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Movie showing Dublin's dark underbelly up for festival gongs

A movie depicting Dublin's violent drugs underworld is one of the leading contenders at a new independent film festival.

The film, No Justice, has received nominations in four categories in the first Underground Cinema Short Irish Film Festival.

The festival is being held at the IMC cinema in Dun Laoghaire on September 16 and 17 followed by the awards ceremony at Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel in Killiney on September 18.

No Justice features blues musician Don Baker in the lead role of the father of an innocent young man murdered by a Dublin drugs gang. Baker's character embarked on revenge with tragic consequences.

The movie is one of five nominees in the Best Independent Film category and has received a Best Director nomination for its joint directors, Alan Walsh and Mario Bortas.

A few years ago, Alan Walsh received a best director awards for another film, What If, in which two renowned directors appeared in cameo roles -- John Boorman and Jim Sheridan.



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"We're delighted with the nominations and hope to do well. We are hoping RTE will be able to screen No Justice at some stage," said Alan Walsh.

"It deals with the very hard subject of drugs violence in Dublin. The problem isn't getting any better and people continue to be killed," he said.

Festival spokesman David Byrne indicated that the new festival for short Irish movies has been welcomed by the industry here, as a showcase for Irish talent at a time of decreasing funds for the arts.

The Underground Cinema festival was launched by the Blue Moon Theatre Company.

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