"Late Afternoon" is now available to stream for free on the Irish Film Institute's IFI Archive Player.
In this delicately rendered animation, Emily, an elderly woman with dementia, vividly relives her memories.
Sitting comfortably in her armchair, Emily (voiced by Fionnula Flanagan) takes a cup of tea and a biscuit when a simple mishap triggers a pleasant journey into the past. She swims through the memories of being a child on a beach, a young woman in a lover’s embrace , and a young mother concerned for her little girl.
Inspired by writer/director Louise Bagnall’s two grandmothers, this is a poignant celebration of ordinary lives.
"Late Afternoon" is part of the IFI's F-Rated: Short Films by Irish Women collection. To view more from the collection, click here.
Having been nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animation Short in 2019, "Late Afternoon" is also part of the IFI's The Oscar® Collection: A Selection of Irish Academy Award® Nominated Short Films.
A complimentary behind-the-scenes video of "Late Afternoon" is also available online here.
About The Oscar® Collection at the Irish Film Institute
A great short film, like a great short story, conjures worlds with clarity and economy, bringing viewers on journeys that are brief but deeply engrossing. Since the 1950s, Irish filmmakers have mastered the short film form and secured international recognition with an impressive array of awards including many Academy Award® nominations and victories. Popularly known as the Oscars, the awards are the most famous and prestigious in the entertainment industry.
This collection brings together a selection of these award-winning films – ghostly tales and pitch-black comedies, illuminating documentaries and exquisite animations – populated by an array of famous folks such as Seán O’Casey, Orson Welles, Fionnula Flanagan, and Brendan Gleeson. The films, directed and written by Irish men and women, date from 1951 to 2018.
The Oscar® Collection: A Selection of Irish Academy Award® Nominated Short Films is drawn from material preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.
This program is supported by the Government of Ireland through the National BCP Network.
"Late Afternoon" is published here with thanks to the Irish Film Institute (IFI), who IrishCentral has partnered up with to bring you a taste of what their remarkable collection entails. You can find all IrishCentral articles and videos from the IFI here.
To watch more historic Irish footage, visit the IFI Archive Player, the Irish Film Institute’s virtual viewing room that provides audiences around the globe free, instant access to Irish heritage preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. Irish Culture from the last century is reflected through documentaries, animation, adverts, amateur footage, feature films, and much more. You can also download the IFI Archive Player App for free on iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.
IrishCentral has partnered up with the IFI to bring you a taste of what their remarkable collections entail. You can find all IrishCentral articles and videos from the IFI here.
* Originally published in 2022, updated in Sept 2023.