A total sell out in Dublin, The Source Film Club returns (at last!) on Wednesday, October 5th, with Of Gods and Men, a film which has received high praise from critics and the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film concerns a group of eight monks who inhabit a Cistercian monastery in a remote part of Algeria. For decades the brothers have lived symbiotically with the local Muslim community, providing free medical treatment, clothing and advice. In turn, they have been invited to join the villagers religious celebrations. Tales of terrorist activity in nearby towns are regarded with dismay by both communities. Of course all the while the viewer begins to realise that it is only a matter of time before the violence reaches the door of the monastery. For Philip French in The Observer “Of Gods and Men is a profound, immaculately acted movie. Its words are carefully considered, its images eloquent. The subject matter is urgently topical, the themes raised eternal and universal”. Peter Bradshaw, writing in The Guardian gave it five out of five stars and called it a “stunningly passionate and deeply moving film by the French director Xavier Beauvois, based on the kidnapping and murder of monks in Algeria by fundamentalists in 1996”. In Sight and Sound, Catherine Wheatley wrote that “Watching Of Gods and Men, one can’t help but be overwhelmed by it’s raw humanism” and described the film as “a small miracle of a film, offering a genuinely progressive vision of faith”. The film will start at 8 pm, and remember the film club is open to all, you don’t have to be a member, but there are advantages to membership. For more details please phone the box office at 0504 90204.
Does Thurles Have Faith?
Welcome Francis Hardy to the boards of The Source!
Modern plays come no finer than Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (1979), the great masterpiece among his many splendid works.
The life and times of faith healer Francis Hardy as told through the shifting memories of Hardy, his wife, Grace, and stage manager, Teddy. It is funny, profound, spiritual and deeply moving, above all a triumph of the sheer power of telling a story.
Roaming the lands of Scotland and Wales healing the afflicted, Frank leads us on a journey of what it means to believe.
A stunning production from Galway Town Hall, coming to The Source, Thurles, as part of a national tour. This is one not to be missed!
The Faith Healer is at The Source Arts Centre on Wednesday 28th September at 8.00pm.
Picture the scene……bottle of wine or beer, dimmed lights and in the corner of the room a stage awaiting the first comedian of The Source’s new Comedy Club.
For the opening of the new Club in the Café/bar of The Source Arts Centre, Thurles , come and catch unique stand-up star of stage and TV Fred Cooke.
Fred has already contributed to a variety of successful Irish TV shows, both as a writer and performer, including RTE’s Republic of Telly and The Savage Eye, and The Liffey Laughs.
Come and join in the fun and laughter, relax with our Cafe Tapas menu and have a drink don’t miss out on the opening of Tipperary’s new Comedy Club.
Fred Cooke is at The Source Arts Centre on Friday 30th September at 8.00pm.
Contact The Source for more information on all these events.