A woman accompanies a short-tempered medium to an isolated house. They lock themselves in for a number of weeks for a rite aimed at opening the door to the world beyond the grave. She is devastated by the death of her son but seems to be hiding her true motivation. Apart from being a claustrophobic fantastic film, A Dark Song is a unique study and owes much to its acting duo Steve Oram and Susan Loughnane, its steadfastly realistic tone and the slow build-up of fear. The main character, who is in mourning, submits to a long and particularly distressing ritual. The result of this drawn-out process is that the next world becomes real, palpable and ultimately terrifying for the audience.

18 Sept. – Liam Gavin, director, in attendance


Country: Ireland

Year: 2016

Runtime: 1hr39

Language: in English, subtitled in French

Rating: 12+

Cast & Credits

Director: Liam Gavin

Producers: David Collins, Cormac Fox

Scenario: Liam Gavin

Cinematographer: Cathal Watters

Editor: Anna Maria O’Flanagan

Music: Ray Harmann

Actors: Steve Oram, Catherine Walker, Susan Loughnane