Upwardly Mobile – Was this RTE’s worst ever comedy series?

Just added this to the site today and never having seen it before decided to watch an episode on YouTube. I had read the scathing reviews but foolishly went ahead – 10 minutes in and I had seen more than enough! Seems to have aired only once and then disappeared into the vaults at Montrose. Just how does rubbish like this get the green light? Judge for yourselves – if you dare – and please do leave comments.

This from Damian Corless in the Irish Independent from October 2006 sums it up – ‘This series about a skanger family that win the lotto and move in beside snooty neighbours, took a classic sitcom set-up and bludgeoned it to death.

“The Journey” in cinemas from the 5th May, 2017

More than I can stomach, but you be the judge of this very fictional account of how Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness brought peace to the island of Ireland.

The trailer looks a bit ropey, but Timothy Spall is well cast as the ‘big‘ man – not so sure about Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness but that’s possibly due his over exposure of late. Still think his best role was as Jimmy “Senior” in “The Commitments” or as Chief O’Brien in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine“.

Redwater to hit RTE screens on May 14th 2017

Never a big fan of soaps – especially Eastenders – I have nonetheless been looking forward to this one as it was largely shot down the road from me in Dunmore East, Co.Waterford.

Redwater tells the story of what happens when EastEnders’ stalwarts Kat and Alfie Moon visit the Kellys and Dolans in the fictional Irish village of Redwater in search of Kat’s long-lost son.

The ‘not a spin-off‘ from Eastenders six-part series stars two of the most likeable stars from the soap – Shane Richie (Alfie) and Jessie Wallace (Kat). According to Richie it’s “Broadchurch meets The Wicker Man“…time will tell and hopefully it will be better than the woeful trailer below. 

“The Flag” in Irish Cinemas 14th October, 2016

As a huge fan of Pat Shortt I was stunned by the trailer for his latest film – “The Flag” – see what you think.

Pat Shortt is a down on his luck Irish builder living in London with a musical past and a broken heart, who returns to Ireland following the death of his father. As he goes through his late dad’s possessions, he stumbles across a letter from his grandfather saying he was the man who raised the Irish flag over the GPO during the 1916 Rising.

The flag – so the letter claims – is now hanging upside down in an English army barracks, and Harry embarks on a mission to find the flag, bring it home, and fly it above the GPO once again for the commemorations of the Rising,

Can the film really be as bad as the trailer would seem to indicate?

The Flag is on general release in Irish cinemas tomorrow (Oct.14th) but on the basis of what I’ve seen I’ll be waiting for the DVD or a Netflix release.

Another chance for you to become an Irish Movie Mogul!

The makers of “Christmas at Draculas” are back with a new black comedy project and you can get in on the action for as little as €10.  Funding for the project is through Fundit.ie and I can recommend it as a bit of harmless fun. I have help to fund a a couple of movies and a book through Fundit.ie. Be sure to check out the link below.

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SALE OF PROPS FROM PENNY DREADFUL TV SERIES – 13th/15th September, 2016

Ashgrove Auctions are holding a three-day sale of Props from the popular “Penny Dreadful” TV series at the Punchestown Pavilion, Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare during September.

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Latest news here: Penny Dreadful Sale

Catalogue available here: catalogue gif

RTE’s “Insurrection” is making a comeback after all!

Back in April last year I pondered the possibility that this 8-part TV series might be resurrected during the “1916 Commemorations” but dismissed the idea – seems I was wrong! The full series is to be televised on RTE One, on consecutive evenings, starting this Friday (18th March) but at the ridiculous time of five minutes to Midnight! Just to confuse matters further it will be 11.10pm on Saturday 19th and five past Midnight on Sunday. Anyway, time to sort out some way of copying it! Hopefully RTE will eventually get round to putting it out on DVD.

Above – a scene from inside the GPO.

Further details here: “Insurrection”

“Stutterer” wins best Live Action Short Film at 2016 Oscar Awards

“Stutterer” a thirteen minute short by Irish Writer/Director Benjamin Cleary picked up an award for the best Live Action Short at last nights Oscar Awards Ceremony. Produced on a micro budget of just €5,000 the film packs a punch well above its budget. Shot in London and also featuring Eric Richard – Sgt.Bob Cryer from “The Bill” TV series.

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More about Benjamin Cleary and his other projects here: www.benjamincleary.net

Traders – at a cinema near you from March 11th.

Traders tells the story of Harry Fox (Killian Scott) who seems to have it all, the luxury apartment, the fancy car but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes (John Bradley) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their banks accounts, sell their assets, put their entire worth in cash into two green sports bags. They travel to a remote location and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and walks away twice as rich. Vernon believes Trading is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get rich quick. Can Harry resist the lure of such a high risk gamble? It’s dangerous, it’s illegal, but it could solve all his problems.

Shot in Co.Dublin.

Written and directed by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy.

Definitely something different, but going by the trailer I’ll wait for the DVD.

Brooklyn – coming to a cinema near you soon!

“Brooklyn” the movie based on the novel by Colm Tóibín and largely shot in the South East – principally in Enniscorthy – is due to hit cinema screens in November. Directed by John Crowley (Intermission and Boy A) and script-written by Nick Hornby, the movie should appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy movies such as “Circle of Friends” and “The Lilac Bus”.

Brooklyn opens in 1950s rural Ireland, where opportunities are scarce, particularly for young women like Eilis Lacey played by rising star – Saoirse Ronan. When given the opportunity to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her mother, sister and home for the first time. The film also stars Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

Much of the film was shot on the street below my sitting room window and my ex. had a part as an extra – so we are all holding our breath to see whether or not she ended up in the movie or the cutting room floor. She’s not in the official trailer below. Enjoy!