Commitment to Film Culture in the Blackstairs Mountains

Now running for four years the Blackstairs Film Society was formed to provide art house and foreign language film to the local community in and around Borris and the Blackstairs Mountains. We are not for profit and committed to bringing a diverse and culturally significant range of films from all over the world to our local community, as can be seen by our screening list to date. We are located in Rathann Hall and occasionally Borris House (which is the venue for numerous cultural events such as the Festival of Writing and Ideas).


The Blackstairs Film Society has a dedicated voluntary committee including people with expertise in film, film scholarship and education, visual art, curatorial practise, audience development, critical writing, event management and book-keeping. Currently our committee members are as follows: Jules Magan, (Chair), Rachel Joynt (Secretary), Cornelia McCarthy (Communications), Orla Ryan, Brian Hand and Sophie Byrne.


Carlow County Council, Access Cinema and Local Sponsors
The Blackstairs Film Society enjoys the support of the Carlow County Council Arts Office. We are members of Access Cinema. We have many local sponsors such as… If you would like to sponsor us please contact….

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Each season begins in September and runs through to the spring



Our ezine can be found here 

Blackstairs Film Society Screening List to date:

Season 1- September 2007 – May 2008
Notes on a Scandal (2006) Dir Richard Ayre
Mountain Patrol (2004) Dir Chuan Lu
Infamous (2006) Dir Douglas McGrath
Orchestra Seats (2007) Dir Danielle Thompson
The Lives of Others (2006) Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Lady Chatterley et L’Homme Des Bois (2006) Director: Pascale Ferran
Ten Canoes (2006) Dir Ralf De Heer
The Golden Door (2006) Dir: Emanuele Crialese
Water (2005) Deepa Mehta

Season 2-September 2008 to May 2009
The Singer (2006) Dir Xavier Giannoli
The Edge of Heaven (2007)Dir Faith Akin
You the Living (2007) Dir Roy Anderson
Yella (2007) Dir Christian Petzold
Persepolis (2007) Dir Vincente Parranaud
O’Donoghue’s Opera (1965)Dir Kevin Sheldon
Caramel (2007)Dir Nadine Labaki
Honeydripper (2007)Dir John Sayles
Still Life (2006)Dir Zhang Ke Jia
Couscous (2007)Dir Abdel Kechiche

Season 3 – September 2009 to May 2010
Lemon Tree (2008)Dir Eran Ricklis
Gomorrah (2008) Dir Matteo Garrone
The Class (2008) Dir Laurent Cantet
North Face (2008) Dir Philipp Stolzl
Rumba (2008) Dir Dominique Abe, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy
Maria Larssons- Everlasting Moments (2008) Dir Jan Troell
The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) Dir Kim Jee Woon
Delta (2008) Dir Kornel Mundruczo
Rang de Basanti (2006) Dir Rayeysh Mehra

Season 4 – September 2010 – May 2011
Seraphine (2008) Dir Martin Provost
His & Hers (2010) Dir ken Wardrop
Samson & Delilah- True Love (2009) Dir Warwick Thornton
Still Walking (2008) Dir Hirokazu Koreeda

Season 5 – September 2011 – May 2012
Nick Kelly Film Night
Of Gods and Men
Mildred Pierce (USA)
Life, Above All (South Africa/Germany)
Springtime In A Small Town (China)
Babette’s Feast (Denmark)
Poetry (South Korea)
Honey (Germany/Turkey)

Season 6 – September 2012-May 2013
Even the Rain
Shop Around the Corner
A Royal Affair
Big Night
The Flight of the Red Balloon

Season 7 Sept 2013-May 2014
A Late Quartet
Good Vibrations
Beasts of the Southern Wilds
Village at the End of the World
Museum Hours AND SHORT You Don’t Get That in a Chemist
Like Water For Chocolate
Like Father, Like Son