Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland has launched its slate of over 40 film, TV drama, documentary and animation projects coming to audiences this year.

The 2024 production slate, which was announced on January 24, includes 20 feature films, 8 TV dramas, 7 animated series, 10 documentaries, 3 RTÉ Storyland projects and 31 short films. 

This year's highlights include "Small Things Like These" starring Cillian Murphy, TV thriller "The Boy That Never Was," and "Bring Them Down," starring Barry Keoghan.

The feature film adaptation of Claire Keegan’s award-winning novel, "Small Things Like These," written by Enda Walsh and directed by Tim Mielants, stars Cillian Murphy and Eileen Walsh. It was announced as the first Irish feature film selected as the Opening Film for the prestigious Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival), and will receive its World Premiere there on Thursday, February 15. The film is produced by Alan Moloney and Cillian Murphy for Big Things Films. 

"I’m delighted for 'Small Things Like These' to be part of the Screen Ireland Slate for 2024," said Murphy.

"Working on this film with director Tim Mielants and screenwriter Enda Walsh – as well as the film’s outstanding cast and crew in Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin – was an incredible experience. It’s a wonderful time for Irish filmmaking, and I’m proud to be part of putting Irish stories on the screen that tell us about ourselves: our past and present.” 

Other film highlights include crime thriller  "Bring Them Down, starring Barry Keoghan; the Irish language film "Kneecap," which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival; European co-production "The End," the latest project from acclaimed director Joshua Oppenheimer; and Darren Thornton’s Irish drama "Four Mothers," starring Fionnuala Flanagan

"I can’t wait for audiences to see 'Bring Them Down' very soon, and delighted the film is part of the Screen Ireland slate. It’s an amazing time to be telling Irish stories," said Keoghan.

"Being able to shoot at home with an Irish crew - who are some of the best in the world - is always incredibly special to me. I’m so proud to see how many new filmmakers and actors are coming out of Ireland, ready to take on the world.” 

Barry Keoghan. Credit: Getty Images

Barry Keoghan. Credit: Getty Images

In Irish TV drama, there are eight new upcoming Screen Ireland-supported series this year with RTÉ Virgin Media, TG4 and a range of international broadcasters. These include; "The Boy That Never Was," a thriller directed by Hannah Quinn, adapted from Karen Perry’s novel by crime author and screenwriter Jo Spain, and coming soon to RTÉ; "The Hardacres" a period drama with Channel 5; and the return of a new season of comedy/drama "The Dry" for RTÉ and ITV. 

Screen Ireland' 2024 animated projects including "Maddie + Triggs," "Doodle Girl," and the interactive multi-platform project "Where The Wild Geese Go."

Irish documentary will also see a range of stories, from the tongue-in-cheek "Housewife of the Year" to true crime investigation from Charlie Bird, "Ransom ’79."

Screen Ireland’s 2024 production slate also features new voices and first-time filmmakers, with several directorial debuts in feature film  including Claire Frances Byrne’s "Ready or Not," Brian Durnin’s "Spilt Milk," Brendan Canty’s "Christy", and Eva Birthistle’s "Kathleen Is Here."

You can read more about the  2024 Screen Ireland slate here.