Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton lead their band in Sing Street. (WEINSTEIN)

Irish Film Festival returns to Manship Theatre

The Baton Rouge greenery may be a bit swampier than the rolling glens outside Dublin City, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks any of its spirit—or its love of a good story. Thanks to the continued dedication of the Baton Rouge Irish Club, the 8th annual Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival will take place this Friday through Saturday, July 29-30, at Manship Theatre, where guests can pick from six feature films and enjoy food, refreshments and live music.

Friday’s festivities begin with “Wee Irish Film Night,” a night of 10 short films screened back to back, music by Wild Irish Roots, plus food and a cash bar. The shorts include Violet, The Way Back, Mullins Fair, The Immaculate Misconception, The Guru, Unhinged, City of Roses, Blight, They Shoot People and More Than God. A late night feature, Traders, will be shown at 10:30 p.m. after the shorts finish their run. Audience members will even get the change to vote on their favorite at the end of the night.

Saturday’s events begin at 12:30 p.m. with You’re Ugly Too, a journey tale following the unlikely duo of a pre-teen orphan and her ex-convict guardian played by Lauren Kinsella and Game of Throne’s Aiden Gillen, respectively.

Next comes The Truth Commissioner at 2:25 p.m., airing immediately after an intermission in the Hartley/Vey Theatre featuring Wild Irish Roots, the Ryan School of Irish Dance, refreshments and a cash bar. The film tells the story of an alternate Northern Ireland and British diplomat Henry Stanfield, who deals with the political minefield that erupts after his appointment to head a South African-style Commission for Truth and Reconciliation.

After another intermission, An Klondike, the story of three Connemara brothers on a journey to the Klondike River who encounter a gold-prospecting town that seems halfway between anarchy and civilization, will screen at 7:15 p.m.

Last, the highly praised musical comedy Sing Street will screen at 9:25 p.m. Taking place in 1980s Dublin, the film follows a 14-year-old boy struggling in a new inner-city public school. Smitten with a beautiful classmate, he decides to try and impress her by forming a band and filming music videos with his misfit friends.

To purchase tickets or weekend passes, visit manshiptheatre.org/events.