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Following last month’s powerful documentary The Camino Voyage, the Greystones Film Club have just announced both their upcoming New Cinema and their Kids Secret Cinema screenings.

And with its 15th anniversary hitting this year, it’s one of Ireland’s finest ever films in the former, whilst, in the latter, it’s the surprise winner of this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar.

Unquestionably our finest homegrown movie since the turn of the century, and arguably one of the greatest Irish movies of all time, Adam & Paul is getting a special 15th anniversary screening at The Whale on May 15th. Which is a jump from the original date.

Organised by the Greystones Film Club, this darkly comic film manages to be an intoxicating combination of Midnight Cowboy and Waiting For Godot.

In other words, Adam & Paul performs that incredible balancing act between tragedy and comedy, between a grand day out and a long day’s journey into night.

Set on the mean streets of Dublin over just one day, we join the eponymous pair of down-and-just-about-out buddies as they go in search of a little tender, loving fix. Running to stand still, along the way, they encounter some wary old friends and some sinister old enemies, the lives they could have led occasionally flashing before their bleary eyes.

In something of a coup, the film’s writer and co-star, Mark O’Halloran, will be attending this special screening on Wednesday, May 15th, at 8pm. The man who also gave us Garage, Prosperity, Viva, Citizen Lane and the upcoming Rialto will take part in a 20-minute post-screening interview.

Playing in support, we have the freshly-minted Young Filmmaker Of The Year, Sean Treacy, and his latest short, Rue, starring the bould Lennon lad. So, quite a night for €10. And that comes with free freshly-popped popcorn too.

When it came to reading out the winner of this year’s Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, everyone present assumed it was going to be either Mamoru Hosada’s Mirai or Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2.

Failing that, Disney might grab yet another gong for Ralph Breaks The Internet. Or maybe the quirky Wes Anderson was about to be crowned again, for his stop-motion oddity, Isle Of Dogs?

In the end, the name called out was Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (USA/PG/119mins), and directors Rob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman were clearly just as shocked as everybody else in the room.

Everyone present was also just as delighted too, this inventive, infectious and somewhat innovative comic-book feature breaking through quite a few third walls as it followed teenager Miles Morales becoming Spider-Man in his own reality, and then bumping into five counterparts swinging from tall buildings in their realities.

It’s a mindbending, head-spinning and rib-tickling two-hour thrill ride, and one that really needs to be seen on the big screen. Which is why the Greystones Film Club have put aside a Sunday afternoon at The Whale for the good boys and girls of the town, so they can get their high-flyin’ kicks. And then head to bed with wild dreams of saving the world

The pretty-much-perfect Adam & Paul will screen at The Whale on Wednesday, April 17th, at 8pm, whilst Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will light up that big screen on Sunday, May 12th, at 4pm. Your €10 golden ticket comes with a free adult popcorn, or a kids’ snackbox [with freshly-popped popcorn, sweets and a drink].

Dang it! For a second time, we’ve had to postpone Adam & Paul. Hopefully it’ll happen in September. In the meantime, sign up – for free – to the Greystones Film Club here.

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