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Sheila K. O'Brien Spotlight on U.K./Ireland Cinema

In recognizing the myriad talents and achievements within the U.K. and Ireland film industries, the Sheila K. O’Brien Spotlight is presented annually during the Denver Film Festival. We aim to take a look at the diverse and compelling cinematic works of our country’s closest allies across the Atlantic.



Film Selections

After Love

In-Person & Virtual • uk • Dir. Aleem Khan

Set in the port town of Dover in South East England, Mary Hussain finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband. A day after the burial, she discovers that he had a secret life just twenty-one miles across the English Channel.

Alien On Stage

In-Person & Virtual • uk • Dir. Danielle Kummer, Lucy Harvey

An amateur dramatics group spent a year creating a serious stage adaptation of the film Alien. Though their village-hall show is a crushing flop, fate gives them a second chance to perform their homemade homage in a West End theatre for one night only... with wobbly sets, awkward acting, and special effects requiring "more luck than judgement."


In-person • uk • Dir. Kenneth Branagh

Written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth Branagh, Belfast is a poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s.


In-person • uk • Dir. Andrea Arnold

“This film is an endeavour to consider cows. To move us closer to them. To see both their beauty and the challenge of their lives. Not in a romantic way but in a real way. It’s a film about one dairy cow’s reality and acknowledging her great service to us. When I look at Luma, our cow, I see the whole world in her.”


In-Person & Virtual • uk, portugal • Dir. Ana Rocha de Sousa

When the wellbeing of their deaf daughter is in jeopardy, a struggling Portuguese immigrant couple is forced to defy the British social services and battle tirelessly against the law to keep their family together.

Mothering Sunday

In-person • uk • Dir. Eva Husson

On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend time with her secret lover, Paul (Josh O’Connor), despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

To The Moon

In-Person & Virtual • Ireland • Dir. Tadhg O’Sullivan

Woven from archive, original cinematography, poetry and song, To the Moon steps lightly through our moonlit imagination. Structured as a lunar cycle, the film moves through tales of love, songs of longing, myths of madness, dreams of innocence and the nightmare of colonialism, building to a timely reminder of our fragility beneath the moon's mysterious eye.

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