by David Bolger

HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT delves into the mysteries of the sea – as events of Dublin Bay’s past collide with the present, bringing history to life in a bold, physical short film. 

“Not to be missed” …. WorldFest Houston 







“[It] was made with a gentle playfulness matched with intrigue. It was a light-filled duet with the past, set in a lighthouse on which a moment in history is infused with mystery by dancer Ivonne Lalter and actor Dan Reardon.  A tale of lost letters and paper boats where the sunlit water of Dublin Bay is reflected by the rippling score of Michael Fleming.” The Irish Times 

Click here to listen to David Bolger interviewed on Lyric FM’s Culture File radio programme.


Wednesday, 9 December | 7.00pm
Full programme at:

Sunday, 19 July | 4.00pm

Program 8 | Shorts Program 61m 
Digital Edition, Lincoln Center, New York
Booking at

SCREEN.DANCE Scotland’s Festival of Dance on Screen | Artist Presentation
Saturday 20 June 2020 | 11.00am

A digital presentation by David Bolger followed by a screening of the film. 

20-24 May 2020 | Cancelled and will be screened in 2021

Schull, West Cork

Thursday December 12 2019 | 8.15pm

The Ritzy, Brixton
Booking at

INDIECORK | Festival of Independent Film and Music
Sunday 12 October 2019 | 2.00pm
As part of Irish Shorts: Programme 5
The Gate Cinemas Cork, North Main Street, Cork

Monday 13 October 2019 | 2.00pm
As part of ‘The Camera Dances’
Blacknight Festival Centre at Dali, 13 Carey’s Lane, Cork
Booking at

DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL | A Selection of Shorts | Dance on Film | In association with Light Moves International Festival of Screendance
Monday 13 May 2019 | 7.00pm
Followed by a Q&A with David Bolger

Admission €10 | Booking at
Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs, Essex Street, Dublin 2

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Winner Best Experimental Short & Nominated Best Short of the Season | February 2020 Indie Short Fest | Los Angeles International Film Festival 
Silver Remi Award – 2019 Worldfest Houston


Michael Daniel Reardon
Cora Ivonne Kalter

Written, Directed & Choreographed by David Bolger
Produced by Sarah Latty & Bridget Webster
Director of Photography Russell Gleeson
Editor Róisín O’Donnell
Music Michael Fleming
Costume Sinéad Lawlor
Hair & Makeup Val Sherlock
Set Decoration & Props Dylan Farrell

First Assistant Director Michael Hayes
first Assistant Camera Brían Dungan, Paul Shanahan, Philip Blake
Aerial Camera Aerial Photography Ireland
Sound Mixer Niall O’Sullivan
Post Production Co-Ordinator Maud Ribbens
Assistant Editor Conor Spelman
Dialogue & FX Editor / Re-Recording Mixer Colm Mullally
Colourist Nikos Panteris
Online Editor Alan Sullivan
Graphic Design Alphabet Soup
Location Managers Aaron Kennedy, Paula Tierney
Water Safety Mary Bolger Hinds
Project Arts Centre Electrician John Crudden
Set Installation Manager Marie Tierney
Set Installation Crew Jason Coogans, Gavin Mooney, William Lennon
Production Assistants Caoimhe Griffin-Hayes, Grace Tolan
Catering The Company
Transportation Wheels, Oddie Sherwin, Jason Coogans

Special Thanks to
Siobhan Bourke, Olwen Dawe, Robert McCabe, Clive Welsh

Thank You
Liz Roche Company, Eamonn Fox, Siobhán McDonald, Owen Boss/ANU, Pugs Props, Kate Lennon, Eddie & Jenny Brennan

Filmed on Location in Ireland
Baily Lighthouse, Howth courtesy of Irish Lights and Frank Pelly, Curator and Brendan Carty, Attendant
West Pier, Dún Laoghaire courtesy of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company
Project Arts Centre, Dublin