Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We've Moved!

Check it out. We have a new blog.

More coming for this site soon.

From now on all information will be found on this site.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


The next New Volta Film Club screening will be September 7th (Bewley's, Grafton Street) and devotees should notice that next month will mark our first year anniversary!

That's one whole year of films and animation seen and made by you all who have made this club successful by merely being there.

We're hoping to make something of this special night ahead of us so if you have anything that you would like to be shown please contact us at as soon as possible.

More news when it comes. Can't wait to see you there!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Le Cool write up

This month a write up about Volta in online magazine 'Le Cool':

New Volta Film Club

Since beginning its monthly residence in Bewley’s Cafe last September, New Volta Film Club has provided ample evidence of a new generation of young Irish Film-makers unwilling to let a lack of funding hinder their craft. Showcasing an eclectic pick’n’mix of new Irish shorts and animations, the events provide young filmmakers with an audience for their work and an opportunity to interact with like-minded individuals that share their passion. Also welcome are those, like me, who can barely figure out the ‘video’ function on a digital camera. Among this months screenings are ‘Lost Cause’ by Emmet Driver, which follows survivors of an apocalyptic deluge, 'Tethered' by David Boyle, about the perils of young love, as well as the second and third installments of Seamus Hanly’s arty oddity ‘Lonely Days’. / Joey Kavanagh

April Poster

Design by Seamus Hanly...

April Volta

In the line up so far...

Diarmaid Hanly

St.Patrick has had enough.

Willy Wonka's Dippy Doo
Diarmaid Hanly

A poor boy wins the oppurtunity to tour the most egocentric and wonderful randy factory of all. It's everybody's pollutionary, anti-constitutionary, pro -infectionery factory of funk!

Craic Whores
George Kane

On their last night in Toronto, two Irish lads mingle at a Parkdale flat party while their other Irish mate struggles to find the venue. Canadian/Irish relations are damaged in a night of sex, alcohol, Gaeilge, bad breakdancing and strained conversation.

Craic Whores II
The Ballad of Slutmagic
George Kane

In the year and a half since the party, Canadians Bowman and Sandra have formed an anti-folk style band. In Dublin for their first Irish gig, they are reunited with the Irish lads, and things start going downhill in an oddly familiar fashion.

Lonely Days #1
Seamus Hanly

An unexpected encounter causes some unexpected
consequences with Seamus Hanly and Breffni O'Sullivan.

Lonely Days #2
Seamus Hanly

An awkward moment at breakfast with Seamus Hanly and Bob Gallagher.

Lonely Days #3
Seamus Hanly

A commute conflict with Seamus Hanly.

Lost Cause
Emmet Driver

A rising sea level and torrential flooding has devastated Ireland. Cillian is among a few survivors. When he runs out of petrol, and gives himself food poisoning. His life is on the line. Can he survive?

Dave Boyle

A young couple have to cope with unexpected complications in their relationship.

Demon Hunter
Zoey Kavanagh

Taryn Barker has lost everything. Her sister has been murdered. When Taryn is drawn to a mental assylum to investigate another death she finds a necklace that reminds her of one she had given her sister and realizes that the two my be linked. Taryn journeys to the darkest corners of the assylum, fighting any evil that gets in her way.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

So you like short films...

These folks from the Filmmakers Network are organizing screenings on the 6th of March. The shorts program includes Aaron O'Reilly's 'Circus Porcelina' and Emmet Vincent's 'Before I Die', which have both screened at New Volta. If you're free on Saturday it would be great to see them supported at this event.

Following on from the success of the Galway Fringe Fleadh June 2009, presents Dublin’s first Film Fringe Festival on 6th March 2010, the Dublin Film Fringe.

The Dublin Film Fringe festival aims to focus on exciting new shorts from Irish filmmakers as well as showcasing classic or unseen shorts from established directors. The festival will take place in sites across the city and we aim to host talks by directors, as well films screened in unusual and diverse locations.

“The Dublin Film Fringe is an opportunity for audiences in the capital to see some of the best shorts from emerging Irish filmmakers,” says Jason Butler from “The theme of our mini-festival is ‘D.I.Y.’ We’ll showcase films and filmmakers that display the invention, ingenuity and raw energy required when working independently.” is an Irish networking space for people who want to make films. For everyone from novices to busy professionals, it’s a place to make contacts, share opinions, discuss movies, contribute ideas, discover talent, build creative relationships and make films. It’s a not-for-profit initiative and as Ireland’s largest filmmaking community currently boasts over 1500 active members.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March Poster

This months poster by Mr. Seamus Hanly

March Volta

In the line up this month...

Mashed Potatoes, a Retrospective Aprés Les
Helena Ní Chonchuir

Mashed Potatoes, a Retrospective is video piece inspired by a poem written by Leslie Cullinan. It is a humourous examination of the origin of an everyday staple food that has come from the ground, potatoes too forget their roots.

A Fishy Tale
Helena Ní Chonchuir

This video was part of my Graduate Show at NCAD 2007. It was chosen for ‘Launch’, an awards programme for recent graduates, curated by Mark Garry, and Four Gallery, Dublin.

Paul Dodd

Three small time career criminals who are fresh off a robbery are making their getaway. As the three make their way North both passengers, in a prearranged plan, turn on the driver in an attempt to getaway safely, ditch him and take the money.

Paul Dodd

Re-imagining of the classic beastie boys track sabotage. Started out a simple Halloween costume idea but we decided to make a video. There is a slight behind the scenes extra at the end where the actual Garda pulled us over in full 80's cop gear!

Bad Clamp
Sean Hunt

On an empty train carriage, barreling its way through a city at night, two seats clamps awake, and decide they've had enough of each other...

Paudie Baggott

A girl finds herself, under unknown circumstances, in a pitch black room. Her dying mobile phone the only source of light. No coverage. No idea where she is. With a feeling that she's not alone.

Amanda's Tears
Diarmaid Hanly

A rousing experiment in silly looping. Tediously created to compliment a 3 year old piece of music that goes nowhere.

Library Historian
Seamus Hanly, James McDonnell,
Heber Hanly

A history show spoof telling the untold story of a great Roman hero.

Henry & Sunny
Fergal Rock

In a time of unprecedented economic depression, mass unemployment and civil unrest, one group has borne the brunt of society’s scorn – the clowns. Henry & Sunny is the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael. He writes her letters daily yet fear of rejection prevents him from disclosing his return address. Sunny reciprocates Henry’s feelings but is tragically unable to reach him.

The Scanner
Gerard Lough

A science fiction short film with the energy and pace of a music video. An alien uses a strange device to scan an area in search of a hidden craft that will take him home.

The Stolen Wings
Gerard Lough

Fantasy film packed with in camera special effects and striking visuals. A babysitter makes up an elaborate fairytale to keep a little girl amused but is she all she seems?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February Poster

This months poster lovingly designed by Claire Duggan.

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Volta

The line-up this month:

Utter Contempt
Seamus Hanly

An insight into the in depth madness of cabin fever

Matrix Re Somethinged
Seamus Hanly

A superior interpretation of the 90s classic.

Film Jungle
Seamus Hanly

A previously unaired TV show segment.

Eoin's Fortune
Anthony McFadden & Dom Browne

A man wanders through a re-ocurring dream, a gameshow, a birth canal and a bowling alley full of bears.

Ode to Volta
Directed by Helena Ní Chonchuir

This video is about an imaginary meeting between Alessandro Volta and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly.The experiments being carried out by Volta and his contemporaries in the late 17 early 1800's, were the inspiration behind Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

Boy's Don't Get Pregnant
Directed by Brian Dunster
Produced by Seamus Hanly

Dylan, a young boy imagines up being pregnant when his mother miscarries. Thinking he is helping by taking responsibility of the unborn child, Dylan causes tension within the family.

My Afternoon with Harold
Directed by Binne MacManamon
Produced by Jennifer Allen

A lonely man seizes his last chance
at happiness.

In This Winter Sun: A Community of Musicians
Directed by Sean Plunkett

A portrait of Kinvara, a small rural town in the west of Ireland which has become a haven for musicians from all over the world. This film analyses why musicians love Kinvara as well as the problems the town faces in modern Ireland.

The Chronoscope
Directed by Andrew Legge
Produced by Ben Keenan

When a female scientist from Ireland in the late 1930's invents a camera that can see back through time she sparks an international controversy and is kidnapped by the Third Reich who attempt to use her device to verify their race theories. After they condemn her to death she escapes using her ingenuity and disappears from history forever.

Dying on the Street
Luke Sweetman & Matt R. Nicastle

“Dying on the Street” is an eye opening glimpse into the desperate lives of homeless friends, Gary and John, trying to survive without shelter or understanding in Dublin, Winter 2006 as the Celtic Tiger roars by.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Totally Dublin Write Up

Here is a write up from Totally Dublin that we just discovered:

Cinephiles with short attention spans are in for a treat tonight, as the New Volta Film Club returns to the Bewley’s Café Theatre for their third installment. The monthly film sesh has been gathering fans and momentum since September, showcasing new and emerging talent in both film and animation. Among this month’s slew of up’n'comers, Finn Keenan takes his pile of arse drum-kit and ctrl-pastes it into something raucous, some muppets from Inchicore take the young Dublin social scene by storm, and Aaron O’ Reilly plays with the dark spaces created by sexual abuse and regret.

While there’s a definite student feel to some of the productions, that shouldn’t be taken as a by-word for a non-starter. The talent is self-evident, as is the imagination, energy and craftsmanship. Whatever these guys may lack in funding and its professional feel, they more than make up for it through their vibrant and reckless enthusiasm, both from the filmmakers themselves, and in the initiative of New Volta’s organizers. The night is billed as a three hour event, so unless there’s 50+ films for your eyeball enjoyment, you can expect a chance to shoot the breeze with emerging film makers and fans alike, with the ever glamorous allure of a sneaky can of Dutch.