Clones Film Festival

20 th Anniversary Special Event - 

‘Wings over Carn'

Friday 28th October, Clones Courthouse at 8pm.

It’s hard to believe, but Clones Film Festival turns 20 this year, and the festival crew has been busy planning a very special programme to mark this important milestone. As part of the celebrations, a unique event is taking place on Friday October 28 th , with Festival patron and celebrated Clones author Pat Mc Cabe, and Ted McCarthy, renowned poet and, as it happens, also a Clones native!

‘Wings Over Carn’

– is set to be an evening of reflection, conversation, music and general celebration of the artform that is film.

Among the special guests who will also participate in the event is actor David ‘Dai’ Bradley who starred as Billy Casper in the critically acclaimed 1969 classic ‘Kes’ (directed by Ken Loach).

David Bradley will also introduce

a special screening of ‘Kes’ on Saturday 29 th of October at 11am.

In the words of Pat McCabe:

Come the end of the month in Clones, just look up and say ‘Jasus!’ as the wings of Kes span out across the town. And the whole lot of us start interrupting so as to be able to get in bits concerning our ‘favourite film’. Mine’s Rio Bravo or maybe ‘The Manster’, about a hairy fellow who lives in a Japanese volcano, with two heads. What’s yours? Indeed, if it comes to that, what’s your favourite film song? Come along and tell us - don’t be shy.’


Ted Mc Carthy

Ted Mc Carthy is a poet and translator living in Clones, Ireland. His work has appeared in magazines in Ireland, the UK, Germany, the USA, Canada and Australia. He has had two collections published, 'November Wedding', and 'Beverly Downs'.

He has been a juror for the short film and documentary film competitions for Clones Film Festival, and has been a contributor to documentaries on Brexit and Border life.


Also participating in the event is Julien Temple,

acclaimed director and pioneer of music video as an art form.

Julien’s work incudes features such as ‘Pandemonium’ and ‘Bullet,’ iconic musicals like ‘Absolute Beginners’ and ‘The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle’ and documentaries such as ‘Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten’ and ‘The Filth & The Fury.’ His recent work includes ‘Crock of Gold – A Few rounds with Shane McGowan,’ which won the Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Acclaimed Cavan film and theatre director

Philip Doherty will be in attendance.

Philip is a former winner of the Clones Film Festival Short Film Challenge, and more recently director of ‘Redemption of a Rogue’ which was described by Leslie Felperin in The Guardian as ‘a chucklesome black comedy’ and which won Best Irish First Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh.


Victoria Mary Clarke will also be a guest on the evening.


Writer, artist, journalist and broadcaster, she has written for newspapers and magazines globally, including Paris Vogue, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, and Les Inrockuptibles, and has published two best-selling books, ‘A Drink With Shane MacGowan’, and ‘Angel in Disguise’.

Larry Beau


The evening will also feature music by Larry Beau, songwriter and contemporary folk artist described by Metro as ‘a starry-eyed amalgam of Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and a wandering Irish minstrel’.

And your host for the evening will be Fergal McGrath,

BAFTA shortlisted editor and long- time friend of Clones Film Festival.

Taking place in the intimate setting of the Courthouse Cinema, ‘Wings Over Carn’ is guaranteed to be a brilliantly authentic evening of entertainment and insight. Already there is a high level of interest in this event and the venue capacity is limited.

Tickets will be available here on on this website from the 15th of October.

We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.


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This year, CFF celebrates its 20th birthday – come to Clones and celebrate this special weekend with us! Tricks and Treats abound with rumours of "Special Interest persona"  making significant additions 

Festival Programme

Full programme to be announced in mid-October. Watch this space!

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