Movies at Home

Movies at Home-System Crasher

Dunamaise Cinema Wednesday Screenings available ONLINE!

Supporting Independent Cinema with Our Next Cultural Film at Home



Directed by Nora Fingscheidt / Germany | 2019 | Subtitles



STORYLINE: She is rebellious, she is aggressive and unpredictable. Benni’s real name is Bernadette. But just see what happens when anyone calls her that! Foster families, living groups, a special needs school: Benni has already been through it all and is kicked out wherever she goes. The outwardly delicate nine-year-old is already what the youth welfare office refers to as a “system crasher.” But this doesn’t matter to Benni, since she has only one goal: to live at home with her mom again! But Bianca is scared of her own daughter.


WHY WATCH?: While being acutely authentic, first-time director Nora Fingscheidt, System Crasher transcends a psychological study and crafts vibrant, visceral and emotional cinema, which evokes unforgettable performances.


“...a thoughtful and compassionate portrait of one child's trauma and anger, featuring an enigmatic Helena Zengel in the lead role.” (Rotten Tomatoes) 


"A grisly, gripping watch." (The Guardian)


WHEN?: We’d love our Dunamaise Cinema family to all watch this together on Wednesday 6 May 2020 at 8pm but we understand that our schedules may not allow this, which is why the film can be downloaded and will be available to watch within your own time for 1 week! If you can’t download tonight, don’t worry you’ll still be able to rent the movie for a little while more.

***Don't forget that by downloading this film and entering 'Access Cinema-Dunamaise Arts Centre' into the drop down menu we will receive a percentage of the rental fee and is an enormous support to us! 



*Terms and conditions apply; rentals are valid for a period of 1 week after download.



•             Your support now, will help both Dunamaise Arts Centre AND the Independent Film industry to survive.

•             You receive access to new films, even earlier than if cinemas were open.

•             You receive access to a selection of specially selected, highly acclaimed or award-winning films.

•             You are part of a unique group of people who share a common goal - supporting and enjoying an art form that brings so much joy to all!

We really appreciate you taking the time to consider this and we hope you can help us out and at the same time enjoy some riveting films that we believe will enthral!

Stream at Home Cinema

Dunamaise Cinema Wednesday Screenings available ONLINE!


Supporting Independent Cinema with Our Next Cultural Film@Home

GREAT NEWS as we bring you details of our next film - an Irish one, with a special discount of €2 for all Dunamaise supporters when you use the code DUNAMAISE

Our second shared online film screening is: WHEN ALL IS RUIN ONCE AGAIN on Wednesday 29 April at 8pm

The recipient of various awards including 'Best Cinematography' at the Galway Film Festival, the critics are saying this is a "work of art"!

See below for all the details and the discount code. *Terms and conditions apply; rentals are valid for a 48-hour period.


Director: Keith Walsh | Producer: Jill Beardsworth

A film about rural life in the midst of great local, national and global change ***** 5 Stars

A new motorway ploughs through a community in the west of Ireland, a glaring symbol of our modern age. Over a period of 7 years, the film weaves an epic tapestry of reflections from bog-lands, fire-sides, race tracks and hurling pitches; all while the country is hit by the worst economic crisis it has ever faced and the realisation that we are living unsustainably slowly dawns....all to the soundtrack of the words of the area's former native W.B. Yeats. This award winning film exists somewhere between classic ethnography, abstract poetry and a clarion call for the age we live in.


Online Screenings

Dunamaise Cinema Wednesday Screenings available ONLINE!


Enjoy the Latest Cultural Films at Home & Support Dunamaise Cinema & Independent Film makers!

GREAT NEWS... although at home and apart, we want to be here for you and have partnered with our film distributor access>CINEMA and Modern Films to bring you highly-acclaimed and award-winning films that have just been released, to watch in your own home! It's simple, we present a newly released film, which can be rented for 48hours. This is an important development because it supports the independent film industry and it supports us at Dunamaise Arts Centre as a champion of independent cinema!

To choose Dunamaise Arts Centre as your cinema champion simply select us from the drop-down menu when purchasing this movie rental here.

Our first shared online film screening is:
THE PERFECT CANDIDATE on Monday 20 April at 8pm*

A brand new film from director Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda), which is a tale of one woman's quest in Saudi Arabia to challenge not only the system but also herself.

Originally we had planned to share this movie on our big screen in the coming weeks, but we are so happy that access>CINEMA have enabled us to have our very own online experience with our film lovers.

More details of the film at:

Buy the film rental here:

*Terms and conditions apply; rentals are only valid for a 48-hour period after purchase


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