THE SILVER BRANCH Katrina Costello, John Brown | 2018 | Ireland | 75 mins | Unrated - 18+ only

Hull Independent Cinema and Leeds International Film Festival presents:

Thursday 21 Feburary, 7:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre

Katrina Costello, John Brown | 2018 | Ireland | No cert – 18 | 75 mins

Our season of audience favourites from Leeds International Film Festival continues with more unique films that have never been released in the UK.


Tickets can be purchased in advance exclusively via HULL TRUCK THEATRE

Programme details

Hull Truck Theatre is open all day with a new cafe run by Shoot The Bull, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack?

Doors to the screening room open around ten minutes before the performance starts

7:00pm: Programme starts. Introductions, trailer reel (10-15 mins). Main feature: THE SILVER BRANCH

8:30pm: Programme ends


An uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place, which captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a peasant farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack; and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him. The story is centred around Patrick and the land, The Burren, Western Ireland. A wild place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present-day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills. Patrick longs to farm in the quiet pace his ascendants did. But his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.

Featuring Patrick McCormack, John Joe Conway

Awards and Reviews

Nominee, Best Documentary – Irish Film and Television Awards|
Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Leeds Intl Film Festival Official Selections

“The Silver Branch is an absorbing, brilliant film that should be honoured everywhere prizes are given, for delving delicately and drinking deep at the well of one man’s story, one family’s joy and heartbreak.” – Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ (Ireland)

“The film was five years in the making by director Katrina Costello and, as with the case taken by McCormack and the Burren Action Group members, it is a testament to patience, determination and love of a place.” – Film Ireland Magazine


THE SILVER BRANCH is unrated – 18+ only will be allowed in the theatre.

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