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HIC & Leeds Intl Film Festival: THE SILVER BRANCH

21/02/2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

£5 – £7

Hull Independent Cinema & Leeds Int’l Film Festival presents: THE SILVER BRANCH
Katrina Costello, John Brown | 2017 | Ireland | 75 mins | Unrated – 18+ only | Documentary

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A breathtakingly beautiful and emotional documentary which captures the heart and soul of a farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack, who is called to battle in the Irish Supreme Court over the fate of his beloved landscape.

THE SILVER BRANCH Katrina Costello, John Brown | 2017 | Ireland | 75 mins | Unrated – 18+ only


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 & 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.


Leeds International Film Festival

LIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond regular film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports outstanding new talent and established talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK. LIFF considers narrative, documentary and animated films, in feature-length and short formats, and in multiple genres and from all countries.

Founded in 1987 Leeds International Film Festival is renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming. In 2018, LIFF presented a huge variety of exceptional films at over 300 screenings and events at 30 venues over 15 days.

Programme details

Hull Truck Theatre is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room usually open around ten minutes before the performance starts.

7:00pm: Programme starts

9:00pm: Programme ends

The programme runtime includes an allowance for introductions and trailers. This may vary and in some cases the film will begin immediately after a short introduction. While we will endeavour to accommodate latecomers, this may not always be possible. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse entry, without a refund, to anyone arriving after the advertised programme start time.

Tickets terms and conditions

If any tickets remain unsold they can be purchased on the door on the night of the screening, but we strongly advise buying in advance. Advance tickets must be purchased; we cannot reserve tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. We reserve the right to refuse admission, without refund, to anyone arriving after the advertised start time.

If you purchase a membership or student ticket your membership card/student ID MUST be presented along with your ticket on the door when you come to a film. If you do not have your membership card/student ID we reserve the right to charge an additional £1 for your ticket.


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
£5 – £7
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