For the day that’s in it, begorrah! With the World and his Wife talking about this new “Oirish” production today it looks sets to become another iconic film in the best traditions of “The Quiet Man“. The people of Mayo are certainly more than happy with the portrayal of their county as will be the suits at Failte Eireann. Judging from the trailer, it is best watched with a good deal of alcohol onboard. You be the judge. There’s a cinema release in December but I’m not sure whether that’s for the USA or Ireland.
I haven’t watched much television, apart from rugby in my local, since the introduction of Saorview in 2011 and as a result missed this mini-series. I have just added it to the blog today and watched the trailer; looks good and I shall be picking up a copy of the DVD soon. A second series has been filming in Ireland this Autumn.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.