Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh, Health

SexEd documentary director discusses Ireland’s more liberal society, filmmaking process

SexEd is a documentary by filmmaker Tatiana Evonuk, and the director said the documentary she hopes the documentary “starts a conversation in the culture.” Speaking to An Focal, Tatiana describes the documentary as “a communal effort influenced heavily by deeply negative and ongoing social effects the Catholic Church and its doctrine continue to have on young people’s perception or level …


Arts & Culture, Fuinneamh

An Focal investigates: Delayed Video Games that got released

It finally happened. Shenmue got a sequel. After the 2001 sequel ended on a cliffhanger, fans were waiting on pins and needles for any news about a sequel. Sony’s 2015 E3 conference will live long in the memory of any gamer if the reactions are anything to go by. Over four years later, Shenmue 3 is available to buy, and …


Tales From The End review: UL Drama Soc’s stock continues to soar

Ridley Scott once said of his craft, “Once you crack the script, everything else follows.” The same can certainly be said for the UL Drama Society’s most recent production, “Tales From the End”. Conor Clohessy, who recently showed his skill with a pen in the short film “The Breaking of Wesson’s Boys”, once again used his flair for storytelling to …

How Chelsea’s investment in youth paid off

If you follow football long enough you are bound to hear at some stage some of these unanswerable debates that are now older than most football fans. Who’s better? Messi or Ronaldo? Why couldn’t Lampard and Gerrard play together for England? And could Real Madrid do it on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Stoke? But for the last decade …

An Focal’s First Take Club #7 – The Godfather Part 3

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather: Part III’ is seen by many as the most disappointing of all time. With my recent Godfather binge, I was worried about this film, as I knew of the widespread disappointment felt among fans of the previous two films, deemed by the masses …

An Focal’s First Take Club #6 – The Godfather Part 2

“I don’t feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies” The Godfather: Part II is considered one of, if not, the greatest film of all time, and by default, the best sequel of all time. (Apart from A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – Ed)  With the film famously winning Best Picture, much like its …

An Focal’s First Take Club #5 – The Godfather

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” Having never seen The Godfather, I felt my film-fanatic status looked rather illegitimate, so I sought to finally watch the acclaimed 1972 Francis Ford Coppola opus with extremely high expectations. Having earned three Oscars, including Best Picture, and it’s status as one of the most …

What does the next decade hold for art?

“What will art look like in the future?” is an impossible question to answer with accuracy; however when examining the two most significant challenges facing artists today, it can be determined what changes could influence the upcoming decade. One of the main challenges facing artists lies in the curator, who’s particular vision of art leads to their determining of trends …

UL see off Athlone IT to banish relegation fears

Rustlers CUFL Men’s Premier Division South University of Limerick 3-1 Athlone IT UL recorded a vital win over Athlone IT on Wednesday, November 13th, to banish their relegation worries and lifted them into contention to reach the quarter-final stage of the competition. The visitors got off to a dream start when their first attack resulted in a goal. A long …

The most essential winter dramas

Even the most sceptical festive trolls can’t deny the elusive appeal of watching a vibrant period drama as the temperatures plummet and the black nights seem endless. I feel most of the classic Christmas films are overworked, often sickly sweet and serving as more of American technicolour propaganda against gaudy excessive suburbs with a sickening overdose of cheesy family ordinated …