Young Critics

About us:

Young Critics is a youth-led programme for budding Irish film critics between the ages of 18-25 who simply love film. 

Young Irish Film Makers is dedicated to supporting the next generation of creatives. During the programme, our writers get the chance to analyse and discuss film, platform their writing, attend film festivals and join a fun, creative community where they can hone their critical abilities. 

What it involves:

  • Writing workshops lead by renowned critics
  • Attending festivals, panels and industry events
  • Having reviews published on film festival websites
  • Weekly online chats about film
  • Producing a Young Critics podcast about all things film

What do young people say about the programme?

“YoungCritics helped me not only create ideas but develop them in a professional manner, I’ve loved every minute of being a part of the YC!” – Pia

“…. I myself am very shy, and there’s room for people who are shy to edit podcasts, help with social media promotion and just having a group of like minded people to be around” Patrick

“I’ve gained such great experience in my role , facilitating film discussions and  organising  events and activities. It’s been a joy to be a part of such a lovely community.” Colum Culleton – member turned Project Coordinator

“Working with the Young Critics has given me the opportunity to create content about something I’m passionate about with incredibly talented people from all over the country.” Alannah Brent – member turned  Project Coordinator

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Brain Waves

Brain Waves - Review by A N Other

"Brain Waves" is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant film that delves into the complexities of perception and reality through the eyes of its young protagonist, Emily. Directed by Sarah Mitchell, the movie offers a unique blend of psychological drama and science fiction, exploring the power of the mind in a captivating narrative. The story centers around Emily, a teenage girl who begins to believe that her thoughts have the power to control the world around her. This belief takes root after a series of seemingly coincidental events that align with her inner desires and fears. As Emily's conviction grows stronger, her thoughts manifest in increasingly dramatic and sometimes dangerous ways, blurring the line between reality and imagination. The film's strength lies in its compelling character development and the nuanced performance by its lead actress, Lily Thompson. Thompson masterfully portrays Emily's journey from an ordinary teenager to someone grappling with extraordinary mental abilities. Her performance is both vulnerable and powerful, capturing the essence of a young girl overwhelmed by the burden of her perceived omnipotence. The screenplay, penned by Mitchell herself, is tightly woven, balancing moments of intense psychological tension with poignant, introspective scenes. The narrative keeps the audience on edge, constantly questioning the nature of Emily's powers. Is she truly controlling reality, or is it all a figment of her imagination? This ambiguity is maintained skillfully throughout the film, keeping viewers engaged and reflective. Visually, "Brain Waves" is stunning. The cinematography by Javier Gomez employs a palette of vibrant and muted tones to represent the duality of Emily's inner and outer worlds. The use of visual effects is sparing but effective, adding a layer of surrealism that enhances the story without overshadowing the characters. The film’s score, composed by Aisha Khan, complements the visuals perfectly, with haunting melodies that underscore the emotional depth of Emily's journey. While "Brain Waves" excels in many areas, it does have its shortcomings. Some secondary characters feel underdeveloped, their motivations and backstories left unexplored in the shadow of Emily’s dominant narrative. Additionally, the film's pacing occasionally falters, with certain scenes dragging slightly, which can momentarily disrupt the immersive experience. Overall, "Brain Waves" is a mesmerizing exploration of the power of the human mind. It challenges viewers to ponder the nature of reality and the impact of our thoughts on the world around us. Sarah Mitchell’s direction, combined with Lily Thompson’s standout performance, makes this film a memorable and thought-provoking watch. It’s a journey into the mind that leaves a lasting impression, urging us to reflect on the boundaries between thought and reality.

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