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Updated 15/7/2017

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“Bachelor’s Walk” (2001/03) Comedy. RTE TV mini-series. 3 seasons: 15 episodes.

Simon Delaney, Don Wycherley, Keith McErlean, Marcella Plunkett.

Directors: John Carney, Kieran Carney, Tom Hall.

Filmed on location in Central Dublin.

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Comedy drama based on the lives of three young bachelors who share a house on Dublin’s River Liffey quayside – Bachelor’s Walk. Raymond the film critic; Michael the solicitor; and Barry who is constantly on the look out for get-rich-quick schemes.

Available on VHS and DVD but very difficult to find .

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“Bad Day for the Cut” (2017) (99 mins) Thriller

Nigel O’Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowski, Stuart Graham, Anna Próchniak, David Pearse, Brian Milligan, Lalor Roddy, Frankie McCafferty, Ryan McParland, Shashi Rami, Stella McCusker, Ian McElhinney.

Director: Chris Baugh.

Written by Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin.

Shot in Northern Ireland during April 2016.

Donal, a middle-aged Irish farmer still lives at home his mother, content with a simple life. However, when she is savagely murdered he sets off for Belfast looking for answers – and revenge. What he finds is a world of violence and brutality that he can’t understand and a secret about his family that will shake him to his core.

Premiered as part of the official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 at Park City, Utah, USA.

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“Bad Karma” (2002) (92 mins) Horror. Aka “Hell’s Gate” (USA).

Patsy Kensit, Patrick Muldoon, Amy Locane and Amy Huberman.

Director: John Hough.

Based on the book “Bad Karma” by Andrew Harper aka Douglas Clegg.

Filmed in County Galway – City and county.

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When a beautiful mental patient (Patsy Kensit) finds out that her psychiatrist (Patrick Muldoon) is going on vacation with his family, she escapes from the institution and goes on a murderous rampage to find him. Convinced that he is the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper and she his mistress in their previous life, she commits violent murders to victims along the way, recreating the bloody deaths of nearly a century ago. When she finally tracks him down she takes his daughter and wife (Amy Locane) hostage to force him to acknowledge their past history and future destiny together. In a desperate attempt to save the live of those he loves, as well as himself, he must figure out a way to escape from Hell’s Gate…

Available on DVD – scarce.

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“Ballad in Blue” (1964) (89 mins) Musical Biopic. Aka: “Blues For Lovers“.

Ray Charles, Mary Peach, Tom Bell, Dawn Addams, Piers Bishop, Betty McDonald.

Director: Paul Henreid.

Filmed at Ardmore while in receivership, with additional filming in France (Paris) and England (London).

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Available on DVD.

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“Ballroom of Romance, The” (1982) (65 mins) RTE/BBC.

Brenda Fricker, Michael Lally, Niall Tobin, Cyril Cusack, Joe Pilkington and John Kavanagh.

Director: Pat O’Connor.

Adapted by William Trevor from his own short story.

Some filming at Belmullet, County Mayo and Ballycroy?

May never have been released but an unofficial version may be found here:  http://www.raretvondvd.com   

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“Ballykissangel” (1996-2001) (6 seasons) BBC TV.

Stephen Tompkinson, Niall Tobin, Dervla Kirwin, Tony Doyle…..

Rural soap opera set in the fictional Irish village of Ballykissangel – Avoca, Co.Wicklow.

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Released on BBC DVD.

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“Ballyseedy” (1997) (90 mins) TV docudrama.

Justin Aylmer, Fran Brennan, Barry Cassin.

Director: Frank Hand.

The story of one of the most notorious incidents of the Irish Civil War. On the 6th March 1923 nine captured IRA men were taken by Free State soldiers from the Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee to a remote location a couple of miles from the town at Ballyseedy. They were then tied to a felled free and a landmine detonated amongst them – all but one were killed either in the initial blast or by Free State soldiers in the aftermath.

Not available.

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“Banshee Blacktop: an Irish Ghost Story” (2015) (91 mins) Drama/Horror.

Kelly McAuley, Dylan Kennedy, Liam Halligan, Bernadette Carlin, Jer O’Leary, Frank O;Sullivan and Marcus Lamb.

Director: Sean James Garland.

Filmed in County Donegal.

A seemingly aimless drifter is picked up by police in connection with the disappearance of a young couple on a remote, windswept island months before. But the drifter, a disgraced monk, turns the table on their investigation and relates a tale of madness, murder and the supernatural.

Available….?

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“Bargain Shop, The” (1993) (57 mins) Drama. aka “Big Deal in Dublin

Emer McCourt, Garrett Keogh, Stuart Graham, Ruth McCabe, Brendan Gleeson.

Director/Writer: Johnny Gogan.

When Billy inherits his father’s antique shop in Dublin, he is caught up by the dream of converting it into a Bargain Shop. His employees Packy and Maria are horrified by Billy’s plans and as the tacky transformation takes place their initial mutual antipathy turns to romance. Then Billy’s dream falls victim to a property development conspiracy.

Was released on VHS but very hard to find.

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“Barry Lyndon” (1975) (185 mins) Period Drama.

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Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Hardy Kruger, Godfrey Quigley, Leonard Rossiter, Patrick Magee, Marie Kean, Arthur O’Sullivan, Patrick Dawson.

Director: Stanley Kubrick.

Based upon the novel by William Makepiece Thackeray.

Filmed in Ireland, England and Germany. Irish locations include County Tipperary – Cahir Castle and Carrick-on-Suir; County Kildare – Carton House; Counties Kilkenny, Waterford, Wicklow and Dublin.

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How does an Irish lad without prospects become part of the 18th Century English nobility? For Redmond Barry (Ryan O’Neal) the answer is – anyway he can! Barry is a pining suitor, a duelist, a vagabond, a soldier in the Seven Years War, a spy, a card shark, a roué – all way stations on the climb to privilege and wealth.

Listen to the fascinating Newstalk documentary on the making of the movie here: Castles, Candles & Kubrick

Movie available on VHS and DVD.

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“Battle of the Bone” (2008) (90 mins) Kung Fu/Zombie Horror.

Laura Jenkins, Alan Crawford and Shane Todd.

Director: George Clarke.

Shot on location in Northern Ireland – Co.Antrim (Belfast and Whitehead) and Co.Down (Downpatrick).

Low budget – circa £10,000.

When two opposing sides face-off in one of Belfast’s worst ever riots, fate casts a nasty spell as an army of drug-crazed zombies descend on the capital forcing the enemies to join as one, and stop this new threat from taking over the city! Caught in the middle, are three friends trying to escape to the East, only to find themselves surrounded by bigoted thugs, burning bridges and high testosterone! Using fast and furious martial arts, and constantly on the run, the three young heroes soon find out that the fight loving thugs are the least of their worries… Their day is about to get a lot worse!

Available on DVD – scarce.

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“Becoming Jane” (2007) (120 mins) Biopic.

Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell and Maggie Smith.

Director: Julian Jarrold.

Filmed in Ireland – Dublin, Meath, Offaly (Charleville Castle) and Wicklow. Ardmore Studios…

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The year is 1795 and the young Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is a feisty 20 year-old and emerging writer who already sees a world beyond class and commerce, beyond pride and prejudice, and dreams of doing what was then nearly unthinkable – marrying for love, without any regard for financial well-being at all….

Available on DVD.

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“Before I Sleep” (1997) (27 mins)

Brendan Gleeson, Vinnie McCabe and Paul Nolan.

Director: Paul Mercier.

Filmed in Dublin.

“Before I Sleep” is one man’s odyssey through Dublin city, an impersonal, cold and uncaring place. It is a crowded hectic film, unmistakably Dublin, yet with one constant character – John Harte (Brendan Gleeson), a recently unemployed middle class man in a state of quiet anxiety.

Not available.

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“Behold the Lamb” (2011) (85 mins) Dark Comedy

Aoife Duffin, Nigel O’Neill,  Sandra Ni Bhroin and Shaun Paul McGrath.

Director: John McIlduff.

Filmed in Northern Ireland.

Two strangers team up for a road trip with unexpected consequences in this offbeat comedy. Liz (Aoife Duffin) is a twenty-something woman trying to put her life back in order after kicking drugs and giving up her career as a hooker. Liz has a handicapped son who is in foster care, and en route to a visit with her boy, she gets roped into giving a ride to Eddie (Nigel O’Neill), a middle aged slob with little to lose but his waistline. Before long, Liz discovers she’s tangled up in drug smuggling …

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YouTube HD trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am4ZXmU0d0o

Scarce (Region 1) DVD Import on Amazon

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“Belfast Story, A” (2013) (99 mins) Thriller  Turkey 1Turkey 1Turkey 1

Colm Meaney, Malcolm Sinclair, Tommy O’Neill.

Director: Nathan Todd.

Shot on location in Belfast. Low budget.

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What is peace? Is it when the bullets stop or the wounds heal?

A BELFAST STORY explores life after terrorism. Set in a city which has weathered hundreds of years of hatred, 30 years of bombs, and a war without winners, just victims. A new era brings new risks. There is peace, but that can also be deadly.

Colm Meaney stars as a man weary of doing right. Times are changing, car bombs are less common and terrorists find themselves out of work, but old habits die hard. And while most go quietly into the night, he must find the few who won’t comply. Haunted by his own past failures, he knows that he may only get one last chance to repeat the same mistake, and this time, the blood will be on his hands.

When a series of murders awaken dormant memories, many fear the worst. A greying assassin has stopped walking his son to school, purely precautionary. And his old comrades are also refusing to die gracefully. Someone is laying plans for the future, but first they must secure the present. From Official site.

Verdict

Avoid at all costs. One of the worst movies about any aspect of the Northern Troubles that I have ever seen. PSNI Detective Colm Meaney plods around the North ostensibly searching for the people behind an apparently connected series of killings of former IRA operatives. He doesn’t appear to actually do anything but instead shows up all over the place to view the corpses of the latest victim(s) of which there are an inordinate number.

He is accompanied on his travels by a completely unconvincing, and unarmed, PSNI constable. I thought all PSNI officers still carried arms? The PSNI constable has been placed with Meaney to spy on him and report directly back to the PSNI Chief Constable – at various odd locations including a pub and on a park bench with the latter character in full uniform!

There’s an unforgivable lack of attention to detail – the PSNI cap badges resemble something from Group 4 or some other security company – and even the DVD cover shows Meaney carrying a gun – something that he doesn’t do in the entire film!

The story is lame, the acting poor, the locations (despite being in NI) lack any feel of the place and could have been shot on a studio lot. This is one bad mother of a film which, apparently,  was shot on a low budget and boy does it show!

Available on DVD.

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“Beloved Enemy” (1936)  (90 mins) Drama

Aka “Love Under Fire” and “Mi Adorable Enemiga” (Spanish DVD title).

David Niven, Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne, Jerome Cowan, Karen Morley, Henry Stephenson.

Director: H. C. Potter.

Production company: Samuel Goldwyn Company.

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Set in Ireland during “the troubles.” Irish rebel leader Dennis Reardon (Brian Aherne) falls in love with Lady Helen Drummond (Merle Oberon), the aristocratic daughter of British diplomat Lord Athleigh (Henry Stephenson). Reardon’s associates, not so romantically inclined, assume that their leader has sold out to the enemy, when in fact he is working tirelessly for an honourable and equitable end to the hostilities.

Available on Spanish DVD – search for “Mi Adorable Enemiga” see above.

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Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003) (100 mins) Historical Drama.

Aidan Quinn, Kelsey Grammer, Flora Montgomery, John Kavanagh.

Director: Mikael Salomon.

Shot in Ireland – Counties Wicklow, Dublin and Meath.

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Benedict Arnold (Aidan Quinn) was perhaps the finest commander in the Continental Army, but he will always be remembered as a traitor who turned his back on America in its hour of need. After winning important victories for the breakaway colonies, Arnold is driven to resign by an ungrateful Congress. Coaxed back into service by his old friend George Washington (Kelsey Grammer), he is soon plunged into the divisive politics of Revolutionary Philadelphia. But when his love for a British loyalist woman Peggy Shippen (Flora Montgomery) leads to scandal – and the Colonial leaders fail to support him – the stage is set for his fateful decision.

Available on DVD.

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“Best: His Mother’s Son” (2009) (90 mins) BBC TV Movie.

Michelle Fairley, Tom Payne, Lorcan Cranitch.

Director: Colin Barr.

Filmed in Belfast.

BEST DVD FOR BLOG

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“Best Man, The” (1983) (85 mins) Drama.

Seamus Ball, Mairead Mullan, Dennis McGowan, Jean Flagherty, Michael McGowan, Hugh McIntyre and Aidan Heaney.

Writer/Director: Joe Mahon.

Production company: Northlands Productions, Derry.

Drama set in Northern Ireland about a hard-drinking/gambling bachelor who is asked to be best man at a wedding.

Available on YouTube 1/2/2017.

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“Best Years, The” (2013) (93 mins) Crime Drama.

Martin Kemp, Anna Nightingale, Slaine Kelly, Enn Reital, Danny Ogle, Marc Pickering, Matt Healy and Jason Gerard Ogle.

Directors: Danny Ogle, Danny Patrick.

Filmed on location in Derry.

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Peace is declared in Northern Ireland after thirty years of troubles. The criminal empires that have existed during the troubles can no longer operate and are being shut down. George is released from prison and returns to his old working class neighbourhood to resume his life and steer clear of trouble which includes his best friend Emmet. Nadine has also come back to Derry after many years away, she is the estranged daughter of the resident crime boss Simon McKnight and also George first love. When Emmet finds a bag of money belonging to a ruthless loyalist hit-man Giggles, George is compelled to help him one last time to return it. This step is too far and they are forced to enlist the help of a gang from the other side of the community.

Premiered at the “Foyle Film Festival” in November 2013 but no sign of general release yet.

Still no news 4/4/2016.

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“Between the Canals” (2010) (88 mins) Crime Drama.

Peter Coonan, Damien Dempsey, Dan Hyland, and Stephen Jones .

Director: Mark O’Connor.

Filmed in the Sherriff Street area of Inner City Dublin.

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Between The Canals follows three small time criminals from Dublin’s North Inner City as they each aspire to be somebody in a fast changing society:

Like many others of his age, Liam (Dan Hyland) is a small time criminal whose life consists of dealing drugs, getting into fights and sticking by his friends. But now his girlfriend is pregnant and he wants to change all that to become an electrician and provide for his family.

The problem is his friends: Dots (Peter Coonan) a crazy, irresponsible thug with ambitions to become a big time dealer and Scratchcard (Stephen Jones), a drug user with no ambition but to stay on the dole and watch the world go by. What’s more, Liam’s uncle has been murdered, his girlfriend is taking money from a local gangster, and Dots’ latest antics are in danger of bringing the whole roof down on Liam’s world.

Liam is torn between life in the flats and his responsibility to be a good father and has just one day to make his move from life in the flats to a life on the other side of everything and everyone he’s grown up with – but it’s St.Patrick’s Day, and in Dublin City, that means trouble everywhere.

Available on DVD.

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“Beyond the Fire” (2009) (77 mins) Drama

Scot Williams, Cara Seymour and Victoria Aitken.

Director: Maeve Murphy.

Filmed in England – Liverpool and London.

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Beyond The Fire tells the story of Sheamy, a gentle Irish ex-priest who arrives in London. Sheamy reaches out to the only other person he knows in London, Rory. Rory, a talented musician and band member, takes Sheamy under his wing and introduces him to his flatmate Katie. Immediately, the attraction is undeniable between Sheamy and Katie. She is a warm hearted woman but their romance faces a crisis when the past comes back to haunt them. – Maeve Murphy.

Broadcast on TV3 on the 20th April, 2010.

Seems to be available from Amazon here.

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“Beyond the Pale” (1989) (60 mins) BBC (NI) “Screenplay” Season 4, Episode 9.

Prunella Scales, Annette Crosbie and Robert Lang.

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence.

Based on the short story by William Trevor.

Milly and her friends have been going on holiday together for many years. This year they return to one of their favourite haunts, a beautiful country hotel in Ireland. Their fond memories are destroyed when a terrible secret is revealed.

Available…?

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“Beyond the Pale” (2000) (96 mins)

Malachy McCourt, Patrick Clarke, Conn Horgan, Beverley Elder and Roger Davis. Director: George Bazala. Production: i4i Productions, Maiden Voyage Pictures.

Filmed in Ireland – Dublin; and in the USA – New York.

Low budget $350,000

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Available on (manufactured on demand) DVD from Amazon.com

and www.Towerrecords.ie €12.99

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“Big Bow Wow, The” (2004) RTE TV Drama series.

Risteard Cooper, Lisa Dwan, Sara James.

Filmed in Dublin City.

€2 million budget.

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A group of twenty-something neighbours living in a city apartment block in 21st century Dublin – a boomtown. It’s a city of noodle bars, boy bands, Saturday night drug habits, extortion, corruption, fast living, self-consumed singletons. The Big Bow Wow’s a dance club. They go there to find solace and sex; discuss the day and get answers and let go.

I haven’t the opportunity to see this series but it was severely lambasted by the critics, and there’s a certain irony that the DVD cover boasts that it’s a UK series!

Available on a Region.1. (Import) DVD.

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“Big Gamble, The” (1961) (100 mins) aka “La Gran Apuesta” Spanish title.

Stephen Boyd, Juliette Greco, David Wayne, Sybil Thorndike, Philip O’Flynn, Maire Kean.

Director: Richard Fleischer.

Script by Irwin Shaw.

Filmed in part in Ireland – in Dublin Port and Ardmore Studios; also in Africa – the Ivory Coast.

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This adventure melodrama concerns Vic Brennan (Stephen Boyd), who persuades his  family to put up money for him to leave Dublin for the remote African town of Jebanda in order to start up a trucking business. The family agrees to give Vic the money under the stipulation that his cousin Samuel (David Wayne), a bank clerk, go with him to protect their investment. Vic and Samuel arrive in the Ivory Coast along with Vic’s bride Marie (Juliette Greco). Samuel loses their customs papers, and Vic’s truck is impounded. Luckily, Marie recognizes a friend, a French naval captain, and he gets Vic’s truck released. They then proceed onward toward Jebanda, but they have nothing but bad luck along the way — their truck crashes into a tree, and Vic has to bribe the natives with some beer to get the tree removed; a German guide tries to steal their cargo; and the African sun makes Samuel delirious, and he declares his love for Marie. Finally, the truck reaches a raging river. They try to cross it, and Vic is knocked unconscious by a log. Samuel must now find the courage to rescue Vic and continue on to Jebanda.

Available on DVD – scarce. Spanish release in English language.

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“Big Red One, The” (1980) (113 mins) War Drama.

Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine, Mark Hamill, Stephane Audran.

Director: Samuel Fuller.

Some filming in Ireland – Trim Castle and Carton House but mostly shot in Israel.

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Lee Marvin plays a gravel-voiced, tough sergeant who, during World War Two, transforms a squad of fresh-faced troops of the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division into professional fighting men – and survivors. They battle their way from North Africa, through Sicily, Omaha Beach and Belgium to the ultimate horror of the Nazi Death Camps in Czechoslovakia. There’s no glorification of war in this movie where the only glory is surviving!

Available on DVD.

The Reconstruction (2 Disc Special Edition) DVD (2005) – runs to 151 minutes.

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“Billy Trilogy, The” BBC Play for the Day

#1. Too Late to Talk to Billy (1982) (85 mins) Drama. Play for the Day. BBC (NI)

James Ellis, Kenneth Branagh, Brid Brennan, Maggie Shevlin, Tracey Lynch, Colum Convey, Chrissie, Cotterill, Walter McMonagle.

Director: Paul Seed. Writer: Graham Reid.

First in a trilogy of plays about the Martin family. The Martins are split: Billy’s parents are estranged and he and his father Norman (James Ellis) find it particularly difficult living under the same roof in Belfast. How can the situation be resolved? Made in 1982 but set in 1977 the story revolves around the Martin family from a Protestant stronghold in Belfast. The mother is dying from cancer and her husband Norman reacts by drowning his sorrows and taking it out on the rest of the world. It’s a very memorable performance by James Ellis as a violent and bitter and ultimately pathetic soul.

#2. A Matter of Choice for Billy (1983) (75 mins) Drama. Play for the Day. BBC (NI)

Kenneth Branagh, Brid Brennan, Tracey Lynch, Ainé Gorman, James Ellis, Mark Mulholland.

Director: Paul Seed. Writer: Graham Reid.

Belfast 1978: the Martin family a year on. Norman is away in England and his eldest son Billy and daughter Lorna are in charge of their younger sisters, Ann and Maureen. How can Billy and Laura square their family responsibilities with their personal lives? An awkward relative, about whom they disagree, is about to descend on them. Ann is a handful, and disturbing news arrives from Norman. Billy and the others must make a choice.

#3. A Coming of Terms to Billy (1984) (82 mins) Drama. Play for the Day. BBC (NI)

James Ellis, Kenneth Branagh, Brid Brennan, Gwen Taylor, Julia Dearden.

Director: Paul Seed. Writer: Graham Reid.

Third in a trilogy of plays by Graham Reid, telling the story of the conflict between a father and son in Belfast. It is more than two years since Norman Martin left his family to seek work in England. News of his return home is met with mixed reactions.

Not officially released on VHS or DVD.

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“Bishop’s Story, The” (1994) (85 mins)

Donal McCann, Margaret Fegan and Ray McBride.

Director: Bob Quinn.

Remake of an earlier film (see: “Budawanna”) by the same director.

Does not seem to be available.

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“Bittersweet” (2008) (90 mins) TV Movie.

Una Kavanagh, Catherine Walker, Deirdre O’Kane, Risteard CooperRobert Sheehan, Eva Docolomanska.

Director: Declan Eames.

Produced by Element Pictures in association with RTE.

The story of re-united Dublin friends Carmel, Gerry and Marie. Three very different worlds, three very different women but everything in common, Bittersweet celebrates their lives and loves. Everything’s looking rosy – until reality bites…Element Pictures.

Aired on RTE in Spring 2008.

Available…….?

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“Black Beauty” (1970) (106 mins) Drama

Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Patrick Mower, Ursula Glas, Peter Lee Lawrence.

Director: James Hill.

Adapted by Wolf Mankowitz from the book by Anna Sewell.

Filmed in Ireland (Co.Wicklow – Powerscourt & Ardmore Studios) and in Spain.

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This faithful adaptation of Anna Sewell’s Victorian children’s classic tells the adventures of a young boy and a spirited horse. Beginning life on a country estate the young colt Beauty is given away to cruel squire Sam Greene when he takes possession of the farm on which he lived. The horse then starts on an adventurous journey where he experiences the best and worst in human nature before finally being reunited with the boy who was his first friend.

Available on VHS and DVD. Also as a newspaper promo DVD.

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“Black Day at Blackrock” (2001) (57 mins) Made for RTE TV.

Don Wycherley, Julie Hale, Anna Manahan and Tom Hickey.

Director: Gerard Stembridge.

Production company: Venus Three Productions.

Filmed in Ireland – County Meath….Summerhill, Kilmessan and Dunboyne.

Satirical drama that chronicles an extraordinary day in the life of a small Irish village, Black Rock., when the population is surprised by the news that they are to be home to thirty asylum seekers.

Not available.

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“Black Ice” (2013) (95 mins) Drama.

Killian Scott, Jane McGrath, Dermot Murphy, Donal O’Kelly, Marian Quinn, Conor McDermottroe.

Director: Johnny Gogan.

Production company: Bandit Films.

Filmed in County Leitrim – Dromahair.

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Set in rural Donegal, Black Ice follows Jimmy Devlin (Killian Scott), and his complicated relationship with girlfriend Alice Watters (Jane McGrath). The story, set in a clandestine road racing scene where Jimmy is considered “top dog” among the petrol heads, also follows his and Alice’s struggle to break into the legit professional rally scene, but there are other forces at work in this shadowy border world threatening to undermine their ambition.

Available on DVD.

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“Black Narcissus” (1946) (99 mins) Colour. Drama.

Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, Jean Simmons and Kathleen Byron.

Directors: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger.

Based upon a novel by Rumer Godden.

Filmed partly in Tipperary and Killarney. However, according to IMDb most of the filming was done in County Galway, England (Sussex) and Pinewood Studios.

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The locations were done in England and Ireland, but all of the Himalayan scenes were shot at the studio in London using glass shots and miniatures. Black and white location shots were used, blown up and color chalk applied to them for use in Technicolor.

Plagued by uncertainties and worldy desires, five Protestant missionary nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), struggle to establish a school in the desolate Himalayas. Isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad.…

Available on VHS and DVD. Also as a Daily Mail promo DVD.

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“Blackwater Lightship, The” (2004) (120 mins) TV Drama.

Dianne Wiest, Gina McKee, Angela Lansbury and Keith McErlean.

Director: John Erman.

Based on the novel by Colm Tobin.

Filmed in County Wicklow – Ardmore Studios, Bray and Brittas Bay.

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The Blackwater Lightship tells the compelling story of reconciliation between three generations of women, whose relationships have been marked by decades of misunderstandings. Granny (Angela Lansbury), her daughter Lily (Dianne Wiest), and Lily’s daughter Helen (Gina McKee). The three women are reunited at Granny’s home in the seaside village of Blackwater, when Lily’s son, Declan (Keith McErlean), who has AIDS, leaves the hospital to spend time at a place he remembers fondly from his childhood. Declan’s love for all three women in his family – and theirs for him – begins a powerful journey of love and understanding.

Available on VHS and DVD.

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Blandings (2012)  (180 mins) BBC TV (6 part series)

Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders, Mark Williams, Jack Farthing.

Director: Paul Seed.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Crom Castle, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

Comedy series based on the celebrated stories by PG Wodehouse. Blandings Castle is dysfunction junction, the home of a chaotic family struggling to keep itself in order. Clarence Emsworth, ninth earl and master of Blandings Castle, yearns with all his soul to be left in peace; preferably in the company of his beloved pig, The Empress. But he never is. There is always someone who wants him to Do Something. Presiding over the blitzkrieg on his equilibrium is the baleful figure of his sister Connie, with whom he shares the house; at her shoulder is Clarence’s brainless younger son Freddie and a panoply of friends, enemies, servants, spongers, private detectives, bookies and confidence tricksters. Only Beach, his loyal and long-suffering butler, provides consolation. Storm-battered Clarence, somehow never vanquished, occasionally makes everything right through an inspired or accidental intervention. For any writer, it is the rarest privilege imaginable to have Wodehouse legitimately available as source material. Instead of just stealing from him as we usually do. http://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/catalogue/237/108/blandings-2012.aspx

I haven’t seen the series yet but it has received quite a bit of criticism on http://www.imdb.com/ and the trailer on Amazon looks woeful!

Series.1. & 2 available on DVD.

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“Blarney” (1938) (68 mins)  Comedy. aka “Ireland’s Border Line”

Jimmy O’Dea, Myrette Morven, Ronald Malcolmson and Noel Purcell.

Director: Harry O’Donovan.

The film was shot in County Louth, around Carlingford, Ravensdale, and Greenore, while the interiors were filmed in a concert hall in Dundalk.

Copy held by the Irish Film Archive.

Not available.

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“Blind Flight” (2003) (97 mins) Biopic. Drama.

Ian Hart, Linus Roache, Bassem Breish, Mohamad Chamas and Brian Devlin.

Director: John Furse.

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The film dramatises the imprisonment of hostages Brian Keenan (Ian Hart) and John McCarthy (Linus Roache) in Beirut the mid-1980s. Brian Keenan, from Belfast, was teaching English when he was captured, while journalist John McCarthy had just filed a story on Keenan’s abduction before being kidnapped himself. The two very different men were held together for four and a half years, and forged a friendship that kept them sane through cruelty, deprivation and torture.

Available on DVD.

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“Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill” (1996) (85 mins) aka “Hard Way Out”.

Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Jillian McWhirter, John Patrick White, Donnie Hair and Warren Burton.

Director: Rick Jacobson. Executive Producer: Roger Corman.

Filmed at Concorde Anois film studios in Tully, County Galway, and at other locations in the county.

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A former CIA agent Rick Cowan (Wilson) lives a suburban life as a high school teacher with his teenage son Chris (White). When the agent is attacked by former allies because of knowledge he possesses and his son is kidnapped, he is forced back into the business and his son sees a side of his father that he never knew existed.

Available on DVD.

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“Bloodlines: Legacy of a Lord” (1998) True Drama.

Jon Finch, Beatie Edney and Richard Lintern.

Director: Brian Grant.

Production companies: Film Eireann, Lucan Pictures Ltd., Screen Partners Ltd.

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Based on one of the most famous mysterious disappearances in the world. Richard John Bingham, the Seventh Earl of Lucan was accused of the murder of 29 year old nanny, Sandra Rivett on November 7, 1974, at his family home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street, in London. On November 10, police found his borrowed Ford Corsair abandoned some 16 miles away near the docks of Newhaven. Since then there have been many reported “sightings” of Lord Lucan around the globe viz. Africa, Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland and Sicily.

Available on DVD.

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“Bloody Sunday” (2002) (107 mins) Docudrama.

James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith and Nicholas Farrell.

Director: Paul Greengrass.

Filmed in Dublin (Ballymun) and Derry/Londonderry.

Documentary-style depiction of the events of the bloody massacre which took place on Sunday, January 30th, 1972 when thirteen civilians involved in a civil rights march were shot dead by the British Army Parachute Regiment on the streets of Derry. The story revolves around two young men who are caught up in the crossfire. One is an idealistic civil rights leader, and the other a teenage Catholic boy.

Available on DVD.

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“Bloom” (2003) (108 mins)

Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O’Conor and Patrick Bergin.

Director: Sean Walsh.

Based on James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.

Filmed on location in County Dublin.

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Available on DVD.

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“Blown Away” (1994) (121 mins) Thriller.

Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Forest Whitaker, Suzy Amis, John Finn, Stephi Lineburg, Loyd Carlett, Caitlin Clarke, Chris De Oni, Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Director: Stephen Hopkins.

Filmed in the USA – Massachusetts.

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Boston is rocked by a blast of such ferocity that it stuns even the most hardened members of the city’s bomb squad. The evidence points to a bomber more menacing and more skilled than any they have ever faced – an enigma to everyone – except former unit head Jimmy Dove (Jeff Bridges). Confronted by a deadly adversary Ryan Gaerity (Tommy Lee Jones) from the past he had left behind in him in Ireland, Dove embarks on a search that is as personal as it is desperate. With each tick of the clock, the stakes go higher…

Available on VHS and DVD.

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“Blue Max, The” (1965) (156 mins) War.

George Peppard, James Mason, Ursula Andrews, Jeremy Kemp.

Director: John Guillermin.

Aerial scenes were shot at Weston Aerodrome, County Kildare and also in counties Dublin, Wicklow and Cork.

George Peppard stars as the German ex.infantry man who has transferred from the trenches to the airforce and his ruthless pursuit of “The Blue Max”, the medal awarded to air aces with 20+ confirmed kills. Filmed on location in Ireland – including Weston Aerodrome and Calary Bog (adjacent to the Great Sugar Loaf in County Wicklow) which was transformed into the Western Front. The superb aerial dogfights alone make this worth seeing especially the sequences at the Blackwater railway viaduct in Fermoy.

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The film is set in France and Germany but in fact all the location filming was in Ireland. Calary Bog, Co. Wicklow was used to build the set of a destroyed French village that features in one of the combat sequences along with about 1,000 men of the Irish Army. The scenes of Berlin were shot around Dublin City and Trinity College was used as the German Army headquarters. Weston aerodrome, now Weston airport, between Celbridge and Lucan was used as the German fighter base. Most of the aerial combat scenes were filmed in the skies around Weston. Irish Air Corps pilots were used in filming as well as civilian pilots. Baldonnell (now Casement) airfield was also used in the final sequences of the film.

Available on VHS and DVD.

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“Bobbie’s Girl” (2002) (95 mins) Drama. Made for TV.

Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, Thomas Brodie Sangster and Jonathan Silverman.

Director: Jeremy Kagan.

Filmed in Ireland – Bray, County Wicklow.

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“Two Sisters” is a pub in a tiny Irish seaside village. It’s run by Bobbie (Rachel Ward), her lesbian partner Bailey (Bernadette Peters) and Bailey’s eccentric brother David (Jonathan Silverman). Pub life is hectic, colourful, fulfilling and very off-beat. But their lives are catapulted into chaos when a family tragedy brings Bobbie’s 10-year-old nephew, Alan, into the mix to become a permanent member of their bohemian household.

Available on VHS (used, very scarce and expensive!)

4/4/2014 on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5FpsO97ckA

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“Bogwoman” (1997) (78 mins) TV drama.

Rachael Dowling, Peter Mullan and Sean McGinley.

Director: Tom Collins.

Maureen, a young unmarried mother from an island off Donegal moves to Derry in the late 1950’s to marry her boyfriend Barry. It is a film about a woman and her relationship with her past – her parents on her island home, and her future with her family and neighbours on the Bogside in Derry at the start of the ‘Troubles’ in the early 1960’s.

Does not appear to be available.

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“Bold Emmet, Ireland’s Martyr” (1914) aka “Robert Emmet, Ireland’s Martyr“.

Jack Melville, Pat O’Malley, Robert Rivers (Vignola).

Director: Sidney Olcott.

Robert Emmet (1778-1803) led an assault of about 100 men on Dublin Castle, but failed to capture the headquarters of British administration in Ireland. The 1803 Rebellion lasted only one day – the 23rd July 1803. Refusing to leave Dublin until he met his fiancee, Sarah Curran, Emmet was captured at Harold’s Cross on 25th August. He was executed on 20th September.

Available on DVD from the Irish Film Institute – “The O’Kalem Collection”.

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“Bombmaker, The” (2001) (180 mins) Thriller. TV movie. Turkey 1

Dervla Kirwan, Angeline Ball, Mark Womack, Ciara Lyons, Marc Warren and David Hunt.

Director: Graham Theakston.

Adapted for television by Stephen Leather from his novel of the same name.

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Andrea Hayes (Dervla Kirwan) was once one of the IRA’s deadliest bomb-makers — until she quit after four schoolchildren were accidentally killed by one of her bombs. Ten years later, she has built a new life and a family, and her days of violence seem a distant memory. But then her daughter is kidnapped by persons unknown, and she’s blackmailed into building a massive explosive device for them in central London.

Not available on VHS or DVD.

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“Bondage Field, The” (1981) (54 mins) RTE TV movie.

Kate Thompson, Noel McGee, Patricia Martin, Doreen Hepburn, Derek Lord, Maurie Taylor, Brendan Allis, Michael Duffy.

Producer: John Lynch.

Based on the novel by Jennifer Johnston.

An Englishwoman, the wife of an Irishman, discovers his involvement in the Irish Republican Army. Their marriage begins to disintegrate against the background of the Northern Ireland strikes.

Not available.

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“Book That Wrote Itself, The” (1999) (71 mins)

Liam O Mochain, Antoinette Guiney and Orlaith Rafter.

Director: Liam O Mochain.

Filmed in Ireland – Cork, Galway, Dublin and Wexford; Italy – Venice.

Low budget – under €25,000.

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Vincent Macken (Liam O Mochain) has written what he thinks is the best post modern novel ever. His novel “The Daughter of Conn”, is a Celtic quest saga set somewhere in Ireland 200 years ago or thereabouts.

When he overhears literary agents at a book fair ridiculing his masterpiece, he vows to prove his detractors wrong. He hires Aisling Arrigan (Antoinette Guiney), an aspiring filmmaker, to document his novel on video. The novel takes on a life of its own as she is more interested in making a documentary about him.

The struggle begins. Vincent finally decides that what he has created has the potential for a hit movie. He goes to the Venice film festival, blags a press pass and tries to convince Hollywood stars to come to Ireland and take part in his forthcoming movie. The result is not quite what he had expected.

Released on VHS and DVD (2004) but now scarce in either format.

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“Boom Babies” (1986) (34 mins)  TV Drama.

Aisling Toibin, Andrew Connolly.

Director: Siobhan Twomey (directorial debut).

Written by Siobhan Twomey.

Produced with funding from the Irish Film Board, RTE, and an Irish businessman.

The lives of two young people from opposite sides of Dublin City are contrasted when they meet after his friends steal her car on Dollymount Strand.

Not available.

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“Born for Hell” (1976) (88 mins) Horror/Thriller.

Mathieu Carrière, Debra Berger, Christine Boisson, Myriam Boyer, Leonora Fani, Ely Galleani, Carole Laure, Eva Mattes, Andrée Pelletier.

Director: Denis Héroux.

A Canadian/German/Italian/French co-production. aka “Die Hinrichtung” aka “Naked Massacre“.

Set in Belfast.

Loosely based on the notorious Richard Speck murders in Chicago in 1966.,

Mathieu Carrière plays a disturbed Vietnam vet who is on his way home back to the States via Belfast, he is waiting for a job on a ship that will take him back to America but is told there isn’t a ship for a week or so.

The first half of the film sees him going here and there amid Sectarian violence, come the second half he takes over a house full of nurses and degrades them with torture, rape, violence  and murder! This is a nasty little exploitation film that makes you feel like a shower after viewing.

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Only included here for the sake of completeness!

Was released on VHS (Greece and USA) and apparently on a recent German DVD. Also available on YouTube.

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“Borstal Boy” (2000) (93 mins) Drama. Biopic.

Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eva Birthistle, Michael York and Eamon Glancy.

Director: Peter Sheridan.

Filmed in Dublin.

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During World War II, at the age of sixteen, Brendan traveled to Liverpool with a suitcase of explosives. However his bombing mission was foiled when he was apprehended and subsequently imprisoned in Borstal – a reform institution for young offenders in East Anglia. Now forced to do time with “the enemy“, Brendan finds his staunch republican beliefs are put to the ultimate test.

Available on VHS (used) and DVD.

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“Bossanova Blues” (1992) (30 mins) Drama.

Justin Chadwick, Jim Corry and Alison McKenna.

Director: Kieron J. Walsh.

Filmed in England – Blackpool, Lancashire.

At the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland, bombs began to go off in Guilford, Birmingham and London as Irish republican discontent flared up. A number of Irish people were wrongly imprisoned for these bombings and served long sentences. They were jailed simply because they were Irish and in the wrong place at the wrong time. ‘Bossanova Blues’ tells the fictional story of how three innocents could have become the victims of such a miscarriage of justice. It’s a romantic road movie with dire consequences. IMDB

Not available.

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“Botched” (2007) (95 mins) Comedy/Horror.

David Heap, Alan Smyth, Stephen Dorff, Sean Pertwee, Jamie Foreman.

Director: Kit Ryan.

Ardmore Studios, Bray, County Wicklow. Also in Russia (Moscow) and France (Nice).

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Ritchie Donovan (Stephen Dorff) is a professional thief whose luck has just run out. The only survivor from a heist that goes terribly wrong, Ritchie is forced to take the rap and is sent to Russia to steal a priceless antique cross locked in a safe on the penthouse floor of a Moscow skyscraper. Things start badly and go rapidly downhill when, during the robbery, Ritchie and his accomplices are forced to take hostages when they are trapped by the police on the unused 13th floor. They soon discover that they are not alone….

Available on DVD.

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“Boxed” (2002) (80 mins) Thriller.

Tom Murphy, Brendan Mackey, Jim Norton, Darragh Kelly and Catherine Cusack.

Director: Marion Comer.

Shot on location in Belfast, County Tipperary and London.

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The IRA, when executing an informer, calls on certain ‘tame priests’ to secretly provide last rites. Boxed is the story of what happens when they get the wrong priest. Based on published reports, never denied by the Church, this suspenseful hostage thriller involving IRA terrorists, murder and the priesthood explores the explosive moral and ethical conflicts on both sides of an all-too-timely crisis situation. Will the idealistic priest risk his life for a just and righteous cause? And which cause will that be?

Available from Amazon.com on DVD – very scarce!

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“Boxer, The” (1979) (50 mins)

Peter Dickson, David Finlay and Colin Lewis.

Director: Brian Drysdale.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast, Co.Antrim.

It’s 1975 in Belfast. Jimmy Doherty returns to his home town just having lost a boxing match in Dublin, where he has been living. He awakes in a rundown room and begins to take stock. He finds that things have changed and people have gone. He begins to search for Gerry Mitchell, a figure from his past. He runs into dead ends and in frustration begins to drink. In a bar, he meets two men who tell him they can take him to Gerry. IMDB

Does not appear to be available.

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“Boxer, The” (1997) (114 mins) Thriller.

Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Ken Stott, , Gerard McSorley, Brian Cox and Kenneth Craham.

Director: Jim Sheridan.

Filmed in Dublin.

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Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis), a promising Irish boxer who was imprisoned for 14 years at age 18 for associating with the IRA, returns to his Belfast neighbourhood just as IRA leader Joe Hamill (Brian Cox) is  trying to negotiate peace with the British. Despite wanting to return to boxing and stay out of trouble, Danny is drawn back into turmoil when he reunites with old flame Maggie (Emily Watson), who’s married to an imprisoned IRA man.

Available on DVD.

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“Boy Soldier” (1986) (105 mins) S4C TV Drama. Aka “Milwr Bychan”.

Richard Lynch, Emer Gillespie, Bernard Hill, Dafydd Hywell, James Donnelly.

Director: Karl Francis.

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A young British soldier on duty in Northern Ireland shoots a terrorist in self defence and is used as scapegoat by the political system.

Was released on VHS but no longer available.

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“Boyd’s Shop” (1957)  (55 mins) Comedy.

Geoffrey Golden, Eileen Crowe, Aideen O’Kelley.

Director: Henry Cass.

Produced by Emmet Dalton.

Based upon an Abbey Theatre play by George Sheils.

Outdoor scenes filmed near Enniskerry and indoor scenes in a studio in England.

Set in the rural Ulster countryside, Boyd’s Shop is a light-hearted snapshot of life in the mid-50’s. The action is set in the home and shop of Andrew Boyd and his daughter Agnes. Competition in business is provided by the arrival of John Haslett and he immediately falls for Agnes. The young minister, Mr. Dunwoody, also has eyes for Miss Boyd and this triangle adds to the banter and fun, which this play is based upon. How will young Haslett and his modern techniques fare against the conservative methods of Andrew Boyd and who will win the affections of Miss Boyd?

Not available.

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“Boy Eats Girl” (2005) (80 mins) Comedy/Horror.

Samantha Mumba, David Leon, Tadhg Murphy.

Director: Stephen Bradley.

Filmed in Dublin and the Isle of Man.

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The night 17-year-old Nathan Maguire chooses to tell Jessica that he is in love with her is the night he dies. Resurrected by his mother as a zombie through the power of voodoo rituals, Nathan returns with the intense desire to eat human flesh. One careless bite in a fight with the school bully and the infection is spread, with horrific and bloody consequences for the whole neighbourhood.

Soon Dublin’s suburbs are over-run with teenage zombies and only Nathan can save Jessica and the rest of his friends before he turns against them. Will he finally win Jessica’s heart? Or eat it? Will school dinners ever taste the same again?

Available on DVD.

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“Boy from Mercury, The” (1996) (87 mins) Drama.

Rita Tushingham, Tom Courtenay, Hugh O’Connor  and James Hickey.

Director: Martin Duffy.

Filmed in Dublin – Walkinstown and Tallaght.

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In 1960’s Dublin, eight-year-old James Cronin (James Hickey) spends every Saturday morning at the pictures, caught up in the adventures of ‘Flash Gordon’. He begins to fantasize that he is in fact from the planet Mercury, addressing his Ma (Rita Tushingham) as ‘Earth Mother’ and signalling to Mecurian space ships by night. James’ father is dead, so eccentric Uncle Tony (Tom Courtenay) tries to talk him out of his fantasy, with little effect.

Released on VHS but now extremely scarce.

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“Boys and Girl from County Clare, The” (2003) (90 mins) Comedy

Colm Meany, Bernard Hill, Andrea Corr and Shaun Evans.

Director: John Irvin.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Carnlough and Glenarm in County Antrim.

Also the Isle of Man – Dalby, Peel, Glen Maye and Sulby Glen.

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Available on VHS and DVD.

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“Bracken” (1978-82) RTE TV mini-series. Two seasons – 12 episodes.

Gabriel Byrne, Niall Toibin, Joe Lynch, Sean Lawlor, Mick Lally, Fiona Victory and Dana Wynter.

Spin-off from the popular TV series – “The Riordans” (1965)

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Gabriel Byrne and Fiona Victory in a scene from the short-lived series.

All you could want to know about Bracken and Gabriel Byrne here: http://www.byrneholics.com/career/television/bracken-1980/ including YouTube links for some episodes.

Not released on VHS or DVD.

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“Brackenmore” (2016) Horror/Thriller

Sophie Hopkins, Bertie Brosnan, Joe Kennard, and D.J.McGrath.

Directors: Chris Kemble, J.P. Davidson.

Filmed on location in County Kerry.

The close-knit community of Brackenmore is harbouring a secret.

After the untimely death of an uncle she never knew she had, Kate (Sophie Hopkins) is forced to return to her ancestral home, a tiny rural village in the South of Ireland. Soon after her arrival she meets Tom (D.J. McGrath), a mysterious young local who helps her to rediscover her long-neglected roots and forget about the anxieties of her life in London.

The longer Kate stays in Brackenmore, the more she begins to realise that the eccentricities of its self-protective residents, suspicious of any newcomers, may be more ominous than she first thought.

A story of festering family history and enigmatic traditions, Brackenmore is a suspenseful thriller that weaves together the exploration of occult ritual with complex human relationships.

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Premiered at the Kerry Film Festival 23/10/2016.

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“Branwen” (1995) (94 mins) S4C TV. Drama.

Morfudd Hughes, Richard Lynch and J.O. Roberts.

Director: Ceri Sherlock.

Production company: Tellesyn Ty Helwick.

Branwen is a passionate Welsh nationalist, while her brother Mathonwy is a British soldier. She meets Kevin, a man who has left his home and Republican family after the death of his father and brother. After their marriage, Branwen persuades Kevin to return to Belfast where she sees the opportunity to be active in the fight against the British. Despite Kevin’s refusal to be drawn back into the Troubles, Branwen helps the cause but the military are on to them following the murder of a British soldier.

Does not appear to be available.

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“Braveheart” (1995) (177 mins) Historical Drama.

Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, James Cosmo, David O’Hara, Angus McFadyen, Peter Henly, James Robinson, Alun Armstrong, Ian Bannen, Sean McGinley, John Kavanagh, Gerald McSorley, Niall O’Brien.

Director: Mel Gibson.

Filmed for the most part in Ireland – County Wicklow – Luggala Estate; the Coronation Plantation, the Sally Gap, Ardmore Studios etc. Elsewhere, King John’s Castle, Trim and Dunsany Castle in County Meath; the Curragh in County Kildare and a host of other locations.

William Wallace (Mel Gibson) is a 13th-century Scottish commoner who unites the various clans against the cruel English King, Edward Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are brutally violent, but they never glorify the bloodshed. 1,500 members of Ireland’s defence forces were used as extras.

A stupendous historical saga, Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Mel Gibson.

Available on VHS and DVD.

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“Breakfast on Pluto” (2005) (128 mins)

Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, Gavin Friday and Liam Neeson. Morgan Jones and Eva Birthistle.

Director: Neil Jordan.

Filmed in Northern Ireland, England, County Wicklow (Powerscourt and Ardmore Studios), County Kilkenny.

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Available on DVD

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“Breed of Heroes, A” (1994) (xxxmins) BBC Northern Ireland. Drama.

Samuel West, Richard Griffiths, Nicholas Farrell, Jonathan Firth, Robert Bathurst, Natascha McElhone.

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence.

Based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Alan Judd. …..Part of “Screen One” series..

Seems to have been shot in England – London and Manchester.

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TV movie about the British army’s initial occupation of Belfast in the early 1970’s. Perhaps no organization in the world has more rigid customs than the British army but they are way out of their depth facing a guerrilla war in a major British city sometimes against women and children. Some of the officers crack, others learn to kill without remorse. A sobering place, without many answers.

It’s 1971. Fresh faced and eager for heroics the young officers arrive in Belfast. Pelted with rocks by kids and sniped at by the IRA, they take refuge in sex, black humour and the weird rituals of the officer’s mess.

Not officially released.

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“Bridget & Eamon” (2016-) RTE 2 TV Comedy 6 episodes

Jennifer Maguire, Bernard O’Shea, Edwin Sammon, Norma Sheahan, Eleanor Tierna, Sharon Mannion, Colum McDonnell.

Production company: Pure Class Productions.

Bridget & Eamon are the typical unhappily married 80s Irish couple. They live somewhere in the Midlands with their indeterminate number of children. Chain-smoking Bridget has notions. She wants the lifestyle from the pages of Woman’s Way but wouldn’t want to think about how much it would cost to heat South Fork.

Judging by the excerpt above and the reviews that I’ve come across online this another to be avoided!

Not available.

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“Broer/Brother” (2016) (111 mins) Thriller

Koen De Bouw, Titus De Voogdt, Koen De Graeve and Alison Doody.

Director: Geoffrey Enthoven.

Writer: Pierre De Clercq.

Production company: Fobic Films.

A Belgian production shot in Belgium and Bantry House, Co.Cork.

Some of the cast and crew on location at Bantry House in West Cork. A stunning location but the YouTube trailer is fairly awful and we can but hope that the movie is better!

In Belgium, former hotel manager Mark Lebeer receives an unexpected invitation from the beautiful, and extremely wealthy, Grace (Alison Doody) to visit her in Ireland to rekindle their love affair from twenty years previously. The invitation is not meant for him, but for his brother Michel, who has helped bankrupt the family hotel and then run off with Mark’s wife. Encouraged by his scheming neighbour Ronnie, Mark decides to impersonate his brother and thus rectify his family finances. However, when Mark and Ronnie arrive in Ireland it seems that Grace has her own dark agenda …

Belgian cinema release in January 2016.

Available on DVD with English subtitles.

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“Broken Harvest” (1994) (101 mins)

Colin Lane, Niall O’Brien, Marian Quinn, Darren McHugh, Joy Florish, Joe Jeffers, Pete O’Reilly, Michael Crowley.

Director: Maurice O’Callaghan.

Screenplay by Maurice Callaghan and Kate O’Callaghan (brother and sister).

Filmed in West Cork also Counties Laois and Wicklow. In the USA – New York.

A moving and dramatic story set in Ireland and New York; Broken Harvest traces an old feud between two neighbours through seventy years of Irish history. Arthur O’Leary (Colin Lane) and his neighbour, Josie (Niall O’Brien), fought each other in the Irish Civil War and fought for the love of Catherine (Marian Quinn). In the 1950’s the old wounds are reopened unwittingly by Arthur’s son, Jimmy (Darren McHugh). The eruption that follows threatens the stability of the whole community with clear echoes of the Northern Ireland conflict.

Available on DVD from Amazon.com – scarce!

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“Bronntanas, An”: The Gift (2014) (200 mins) 5 part TV mini-series.Thriller. Irish language.

Dara Devaney, John Finn, Owen McDonnell, Pól Ó Gríofa, Janusz Sheagall, Michelle Beamish & Charlotte Bradley.

Director: Tom Collins.

Production Cos: Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann and De Facto Films.

Filmed in Connemara, County Galway.

Budget: €2 million.

A contemporary thriller set against the backdrop of the rugged Connemara coastline and the dramatic lives of a local lifeboat crew.

On a stormy night, the crew is called out on a rescue mission. When they find the endangered boat, they come across a single crew member, murdered and handcuffed to the steering wheel and a cargo of over €1 million worth of drugs

At a time of bleak recession and funding cutbacks, this unexpected windfall seems too good to leave behind or report. They decide to keep the drugs for their own financial gain. As a result, their lives spiral into a world of paranoia, violence and tragedy. The ‘gift’ they’ve found changes everything and things spiral out of control in ways no one intended or could have foreseen.

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“Bronte” (1983) (88 mins) Drama. RTE.

Julie Harris.

Director: Delbert Mann.

Harris flies solo as Charlotte Bronte in this noble, if stagey attempt at recreating the great writer’s life. An unusual one woman film shot on location in Ireland.

Not available.

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Brooklyn (2015) – Romantic Drama.

Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

Director: John Crowley.

Scriptwriter: Nick Hornby.

Production Company: Wildgaze Films, Parallel Film Productions, Irish Film Board.

Shot on location in Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford and the USA.

Brooklyn is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Irish author Colm Tóibín and tells the story of a young woman Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) who emigrates from 1950s Ireland to America to find work. While there she falls in love and marries an Italian plumber called Tony. However, she is forced to return home to Ireland when her sister dies unexpectedly. Leaving her new husband behind, she arrives back in Enniscorthy and soon slips back into the social scene among friends and potential suitors who don’t know of her married status….

Available on DVD.

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“Broth of a Boy” (1959) (77 mins) Aka “The Big Birthday“.

Barry Fitzgerald, Tony Wright, June Thorburn, Harry Brogan, Marie Kean, Dermot Kelly and Godfrey Quigley.

Director: George Pollock.

The last film performance of Barry Fitzgerald.

Filmed at Ardmore Studios, Bray, Co.Wicklow.

A British TV producer finds the oldest man in the world living in Ireland and tries to get him onto his TV show.

Not available.

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“Brylcreem Boys, The” (1996) (106 mins) Wartime Drama.

Bill Campbell, William McNamara, Jean Butler, Gabriel Byrne, and Angus MacFadyen.

Director: Terence Ryan.

Screenplay by Terence Ryan, Jamie Brown & Susan Morrall.

Set in Ireland during World War .II. but filmed on the Isle of Man.

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War drama, loosely based on a true story. During the Second World War, two enemy pilots (Bill Campbell and Angus Macfayden) are shot down in the skies over Ireland. Both survive their crashes and are shocked to discover that their Irish prisoner of war camp is non-partisan, with all nationalities and ranks being imprisoned together. They are further taken aback when they are told that the easy-going Commandant O’Brien (Gabriel Byrne) will allow them trips to the races and the local pubs, as long as they promise not to escape. Relations between the pilots are already strained, and when a beautiful local girl Mattie (Jean Butler) catches the eye of both men, the simmering resentment threatens to explode into violence. But Mattie has other ideas, and forces both men to confront their hatred and their naive perception of the enemy.

Available on DVD.

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“Burke Enigma, The” (1978) (225 mins) Crime Drama. 5 episodes. RTE.1. TV series.

Ray McAnally, John Kavanagh, Donal McCann and Emmet Bergin.

Director: Brian MacLochlainn.

Filmed in County Dublin and Bray.

The sudden death of the matriarch of Dublin’s most violent crime family – the Burkes – in mysterious circumstances, spurs two disparate Garda officers to work together in an attempt to smash the family’s hold on the city. The younger of the officers, Det.Sgt.Tony Hannon (John Kavanagh), is related by marriage to the family, though this hardly tempers his savagery in meeting force with force. The other, Det.Insp. McGettigan (Ray McAnally), approaches the investigation with resolution and the fearless brilliance of a chess master.

* This was Ireland’s first crime series, was a major critical and ratings success, universally noted as a landmark drama production.

Not available.

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“Burning of Wild Goose Lodge, The” (2016) (135 mins) Historical Drama.

John Connors, Dave Duffy, Finbar Furey, Joe Rooney.

Directors: Paul Macardle, William Martin.

Filmed in County Louth – Carrickmacross …

In April 1816, an attempted armed robbery took place at a farm on the Louth/Monaghan border known as Wild Goose Lodge, which led to the trial and execution of three men – Patrick Shanley, Philip Conlon and Michael Tiernan – for their part. The three were part of an agrarian movement known as ‘The Ribbonmen’ that were responsible for attacks on large farms, land agents, informers etc. in the area.

In October the same year, the lodge was surrounded by around 100 Ribbonmen and set alight in an act of revenge. The eight occupants of the building at the time – including a five month old infant- all died. The film covers the robbery, the arson attack and the subsequent trial and execution of 18 men. Many of those executed were innocent, but the authorities were determined to put down agrarian unrest and made an example of the accused men.

Available…….?

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“Butcher Boy, The” (1997) (110 mins) Drama.

Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens, Sinead O’Connor, Alan Boyle, Aisling O’Sullivan and Brendan Gleeson.

Director: Neil Jordan.

Filmed in Clones, County Monaghan; Warrenpoint, County Down; County Dublin and Ardmore Studios, Bray, County Wicklow.

In a small Irish town in the 1950s, Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) and his best friend Joe (Alan Boyle) play the usual childhood fantasy games of cowboys and adventurers. But outside their children’s play real life is far less appealing for Francie.

His father (Stephen Rea) is the town drunk and his mother (Aisling O’Sullivan) is drifting into madness – and a nosy, malicious neighbour, Mrs.Nugent (Fiona Shaw), torments Francie with his family’s troubles every chance she gets.

As Francie’s family falls apart, the boy retreats into the fragmented comic-book world of his solitary dreams. Shunned and scorned by the people of the town, and ultimately estranged from Joe his only friend, Francie’s frustration at the cruelty of the world finally explodes with shocking and violent consequences.

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD.

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“Byeways of Fate, The” (1917) Silent. Comedy.

Nora Clancy.

Director: J.M. Kerrigan.

Produced by the Film Company of Ireland.

Not available.

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“Byzantium” (2012) (118 mins) Horror.

Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley and Jonny Lee Miller.

Director: Neil Jordan.

Filmed in Ireland – Ardmore Studios, Bray, County Wicklow; County Cork – Beara; County Dublin. Also in England – Hastings, East Sussex.

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Upon the windswept shores of a desolate coastal town stands the Byzantium guesthouse. After years of being abandoned, its doors are about to be opened again by the predatory and seductive Clara (Gemma Arterton), who plans on turning the hotel into a brothel, and her young and introverted daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan). But these mysterious women have a dark secret that goes back 200 years and which is about to reach its ungodly and deathly climax.

Available on DVD.

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