Beware this Halloween for the door between the living and the dead is opening for a night of unspeakable glamour. The beautiful and the damned will rise again for Film Fatale’s Danse Macabre, Ireland’s most decadent Halloween party.
For one night only, the 17th century halls of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham becomes a haunted house with a touch of the cirque du freak. Beware of the strange and unusual. Our fiendish fan dancers, frightful Follies and avante garde performers will haunt the stage for the Danse Macabre show. Our aerialists will tease on the trapeze. There will be terrible beauties and blood-soaked burlesque.
Take part in our Thriller dance class and join our Thriller dance-off later in the night. Sit in our silent cinema but beware the lurker! Flaunt yourself on our midnight procession as our twisted collective of performers prance and dance around the 17th century courtyard. Cavort from room to room and try not to be caught by the Brides of Dracula! Play old carnival and Halloween games. And don’t forget to stop by Madam Mim’s fortune booth.
In the great hall, you can dance like the devil to live old-meets-new vintage fusion, red hot jazz and the brasstastic Stomptown Brass. Sacrifice yourself at the alter in the gothic chapel, where you can dance for your soul to the Monster Mash, Thriller and your favourite music of the dead and the damned.
This is vintage-themed event and strictly fancy-dress. It is a night for the surrealists, the ghosts of Weimar, the masqueraders, the gothic goddesses, the vamps, the femme fatales, the steampunk princes, the vintage queens, the retro kings, the flappers, gangsters, the beautiful and the damned, the fantasists and the other-worldly.
Join in the spectacle and make sure that you look devilishly handsome. However you come, we want you to look frightfully good.
Film Fatale presents: Danse Macabre
Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Dublin
October 28th. 8pm
“The most fun you can have in a theatre. Film Fatale fuse Cabaret with all the sparkle, energy, fun and spectacle of their parties!”
Film Fatale is back in the Dublin Fringe Festival!
C’est finit! Auf wiedersehen! The Theatre Royale is to close. It is the end of the era of cabaret and vaudeville. Performers give one last show. Each star makes their final appearance- the act they always wished they could do. Ribald, racy, compelling hilarious. Closing Night is a narrative variety show that pays tribute to the performers of this magical era. Hosted by cabaret superstar Dusty Limits, it’s cabaret with sparkle, energy and originality. This is the most fun you can have in a theatre.
September 15th and 16th
Liberty Hall Theatre
Tickets €24 inc booking fee
“In his blue gardens, men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
It is one of Europe’s biggest vintage parties. Now Film Fatale’s Prohibition returns with the annual 1920s summer party, Gatsby’s Mansion, at the glorious gardens and great hall of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Reimagine the world of F Scott Fitzgerald for one night only as IMMA is transformed into the epitome of 1920s glamour and decadence — Jay Gatsby’s summer mansion. So pop that bottle of bubbles and fix your braces old sport and join us in bringing the greatest party in all of literature to life.
Arrive in style to the outdoor-indoor ritzy Roaring Twenties Summer party. Gatsby’s chauffeur will meet you at the gate and bring you to the manicured lawns for G&Ts, bowls, croquet and a bit of Charleston in the sunshine before heading indoors for the cat’s meow of summer parties.
Inside Gatsby’s majestic mansion, the 1920s is in full swing. The giggle juice is flowing, bottles of bubbles are popping, dresses shimmer and sparkle, top hats are tipped, fan dancers dazzle and the Film Fatale Follies — the epitome of 1920s glamour — are blazing the stage.
This is strictly a 1920s/1930s event — the moll at the door won’t let you in if you ain’t dressed in vintage style, so put on your vintage glad rags and flaunt your inner Daisy Buchanan or Jay Gatsby, or come as a gangster or flapper.
Can’t repeat the past? Why of course we can!
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Film Fatale’s vintage cinema is back! Ladies, daub that scarlet lipstick. Men, don your mac and fedora. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of musicals, femme fatales, detectives, starlets and heroes. Experience your favourite classic films the way they were meant to be seen on the big screen in their original setting — a vintage cinema set up with usherettes, original trailers and red carpets.
On Saturday the 22nd July, Film Fatale returns to Dublin’s Sugar Club with a screening of Bette Davis’ finest performance in the superb All About Eve. Davis shines in her greatest role as veteran actress Margo Channing whose hard-edged personality and experience goes up against the wiles of a younger actress — powerhouse versus ingenue, age versus beauty. Joseph L Mankiewicz’s Oscar-winning drama is one of the greatest films about Hollywood, women, acting, ageing and good old-fashioned rivalry.
The real fun begins when the closing credits roll. Stick around for the Fabulous Fifties Party, with live performances and Film Fatale’s resident DJs, The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers playing music from the film’s era. This is Ireland’s most glamorous film night so join us and help set the scene by dressing in your vintage finest, paying homage to 1950s glamour or emulating the characters from the film.
Make a trip to the cinema as magical as the movies on the screen. Fill yourself with popcorn and cocktails, watch a rip-roaring Hollywood rollercoaster of a drama and be transported back to the 1950s for a night of film, vintage fashion, dancing and good old-fashioned fun.
July 22nd 8pm-late
The Sugar Club
Film Fatale, creator of some of Europe’s largest vintage parties, returns with its most extravagant event yet: Masquerade at the RDS. Reimagine the great masked balls of film and literature for one night only as the RDS concert hall is transformed into the epitome of vintage glamour and decadence — the masquerade ball. Pop that bottle of bubbles, don your mask and join us in bringing the greatest themed party in history to life.
Inside the grand hall, the Masquerade ball is in full swing. Bottles of bubbles are popping, dresses shimmer and sparkle, top hats are tipped, cancan dancers are bouncing, fan dancers dazzling and the spectacular Film Fatale Follies are lighting up the stage. Revel in the spectacle. Watch our porcelain-faced ballerinas, flying-swan princesses, troubadours and a unicorn princess, or spin around the dance floor to the strings of the La Fete Quartet at Duchess Spitfire’s dance class.
A fusion of old and new and an up-beat mix of your favourite vintage dance-floor fillers, and modern-era songs with a bygone-era twist, awaits you as we celebrate the most decadent eras in history — from Marie Antoinette to the 80s New Romantics. Hit the dance floor for dance-your-frock-off tunes from the Film Fatale orchestra — combining swing and strings — to play your favourite dance floor hits from Ellington to the Eurythmics. Dance like no one’s watching to Ireland’s most intentionally acclaimed brass band, Booka Brass. Then immerse yourself in the music as retro DJs the Andrews Sisters’ Brothers take to the stage with their troupe of dancers.
This extravaganza has a dress code, so strictly face-masks and your fanciest or wildest attire. Masquerade is for the vintage queens, the retro kings, the counts and courtesans, the flappers, the disco divas, the bold and beautiful, the fantasists and the other-worldly. Join us and party with wanton abandonment because for one night only, you can be whoever you want.
Masks and your fanciest attire. Fantasy dress and carnival-themed attire welcomed.
RDS Concert Hall
Over 30 classic movies, 10,000 vintage songs, 100 conga lines, 20,000 cocktails, 8,000 pearl necklaces, 3,000 bow-ties and thousands of glamorous guys and gals in their vintage finest. Since its inception, Film Fatale has been bringing to life the great parties of the past and now we are celebrating our sixth birthday.
To celebrate, Film Fatale will host a birthday extravaganza in one of Dublin city’s most unique locations — Number 22, a new late-night super club located on the site of McGonagles and the Crystal Ballroom. This will be a red-carpet screening of the world’s most beloved war-time drama, Casablanca that will transport the audience back in time to the iconic Rick’s Cafe Americain.
Join in with the battle of the national anthems and get swept up by the greatest romance of all time. Casablanca is an ageless film that gets better with every viewing and there is no better way to watch it than in our own version of Rick’s Bar.
Watch the movie with a three-course à la carte meal (optional) and table service. Then swing-dance to live music from the Tin Pan Alley Cats and jitterbug to DJs The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers favourite dance floor fillers of the era.
We all know the story of Casablanca. Boy meets girl, girl leaves boy and several years later she walks into his gin joint in WWII Morocco Iooking for safe transport for herself and her resistance leader husband. With the Nazis hot on their trail, her only hope is her old love. Humphrey Bogart stars as Rick Blaine an American expatriate and war profiteer who runs Rick’s Cafe. Ingrid Bergman stars as Ilsa, a woman torn between an old love and her heroic husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). All give outstanding performances and do justice to some of the finest dialogue in movie history.
Help set the scene by dressing up in your finest vintage or vintage style attire, pay homage to 1940s wartime heroes and sweethearts or mirror the stars of the film.
Embrace vintage, fashion, music and good old fashioned fun, drink classic cocktails and join in the conga line in our own “Rick’s Cafe Americain”.
Number Twenty Two
South Anne Street