes apparent that someone has spiked the sangria, the dancers soon begin to turn on each other in an orgiastic frenzy.

Starring Sofia Boutella (The Mummy, Atomic Blonde) and featuring a pulse-pounding score by the likes of Daft Punk, Aphex Twin and Gary Numan, Gaspar Noé’s latest offering shows a director at the height of his hallucinatory filmmaking powers.

Tickets: €5. Warning: Contains scenes that some may find distressing.

Tuesday 19th February, 8pm

‘Rosie’ (Dir: Paddy Breathnach, Ireland, 2018, 86 mins)

Rosie Ballina Film Club

From the pen of Roddy Doyle and directed by Paddy Breathnach (Viva), Rosie is the story of a family without a home. Rosie (Sarah Greene) a mother of four, alongside her partner John Paul, do everything in their power to protect their children and maintain their dignity as the Irish housing crisis threatens their families safety and unity.

With grace and tenderness, Rosie balances the care of her four children alongside the increasingly futile and frustrating search for a new home. Set over an intense 36 hours, Rosie struggles to hold her family close, as she perseveres against a crisis not of her making. Cast: Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, Natalia Kostrzewa.

Tickets: €5.

Tuesday 19th March. 8pm

The House That Jack Built (Dir: Lars von Trier, France/Germany/Sweden, 2018, 152 mins)

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Lars von Trier returns to the director’s chair to present the world with his most daring and provocative work to date, The House That Jack Built. This time the topic of discussion is violence and art, and violence as art. In a mesmerising career best, Matt Dillon plays failed architect turned serial killer Jack who leads us through his thought processes behind his increasingly more depraved acts of murder which he names “incidents”.

As he retells his crimes to Verge (Bruno Ganz) as if they were all individual works of art in themselves, the audience is invited to question the nature of artistry, where its limits lie and when is far too far? And with pitch black humour and undeniable cinematic vision, von Trier delights in taking us there. As Jack says, “The greatest cathedrals have sublime artwork hidden in the darkest of corners for only God to see.”

Tickets: €5. Warning: Contains scenes that some may find distressing.

Tuesday 23rd April, 8pm

‘Wildlife’ (Dir: Paul Dano, USA, 2017, 104 mins)

Wildlife Ballina Film Club


Tuesday 23rd April, 8pm

Jerry and Jeanette Brinson, a seemingly happily married couple, have recently moved to Montana with their teenage son Joe. Everything changes when Jerry loses his job. Frustrated and rudderless, he ignores his wife’s objections and takes a job fighting dangerous wildfires. With Jerry away, Jeanette chooses to re-examine her own lot in life, making some dramatic decisions to reclaim her independence. A bewildered Joe watches on as the life he knew falls apart.

Paul Dano makes the transition from acting to the director’s chair with extraordinary confidence. Adapted from Richard Ford’s novel, Wildlife is a vivid study of the cracks that appear in one American family’s comfortable, normal life. Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal both offer up remarkable performances in this devastating film, shown as part of the Ballina Film Club 2019 programme.

Tickets: €5.

Tickets for all Ballina Film Club showings can be booked online at, or call the box office on +353 (0) 96 73593.

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