Ignatius – A thought provoking short!

Hidden domestic violence is difficult subject for a short (10 minute) film but this one hits the spot. Not exactly pleasant viewing except to admire the film-maker’s craft at work with zero budget and a cast drawn from the local drama group. “Ignatius” is a faultless production written and directed by Enniscorthy man, Fintan Kelly, and shot on location in the town. Hopefully, the success of the film will lead to greater things.

“Vivarium” at the Dublin International Film Festival

Sci-Fi fans may enjoy Lorcan Finnegan’s “Vivarium” which premiers at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival this February. Without giving too much away – a young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighbourhood of identical houses – sounds like Ballinteer!

The trailer contains spoilers/all the best bits but if you must here it is.

Last Rites for “The Last Right”

I’ve only seen the trailer – below – but it’s more than enough to put me off wasting my money on going to see this film in the cinema and I’ll wait for the DVD to turn up in a charity shop. So many questions such as – How do these movies ever raise the finance to get made, and why do quality actors the like of Jim Norton and Colm Meaney get involved? A look at the Writer/Director, Aoife Crehan’s previous credits on IMDB is illuminating.

Dark Lies the Island – in cinemas from 27th September 2019

Not much to be said about this but the trailer looks promising, and almost anything with Pat Shortt is worth a gander. Now all I need is for our local cinema to reopen but I’ll probably have to make do with the DVD instead!

Extra Ordinary (2019) – Can it be as bad as the trailer?

Where do people manage to find funding for rubbish like this?

Directorial debut for Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, starring Maeve Higgins and Will Forte plus a motley crew of lesser known Irish stars including Barry Ward, Claudia O’Doherty, Jamie Beamish, Risteard Cooper, Mary McEvoy and Alison Spittle.  Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 13/7/2019.

New Irish Horror Movie – “The Hole in the Ground”

“The Hole in the Ground” a new Irish Horror Movie and first full-length feature from Director, Lee Cronin, goes on general release in Ireland on March 1st and should be worth a look if the trailer is anything to go by.

Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill (Seána Kerslake) is building a new life on the fringes of a rural town with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey). A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home.

New Irish made Sci-Fi on Netflix from 1st February

A crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.

Filmed at the new Troy Studios in County Limerick.

New BBC Irish Drama – Death and Nightingales

A new 3-part mini series hits BBC 2 and RTE screens on Monday 26th November, 2018.

Set over a desperately tense 24-hour period, it’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 23rd birthday – the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan) and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys). As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, Death and Nightingales is a powerful and gripping drama that follows a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart.

Has to be better than the trailer and the BBC are noted for their period dramas.

New RTE Crime Drama “Taken Down” starts Sunday 4th November 2018

New Irish crime drama set in Dublin.

Esme, a young Nigerian girl is found dead at a bus stop opening an investigation into her death. This leads Inspector Jen Rooney and her team of detectives to a nearby centre where asylum-seekers are housed and processed. The shaken residents there are reluctant to talk to anyone. Many are terrified of deportation; many are just frightened of the police.

We follow the team of detectives as they discover the world where refugees exist, and we see the unfolding impact their investigation has on fragile lives.

Some of the refugees find themselves under suspicion in surprising ways. Others have traumas from their past unearthed by the police attention with tragic consequences. The interventions of the centre’s manager also become increasingly sinister.

When Flora, another young Nigerian girl from the same detention centre, is reported missing the police wonder if there is a connection and if they have stumbled upon even more crimes in progress. It becomes a race against time for the investigative team to find Flora, which leads them into a world of trafficking and prostitution. When the police discover a brothel in the middle of the city that is connected to both Esme and Flora, they find that their moves are being countered by a cunning gang operating the brothel.

As the detectives enter this murky underworld they find their personal and professional lives pushed to the limits as they do all they can to find out who killed Esme and to rescue Flora before she suffers a horrific fate. RTE.

“The Lads” – new Indie movie – at selected cinemas for one week this September.

As a fan of low budget movies this one recently caught my eye and at just €252.76 they don’t come much lower. It was made by a group of friends from Arklow, County Wicklow and premiered last September at he Reel Film Festival in Cork. More here: “The Lads Movie”

Described as “Love/Hate meets Dumb and Dumber” it’s in the Dark Comedy/Thriller genre. While it’s hard to make much out from the trailer below it’s surely worth the price of admission? So, for one week starting on September 21st the movie can be see at Omniplex cinemas in Rathmines, Cork, Limerick and Arklow.