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9 Irish movies by female directors that you should definitely check out

Some delights to chill with tonight.

Irish women are killing it in the film industry, you just have to look a lil to find them. Check out these all-Irish, female-directed movies if you need something to get stuck into tonight.

1. Dollhouse

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Directed by Kristen Sheridan and based on the play by Enda Walsh, the movie focuses on a group of Dublin teens as they break into a mansion to have the sesh to beat all seshes. You’ll recognise Seána Kerslake and Jack Reynor as some unruly kids.

2. Disco Pigs

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This is another one from Kristen Sheridan and stars Cillian Murphy and Elaine Cassidy as two Cork teens who examine their friendship as they approach adulthood.

3. Pyjama Girls

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This documentary from Maya Derrington, essentially, is about those girls you see in your local Spar wearing their pjs while they pick up some milk at 12pm on a Sunday. But it’s also a whole lot more, and a stark look at teenage life in inner city Dublin.

4. 32A

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This little gem won Best First Film at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2007. It tells the story of a teenager in 1970s Ireland as she comes to terms with her developing feelings, and body. A great debut from director Marian Quinn.

5. The Secret of Kells

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Nora Twomey co-directed this stunning animation which won a Oscar nomination in 2009. It stars Brendan Gleeson and tells the story about a young boy living in Kells who is obsessed with protecting the Abbey from Viking attacks.

6. Eamon

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Margart Corkery’s debut tells the story of a young boy dealing with the destructive relationship of his parents. A touching watch.

7. One Million Dubliners

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This is a documentary from director Aoife Kelleher. It examines Glasnevin Cemetery, the home to over one million people. We’re taken through the full story of the cemetary and it’s rich history, as well as what makes it such a tourist attraction today.

8. Song for a Raggy Boy

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Directed by Aisling Walsh, you’ve probably at least heard of this one if you haven’t seen it yet. Based on Patrick Galvin’s novel, it’s set in a cruel boy’s school in 1939 at the brink of World War II.

9. The Breadwinner

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Nominated for an Oscar this year, we can’t forget Nora Twomey’s wonderful animation. Produced by Angelina Jolie, this tells the story of Parvana, a girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan who must dress as a boy to support her mother after her father is arrested.

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