Page updated 14/10/2020

“Caveat” (2020) added.

“Cal” (1984) (102 mins) Thriller.

Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Donal McCann, John Kavanagh, Ray McAnally, Tom Hickey.

Director: Pat O’Connor.

Based on a novel by Bernard MacLaverty.

Filmed in Drogheda, County Louth and Navan, County Meath.

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A harrowing, sensitive love story set against the background of the Northern Ireland conflict..

Cal (John Lynch) is 19, frightened and lonely. He has no stomach for the violence surrounding him but his past leaves him little hope for escape. Marcella (Helen Mirren) is a librarian widowed by IRA bullets – and to whose husband’s murder Cal was a reluctant accessory. Each lives in a world of loneliness until they tentatively reach out and find each other.

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD – scarce!

“Calm With Horses”  (2020) (100 mins)  Drama.

Barry Keoghan, Cosmo Jarvis, Niamh Algar and David Wilmot.

Director: Nick Rowland.

Filmed in the West of Ireland.

In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack. Torn between these two families, Arm’s loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

Filmed in the West of Ireland.

Due in Irish cinemas March 2020.

“Calvary”  (2014) (100 mins)  Comedy/Thriller. Turkey 1Turkey 1Turkey 1

Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran and Isaach de Bankolé.

Director: John Michael McDonagh.

Co-production Reprisal Films and Octagon Films.

Set in Sligo, and filmed in County Sligo with some additional shooting in Rush, Co.Dublin.


Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), is the parish priest of a small village in rural Ireland. During confession one Sunday, an unseen local informs Father James of his plan to kill him as a way of gaining retribution for abuse he suffered as a young boy at the hands of another priest. Left with only seven days to make his peace, Father James continues to minister to those within his community while trying to track down his potential killer. Through his exchanges with the locals, which include a cuckolded butcher (Chris O’Dowd), a wealthy businessman (Dylan Moran) and an atheistic doctor (Aidan Gillen), he comes to realise that the institution to which he has dedicated his life is becoming obsolete, causing him to doubt the validity of his own faith as sinister forces close in.

Available on DVD.

“Camelot”  (2011) (500 mins) Fantasy/Drama.10 part TV series.

Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Eva Green, Tamsin Egerton, Claire Forlani, Sinéad Cusack.

Co-produced by by the Starz cable network and GK-TV.

Dropped after Season.1.

Filmed in Ireland – County Wicklow: Wicklow Mountains, Lough Tay, Brittas Bay, Powerscourt Estate, Kilruddery House and Ardmore Studios.


In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther’s unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new king, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur’s harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination. Forget everything you think you know…this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.

Available on DVD

“Canal, The”  (2014) (92 mins) Horror Thriller

Rupert Evans, Hannah Koekstra, Carl, Shaaban, Antonia Campbell-Hughes.

Writer/Director: Ivan Kavanagh.

Filmed in Dublin.

Film archivist David (Rupert Evans) has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) has been cheating on him with Alex (Carl Shaaban), one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David’s work partner Claire (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. Becoming progressively more unsettled and unhinged, David begins to believe that a spectral presence is in his house and ends up following his wife to a nearby canal, where he discovers that she is indeed having an affair with Alex. When Alice goes missing shortly afterwards, David contacts the police- only to become the prime suspect in her disappearance. As the police grow more convinced that David has murdered his wife, he struggles to find proof of his growing suspicion that something otherworldly was instead responsible.

Available on DVD.

“Cancer” (1976) (70 mins) Drama. RTE TV movie.

J.G. Devlin, Louis Rolston, Wesley Murphy, Denis Brennan, Michael Duffy, Joe McPartland, John McBride, Emmet Bergin, Derek Young, Liam O’Callaghan, Patricia Martin, May Ollis, John McDarby.

Producer: Deirdre Friel.

Filmed in Co.Fermanagh.

The first in a trilogy of plays “Victims” written by Eugene McCabe –  see also “Heritage” and “Siege”.

Not available.

“Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope” (2016) (6 x 23 mins) RTE Comedy Drama series

Seána Kerslake, Nika McGuigan, Amy Huberman, Muiris Crowley and Laurence O’Fuarain.

Some say it caused the recession, Coppers getting its own ATM. It’s certainly put a dent in the bank accounts of Aisling O’ Dowd (Seana Kerslake) and Danielle Mullane (Nika McGuigan). Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope is a darkly comic drama detailing the unravelling of a friendship between two co-dependent young women as the hangover wears off and their lives and priorities begin to radically diverge.

Filmed on location in Dublin city.

First aired RTE – October 2016.

Available on Amazon streaming service.

“Captain Boycott” (1947) (92 mins) Historical Drama.

Stewart Granger, Kathleen Ryan, Cecil Parker, Alistair Sims, Noel Purcell, Mervyn Johns, Robert Donat, Joe Linnane.

Director.: Frank Launder.

Based upon a novel by Philip Rooney.

A unit of the Irish Army acts in the film.

Filmed in Counties Wicklow, Westmeath and Mayo (Lough Mask).

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In late 19th-century Ireland, Captain Boycott (Cecil Parker), land agent for the Earl of Erne, evicts tenants who cannot pay their full rent due to poor crops. Hugh Davin (Stewart Granger), inspired by a speech by Charles Stewart Parnell (Robert Donat, in a cameo), convinces the local townspeople to completely shun Boycott. No one will work in his home, harvest his crops, or sell him goods. Eventually Boycott is forced to leave the country and a new word enters the English language.

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD – scarce!

Also as a ‘Manufactured on Demand’ DVD from Amazon.com

“Captain Lightfoot” (1955) (91 mins) Drama.

Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow, Finlay Currie, Kathleen Ryan, Denis O’Dea.

Director: Douglas Sirk.

From the novel by Philip Rooney.

Some interesting information about the making of the movie here: “The Rock Hudson Project”

Filmed in Counties Dublin, Louth, Meath – Trim Castle, and Powerscourt House – Wicklow.

Captain Lightfoot

Available from Amazon.com on DVD – scarce!

Full movie available on YouTube here. – 16/1/2018.

“Cardboard Gangsters” (2017) (90 mins) Drama/Crime Turkey 1Turkey 1Turkey 1

John Connors, Fionn Walton, Kierston Wareing, Jimmy Smallhorne, Paul Alwright, Ryan Lincoln.

Director: Mark O’Connor.

Jay Connolly (John Connors), is a part-time DJ and low level drug dealer in Darndale, an area victimized by gangs, drugs and social problems. When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time to enter the big league with his gang, in order to help settle his family’s debts. His actions attract the attention of Sean Murphy, the son of the local drug kingpin Derra Murphy (Jimmy Smallhorne), who rules Darndale with an iron fist and has no problems eliminating any potential rivals.

Jay knows he’s playing a dangerous game but plans to make just enough money to settle his family’s debts, get out of Darndale, and move to Spain with his pregnant girlfriend.  Events spiral out of control when Jay becomes involved with Derra’s wife, and his gang are thrust into harm’s way. Jay is left with a momentous choice to be made: to exact revenge, or turn the other cheek.

Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2016.

Available on DVD.

“Casey’s Millions” (1922) Comedy

Jimmy O’Dea, Nan Fitzgerald, Fred Jeffs (real name Arthur O’Connor).

Director: John MacDonagh.

Produced by Irish Photo-Plays Ltd.

Not available.

“Casino Royale” (1966) (130 mins) Comedy/Thriller.

David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, George Raft, Woody Allen, Peter O’Toole, Charles Boyer, William Holden, John Huston, Ursula Andress, Joanna Pettet, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset.

Directors: John Huston (38 min), Val Guest (26 min), Ken Hughes (25 min), Joseph McGrath (26 min), and Robert Parrish (20 min). The film used five directors, each for a different segment.

Screenplay by Wolf Mankowitz from the novel in which Ian Fleming introduced his character, James Bond.

John Huston filmed at Glencree in County Wicklow and Killeen Castle in County Meath.

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A spoof on James Bond movies.

Available on VHS and DVD.

“Casualty of War, A” (1989) (96 mins) Made for TV movie. Turkey 1 Turkey 1 Turkey 1

David Threlfall, Shelley Hack and Amanda Burton.

Director: Tom Clegg.

Based on a story by Frederick Forsyth.

Filmed in England, Germany and Yugoslavia.


After the 1986 American air strike on his headquarters, Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi decides to retaliate against Britain for allowing their airbases to be used in the operation. Gaddafi plans to ship a large quantity of sophisticated armaments to the IRA as a gift in return for their undertaking attacks against targets on the British mainland. Former SAS man Tom Rowse (David Threlfall), now a writer, is reluctantly persuaded to return to service and travels to Libya to try and foil the plot.

Verdict: A poor cast and poor direction make this one to avoid.

Available on DVD and as a newspaper promo DVD.

“Catalpa Rescue, The” (2007) (55 mins) TV Docudrama.

Phelim Drew, Ronan Leahy and Ian Bliss.

Director: Lisa Harney.

Produced for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, PBS and RTE.

Aka “Irish Escape” and “The Great Irish Escape”.

Filmed in Australia – Perth, Western Australia and New South Wales.


The Catalpa Rescue is the extraordinary story of the daring rescue of six Irish Fenian rebels from a notoriously brutal penal colony in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1876. It caused an international sensation at the time and has since become one of the most celebrated maritime incidents of all time. At the centre is an unlikely American hero – the quiet Quaker George Smith Anthony, who, as captain of the Catalpa, risked his life to sail all the way across the world to bring the rebels back to freedom in the United States amid scenes of wild public celebration.

Released on Region 4 DVD (Australia & New Zealand).

The full movie is available on YouTube here.

“Catholics” (1973) (78 mins) Drama. Made for TV.

Trevor Howard, Cyril Cusack, Raf Vallone, Martin Sheen, Andrew Keir, Michael Gambon, Leon Vitale.

Director: Jack Gold.

Scriptwriter: Brian Moore based upon his own novel of the same name.

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Controversial for its time, Catholics stars Trevor Howard in a powerhouse performance as the Abbot in charge of a remote monastery off the southwest coast of Ireland. In defiance of an edict from Rome, the Abbot and his monks, elect to travel to the Irish mainland in order to celebrate the Mass in Latin. Refusing to bow down to Papal pressure and use English for their Mass, the monks soon become celebrated amongst orthodox Catholics and Ireland becomes a place of international pilgrimage. 

Alarmed by the Abbot’s populist move, Rome acts to quell the dissent when The Father General (Raf Vallone) sends his representative Father Kinsella (Martin Sheen) to force the Abbot to cease the Latin masses or be transferred to another position.

Available on DVD.

“Caught in a Free State” (1984) Channel 4/RTE. 4 part TV mini-series.

Götz Burger, Benno Hoffmann, Peter Jankovsky, John Kavanagh and Niall Tobin.

Director: Peter Ormrod.

Writer: Brian Lynch.

This series was a co-production and due to copyright issues is unlikely to see a DVD release. Ref: RTE 21/8/14.

Not available.

“Caveat” (2020) (85 mins) Horror/Thriller

Ben Caplan, Jonathan French, Leila Sykes, Inma Pavon, Conor Dwane.

Writer/Director: Damian Mc Carthy

Some filming at Bantry House, Co.Cork.

A lone drifter, Isaac, suffering from partial memory loss accepts a job from his old landlord Barrett, to look after his niece Olga, a psychologically troubled woman living in an abandoned house on an isolated island. When Barrett convinces Isaac to confine his movements to the house and leaves the two of them alone a game of cat and mouse ensues with Isaac fighting to survive amid the terrifying resurgence of his own memory.

“Cellar Door” (2018) (90 mins) Drama

Karen Hassan, Catherine Walker, Mark O’Halloran.

Writer/Director: Viko Nikci.

Racing from young love to tortured loss and back again, this story follows Aidie – a fighter inside and out – as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church. With a unique point of view on a familiar trauma, Cellar Door cuts deep into the character’s subjective experience – and exploration of love regained and loss relived.

Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 13th July, 2018.

“Celtic Riddle, The” (2003) (88 mins) Episode from “Murder She Wrote” TV series

Angela Lansbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Tegan West, Cyril O’Reilly, Andrew Connolly…

Director: Anthony Shaw.

Teleplay Writers: Rosemary Anne Sisson and Bruce Lansbury.

Filmed in Ireland and the USA – California.

Jessica is invited to a will reading in Ireland and is surprised when she finds out what the bequest is. The family is riven with competing personalities, and a clause in the will requires all of them to work together to discover where the treasure is hidden. It’s not long before the bodies start to turn up…

Available as part of 4-episode DVD collection.

“Charlie” (2014) (270 mins) 3-part RTE TV drama

Aidan Gillen, Gavin O’Connor, Peter O’Meara, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Peter Gowen, Marcus Lamb, Lucy Cohu.

Written by Colin Teevan.

Production company: Element Pictures.

Shot in Dublin. €4.5 million budget.


Charles J Haughey (Aidan Gillen) navigates the corridors of power from the Dáil to the grand salons of Europe as he does battle with political players both close to home and abroad. Across the trilogy, Charlie makes friends and enemies while forging powerful alliances. Always there for him is his friend and eventual press secretary, PJ Mara (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), a match for Charlie’s ambition, wit and flair. George Colley (Peter Gowen) locks horns with Charlie as he makes a bid for the party leadership while Des O’Malley (Marcus Lamb), maintains the internal opposition to Charlie. Terry Keane is played by Lucy Cohu.

The drama opens in 1979 when Charles Haughey was Minister for Health, championed by a close circle of allies, he confounds his critics and succeeds in his bid to become Taoiseach. The series continues as he seizes his opportunity to regain power and lead Ireland on the world stage, but domestic complications conspire to bring him down. The concluding episode sees his bid for absolute power as his enemies circle.

Co-funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.

Aired on RTE December 2014.

Available on DVD.

“Charlie Casanova” (2010) (94 mins) Crime.

Emmett Scanlan, Leigh Arnold and Valeria Bandino.

Director: Terry McMahon.

Low budget – €500,000.

Shot on location in County Dublin.


Poster boy for the ruling class, Charlie Barnum (Emmett Scanlan) has it all, the perfect wife, the property portfolio and the loyalty of his best friend. The fact that Charlie requires Viagra to have sex with his wife, is losing his properties, and has seduced his best friend’s wife, means nothing to Charlie, because Charlie is living on dangerously borrowed time. An innocent working-class girl is killed in a hit and run, and, as the blood pours from her injuries, Charlie, the man who knocked her down, consults his deck of playing cards and chooses to abdicate responsibility for all future deeds. Lies become truths, reality becomes fantasy, and, as Charlie embroils the three comfortable couples in the ugly excesses and sanctimonious prejudices of his new found power, they discover some deeply disturbing truths about each other. Employing dangerously subversive, provocatively dark, and satirically disturbing humour. Director, Terry McMahon on Imdb.

Available on DVD.

“Chasing Leprechauns” (2012) (83 mins) Romance/Comedy. Hallmark Channel TV movie.

Adrian Pasdar, Amy Huberman, Kate Stanley Brennan, Terry Byrne.

Directed by Kevin O’Connor.

Filmed in Redcross, County Wicklow.


Michael Garrett (Adrian Pasdar), a New York corporate troubleshooter, is ready for a well-deserved vacation from his stressful job. But his demanding boss has other ideas, and sends Michael on an unusual assignment: to travel to a small town in Ireland to close a deal on a construction site that is believed to be inhabited by leprechauns. Needing to find a way around an antiquated law in the town, Michael sets out to get the approval of the town’s resident leprechaun expert, local pub owner Sarah Cavanaugh (Amy Huberman), and soon finds that is easier said than done. Sarah believes the land is inhabited by leprechauns, and won’t sign Michael’s building permit.

With a little help from the locals, Michael tries to win over Sarah by acquainting himself with the town’s customs. But when he unexpectedly falls in love, he must get luck on his side and his boss off his back. Can Michael find a way to win Sarah’s heart and still close the deal, or will the local leprechaun legend leave him with nothing?

Full movie on YouTube here: Chasing Leprechauns

Unofficial DVD copies are also available.

“Cherrybomb” (2009) (86 mins) Thriller.

Rupert Grint, Kimberley Nixon, Robert Sheehan and James Nesbitt.

Directors: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn.

Filmed in Belfast and Valley Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey.


Best friends Luke (Robert Sheehan) and Malachy (Rupert Grint) are finally ready to enjoy their summer – until the stunning and mysterious Michelle (Kimberley Nixon)  moves into town with plans of her own. As she seductively encourages a ruthless competition for her heart, Michelle tests the limits of Luke and Malachy’s friendship, and how far each of them is willing to go to win her over. What started off as an uneventful and relaxing vacation soon transforms into a wild ride of drinking, drugs and sex – with potentially fatal consequences.

Available on DVD.

“Children in the Crossfire” (1984) (100 mins) TV Drama.

Julia Duffy, Charles Haid, David Huffman, Karen Valentine.

Director: George Schaefer.

Children in the Crossfire

For many children in Northern Ireland, violence and hatred are a way of life passed from one generation to the next. In Children in the Crossfire four children, two from each side of the conflict in Belfast, are brought to America through a special project, and discover each other during a summer away from the ethnic problems of their homeland. A sequel to “A War of Children”.

Available on Amazon and eBay on VHS and as a Region.1. DVD (2005).

Children Of A Darker Dawn (2012) (106 mins) Post-Apocalypse/Horror.

Catherine Wrigglesworth, Adam Tyrrell and Emily Forster.

Writer/Director: Jason Figgis.

Aka “Railway Children”.

Production Co: October Eleven Pictures Ltd.

Shot in Dublin and Wicklow.

Children of a Darker Dawn

The world has been devastated by a virus that has decimated the adult population leaving small children and teenagers to roam the scarred landscape attempting to form some kind of society with dramatic and violent results. Sisters Evie (Catherine Wrigglesworth) and Fran (Emily Forster) have been travelling from town to town, gathering food and finding accommodation as they move from place to place. They keep to themselves; Evie reading chapters from Edith Nesbit’s classic children’s story ‘The Railway Children’ to her little sister in an attempt to bring a sense of normality to their bleak existence – the novel was a favourite bedtime read as both girls were growing up. Finding overnight shelter in a derelict building, the sisters soon settle down only to be awoken by shouts from another room. – Written by the Director.

Available on DVD.

“Children of the North” (1991) (220 mins) Thriller. 4 part BBC mini-series.

Lynda Steadman, Gerard Bostock, Tony Doyle, Adrian Dunbar, John Kavanagh, Patrick Malahide.

Directed by David Drury.

Written by John Hale.

Based on the trilogy by M.S. Power.

A four-part tale of deceit and betrayal begins when two MI6 officers are shot dead in an unmarked car. Assassination attempts, money laundering operations and peace talks all feature prominently as hitman Martin Deeley (Adrian Dunbar) is simultaneously chased by members of the IRA, the RUC and the army.

Episode 1 – The Killing of Yesterday’s Children

Episode 2 – Lonely the Man Without Heroes

Episode 3 – City of Maloch

Episode 4 – A Darkness in the Eye

Does not appear to have had a VHS/DVD release.

Tiny Vimeo clip here: www.troublesarchive.com

“Child’s Voice, A” (1978) (30 mins) A ghost story.

Stephen Brennan, T.P. McKenna and R.D.Smith.

Director: Kieran Hickey.

Written by: David Thompson.

Not available.

“Christmas Star, A” (2015) (82 mins) Family Drama

Robert James-Collier, Bronagh Waugh, Suranne Jones and Erin Galway-Kendrick.

Writer/Director: Richard Elson.

Shot in Northern Ireland – Belfast and Glenarm, Co.Antrim.

Christmas Star DVD

Narrated by Liam Neeson and featuring appearances from Pierce Brosnan and Kylie Minogue. A Christmas Star is set in Northern Ireland.

Born under the Christmas Star, Noelle believes she has the gift to perform miracles, so when conniving developer Pat McKerrod threatens her peaceful life she and her friends determine to use this gift to thwart his plans and save their village.

Available on DVD.

“Christmas Tree, The” (1986) (83 mins) Drama. TV movie.

Anna Massey, Simon Callow and T.P. McKenna.

Director: Herbert Wise.

Based on the novel by Jennifer Johnston.

Production company: Yorkshire Television.

When Constance (Anna Massey) becomes fatally ill she returns to her native Dublin. There she pieces together the phantoms from her past. She awaits with longing the arrival of Jacob (Simon Callow), a Polish Jew who became her lover and the father of her child during a brief affair in Italy.


Does not appear to be available.

“Le Ciel est Bleu” (1971) (90 mins) Romance. French language.

Frédéric de Pasquale and Alexandra Stewart.

Director: Serge Leroy.

Some filming in County Dublin.

Nicholas is a conscience-stricken international news photographer. Revolted by what he has seen in wars in Africa and Indochina, he leaves his job and his girlfriend to do sports coverage. While covering a rugby match between the French and Irish teams in Ireland, he runs into an ex-American girlfriend, and their affair begins again. As she is very down-to-earth, she helps him begin to sort things out.

Not available.

“Circles of Deceit: The Wolves are Howling” (1994) (98 mins) Thriller. Thames Television.

Dennis Waterman, Peter Vaughan, Derek Jacobi, Clare Higgins and Tony Doyle.

Director: Geoffrey Sax.

Scriptwriter: Wesley Burrowes.

Part.1. of a four part series – the only one set in Ireland – featuring Denis Waterman as John Neil an SAS Falklands veteran talked out of retirement to work for British Intelligence.

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SAS officer John Neil (Denis Waterman) is called back into service two years after terrorists killed his wife and five-year-old son. His assignment – to assume the identity of Jackie O’Connell, an IRA volunteer recently killed in a car crash.

IRA Brigade Commander Liam McAuley (Peter Vaughan) holds the key to information about a shipment of arms headed for the Province. Before Neil can gain McAuley’s trust, he must convince O’Connell’s estranged family that he is who he claims to be.

His mission is jeopardized when he falls in love with McAuley’s widowed daughter Eilish (Clare Higgins) who has grown weary of the cycle of violence that has devastated her family.

Some confusion with this one – the DVD covers calls it Circles of Deceit and the VHS cover Circle – singular!

Available on its own on VHS (rare) and on a Region.1. DVD along with three other episode in the series – scarce.

“Circle of Friends” (1995) (102 mins) Drama

Chris O’Donnell, Minnie Driver, Colin Firth, Saffron Burrows, Geraldine O’Rawe, Mick Lally, John Kavanagh, Tony Doyle and Tom Hickey.

Director: Pat O’Connor.

Based upon the novel by Maeve Binchy.

Filmed in Ireland, County Kilkenny – Inistioge, Thomastown and Kilkenny; also in Dublin City; in England – Buckinghamshire.

Circle of Friends

For everyone who ever thought the person they loved was out of their reach – sometimes dreams do come true! Set in 1950’s Ireland, friends Benny Hogan (Minnie Driver) and her best friend, Eve Malone (Geraldine O’Rawe) eagerly escape their dull hometown to attend college in Dublin, where their education really begins. Here they reunite with their childhood friend, the ice-cool Nan Mahon (Saffron Burrows), the ‘college belle’, and meet the handsome Jack Foley (Chris O’Donnell) star of the rugby team whom Benny quickly falls for…

Available on VHS and DVD. Also newspaper promo DVD.

“Citadel” (2012) (84 mins) Horror.

James Cosmo, Aneurin Barnard and Wunmi Mosaku.

Director: Ciaran Foy.

Production companies: Blinder Films/Irish Film Board/Sigma Films.

Filmed in Glasgow and Dublin??


Tommy Cowley is a young father afflicted by chronic agoraphobia since his wife was brutally attacked by a gang of twisted feral children. Trapped in the dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown, he finds himself terrorised by the same gang, who now seem intent on taking his baby daughter. Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, Tommy sets out to learn the nightmarish truth surrounding these hooded children. He also discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most – the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel.

Available on DVD.


“City of Ember” (2008) (90 mins) Sci-Fi.

Saoirse Ronan, David Ryall, Bill Murray, Toby Jones,  Harry Treadaway, Tim Robbins and Martin Landau.

Based on the book by Jeanne Duprau.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast.

City of Ember DVD

Available on DVD.

“Clash of the Ash” (1987) (50 mins) Drama.

Liam Heffernan, Gina Moxley, Alan Devlin, Vinny Murphy, Michael McAuliffe and Kay Rae Malone.

Director/Writer: Fergus Tighe.

Filmed in Fermoy, County Cork.

Phil Kelly (Liam Heffernan), Leaving Certificate student and angry young star of the local hurling team prefers the cider-drinking company of his mate Martin (Vinnie McCabe) and Martin’s glamorous girl-friend Mary (Gina Moxley) to the camaraderie of the sports field. His frustration with small-town life and with other people’s determination to plan his life for him ultimately drives him away.

Good synopsis with pictures here: http://wheresgrandad.wordpress.com/tag/cork/

Was released on VHS but no longer available.

Full movie on YouTube – above.

“Class A” (2016) (81 mins) Crime/Thriller

John D’Alessandro, Aaron Blake, Sohaila Lindheim, Justine O’Rourke, Callan Cummins, Saoirse Doyle, Joe Byrne, Tommy O’Neill, Ryan Lincoln, Ger Kellett, Dean Sherlock, Troy Ryan, Seafra O’Rourke, Ryan Gaffney.

Writer/Director: Stephen Gaffney.

Low budget.

Shot in Co. Dublin – Cabra and Swords.

Independent feature film about two drug dealers who get blackmailed by a corrupt detective.

Available from Amazon Prime here.

“Clean Break” (2015) (208 mins) 4 part TV Drama for RTÉ

Adam Fergus, Aidan McArdle, Simone Kirby, Damien Molony, Kelly Thornton, Amybeth McNulty and Ned Dennehy.

Directors: Gillies MacKinnon and Damien O’Donnell.

Written by Billy Roche

Produced for RTÉ by Octagon Films and 152 Productions and co-funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.

Shot on location in Wexford Town.

Clean Break RTE

A tangled web of revenge, murder, kidnapping and post-Celtic Tiger blues combine nicely in this mini-series. Good to see drama being made outside Dublin, and there are enough loose ends here to run to a second season.

First episode broadcast on RTÉ 25/9/2015.

Available on DVD.

“Clinic, The” (2003-2009) (55 hours) TV Medical Drama. (7 seasons)

Aisling O’Sullivan, David Wilmot, Dominic Mafham, Gemma Craven, Gary Lydon, Geraldine Plunkett, Liam Cunningham and Amy Huberman.

Filmed in County Dublin.


The Clinic

This Multi-Award winning medical drama first hit Irish screens in 2003. Proving an immediate hit with both audience and critics alike, it became a flagship for RTE drama in the ‘noughties’. The Clinic explored the inner workings of a modern-day Dublin medical centre through an eclectic mix of characters led by Dr. Cathy Costello (Aisling O’Sullivan), an ambitiously driven GP and her husband Dr. Ed Costello (David Wilmot), along with a whole team of medical practitioners.

When Dan Woodhouse (Dominic Mafham), Plastic Surgeon and loveable rogue arrives on the doorstep, the fireworks ignite, work ethics are questioned and relationships become strained as poor rookie receptionist Daisy (Amy Huberman) gets caught in the crossfire. The Clinic didn’t just deal with cutting edge medical stories, it delved into the personal lives of the practitioners who were often in need of more healing than their patients.

Available on DVD.

“Closer You Get, The”  (2000) (93 mins) Comedy.

Ian Hart, Sean McGinley, Niamh Cusack, Ruth McCabe, Ewan Stewart, Pat Shortt.

Director: Aileen Ritchie.

Aka “American Women” (USA).


Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village. The whole town knows about the ad, and it sharpens everyone’s sense of the opportunities for happiness already at hand. Kate, a publican with a young daughter, is separating from her husband and catches the eye of a bachelor sheep farmer. Kieran the butcher realizes that his assistant Siobhan is comely, and then he discovers she’s fiery as well. Ollie sends off for Dutch skin magazines that the village postmistress won’t release to him. The men, and women, find counsel in their movie-loving priest. Will anyone answer the ad?

Available on Amazon.com VHS (scarce) and DVD.

“Closing the Ring” (2007) (117 mins) Drama.

Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton, Stephen Amell, Neve Campbell, Pete Postlethwaite, Brenda Fricker, Gregory Smith and Martin McCann.

Director: Richard Attenborough.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast and Canada – Ontario.

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In 1943, a dying gunner, who was in a crash involving a United States B-17, gives a ring to a local to return to his girlfriend in the USA. Fifty years later, a man finds the ring and tracks down the girlfriend and the history of this ring. Set in Belfast and Michigan.

Available on DVD.

“Colleen Bawn, The” (1911) 

Brian MacGowan, Sidney Olcott, Agnes Mapes, Alice Hollister, J.P. McGowan, Gene Gauntier, Jack Clark.

Director: Sidney Olcott.

Based upon the 1860 play of the same title by Dion Boucicault, which was possibly the most popular play in Ireland in the 19th century. See: “The Lily of Killarney,” a 1929 adaptation of the same play by Boucicault.

Filmed in Ireland by a U.S. production company.

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In Ireland, a defrocked priest secretly ‘marries’ Eily O’Connor, a beautiful young peasant woman, to Hardress Cregan, her family’s landlord who is impoverished. While Eily awaits the public announcement of their marriage, Hardress’ mother puts pressure on him to marry Anne Chute, a wealthy aristocrat. Although Eily thinks that she is married, she continues a flirtation with her friend Myles na Coppaleen. At one point, Danny Mann, Hardress’ half-witted employee, attempts to drown Eily.

Available on “The O’Kalem Collection” DVD.

“Collider” (2013) (79 mins) Drama/Sci-Fi.

Iain Robertson, Bella Heesom, Jamie Maclachlan, Lucy Cudden, Teresa Tavares and Marco Costa.

Director: Jason Butler.

Low budget.

Shot on location in Kildare and Dublin.

The story focuses on a young scientist Peter, who sabotages CERN laboratories Hadron Collider when his credibility is wrongfully destroyed. By doing so he accidentally transports himself via a wormhole to a world ruined by natural disasters and at war with the Unknown. He brings with him five people who have ‘jumped’ from different times and different places, but who each hold vital clues needed to return back to their present times. Peter keeps getting flashbacks and a sense of déjà vu linked to the future. If he’s right then he has just 24 hours to figure out a way to get to CERN, reverse the wormhole and prevent the apocalypse because when the clock runs out so does Earth’s existence. – From official site www.colliderworld.com

Irish cinema release January 2014.

Not released on DVD yet.

“Colonel Blood” (1934) (98 mins) Drama.

Frank Cellier, Anne Grey and Mary Lawson.

Director: W.P. Lipscomb.

Aka “La torre di Londra” (Italy).

Filmed in Sound City, Shepperton, Surrey, England.

In 1670, Thomas Blood arrives in London from Ireland to try to interest the Court in the plight of his fellow countrymen. To that end, he kidnaps the Duke of Ormonde whom he considers his country’s oppressor and endeavours to hang him at Tyburn Tree. The attempt is only just frustrated by the arrival of the Duke’s son, Ossory, who challenges Blood to a duel. Defeated and made mock of in the duel by the audacious Irishman, Ossory dares him to come to Court. Blood takes him at his word and by sheer impudence appears before Charles II. The King, ever ready for a new diversion, takes a kindly interest in the Irishman, and befriends him until he finds that Blood is taking considerably too much interest in the beautiful Lady Castlemaine. The King’s interest and protection withdrawn, the Ormonde faction sees a chance for revenge, and Blood is soon inundated by numerous creditors. To offset this difficulty Blood decides to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Disguised as a clergyman Blood visits the Tower with two companions, and insinuates himself into the good graces of the keeper of the jewels, and after one or two visits asks to be shown the Regalia. Unfortunately, at the moment of success, his deception is discovered, he is captured and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Lady Castlemaine intercedes on his behalf with the King, and Charles promises to see him but not for one instant to think of pardoning him. Blood sees the King and comes from the Royal apartment with a free pardon and as Colonel Blood. His Irish ‘blarney’ has stood him in good stead once more.  – Adapted from Sound City synopsis.

Not available.

“Comeback, The” (2018) (85mins)

Robert Arkins, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Tara Flynn, Michael David McKernan, Morgan C. Jones, Karen Kelly.

Directors: Shane Conaty, Elaine Gallagher, James O’Connor.

Writers: Eamonn Norris, Fred O’Connor.

With his chart-topping days a distant memory from the 1990’s, rock legend Matt Malone is reduced to dodgy gigs in dingy bars. But when a video of a recording studio meltdown goes viral his record company decide that it’s time to cash-in by resurrecting his career.

Now Matt is discovering just how much the music industry has changed as second time around he has work with wellness consultants, personal training, songwriting producers, genre mashups, rap collaborations, lavish album launches and detox diets. And things only get more complicated when his daughter returns from America in the middle of the chaos to scatter her mother’s ashes.

One thing’s for sure, this Comeback is going to take a lot more hard work than Matt ever expected.

Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 15th July, 2018.

“Come Back to Erin” (1914) 

Available on “The O’Kalem Collection” DVD.

“Commitments, The” (1991) (118 mins) Comedy/Music.

Robert Atkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Felim Gormley, Glen Hansard, Dick Massey, Johnny Murphy, Kenneth McCluskey, Andrew Strong and Colm Meaney.

Director: Alan Parker.

Story by: Roddy Doyle.

Filmed on location in Dublin City; County Wicklow – Bray and Ardmore Studios.

Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) is a man with a vision – to bring soul music to Dublin. His friends Derek (Ken McCluskey) and Outspan (Glen Hansard) ask him to manage their band and Jimmy agrees, but only on his terms. He places an advertisement in the local paper which simply reads: “Have you got soul? If so, the World’s Hardest Working Band is looking for you”. And so were born the Commitments.

Available on VHS and DVD.

“Conamara” (2000) (105 mins) Romantic Drama.

Ellen Ten Damme, Darragh Kelly, Andreas Schmidt.

Director: Eoin Moore.

Shot on location in Connemara, County Galway.

It’s been twelve years since Maria and Axel shared a brief romantic interlude in Amsterdam. Now Axel has turned up suddenly at Maria’s house in Ireland, sending her into a panic. She never told her husband, Antaine, about her young German lover. Axel, for his part, wasn’t aware that Maria had a husband and child.

But Axel has burned all his bridges in Germany and is determined to make a new life for himself in Ireland.
With his quirky, upbeat demeanour, Axel quickly wins the sympathies of the villagers. Bit by bit, even Maria and Antaine are drawn into his schemes, and the three plunge headlong into fixing up an old amphibian vehicle to take thirsty tourists on pub-crawling tours. But beneath the surface of their carefree romp, the old attraction between Axel and Maria is re-surfacing.

Does not appear to have had a DVD release.

“Coney Island Baby” (2003) (93 mins) Comedy/Drama.

Karl Geary, Laura Fraser, Hugh O’Conor and Tom Hickey.

Director: Amy Hobby.

Filmed in County Sligo.


Karl Geary wrote and stars in this humorous and touching love story about a small-time Irish rogue (Geary) who returns home to Coney Island, a tiny hamlet in Sligo, to win the girl he left behind. Alas, few in Coney Island are overjoyed to see him, including his beloved Bridget (Laura Fraser), who is very pregnant and eager to marry her new fiance.

Available on DVD.

“Confessional” (1989) (120 mins) Granada TV movie. Thriller.

Robert Lindsay, Arthur Brauss, Keith Carradine, Simon Chandler, Anthony Quale.

Director: Gordon Flemyng.

Based on a novel by Jack Higgins.


Mikhail Kelly is a man of many identities, known as Father Michael Kelly, codename ‘Cuchlain‘ he has been working as a Catholic priest for over 20 years. Over this time he has committed many atrocities, blaming it on different terrorist organisations in Ireland and disrupting the peace process. Both British Intelligence and the IRA have been hunting for him for years. Only one person can kill him, a musical virtuoso called Tanya Voroninova, the surrogate daughter of a KGB general. ‘Cuchlain’ is about to start his most daring mission – killing the Pope.

Not officially released on VHS or DVD.

“Conspiracy of Silence” (2003) (90 mins) Drama.

Jonathan Forbes, Hugh Bonneville, Brenda Fricker, Sean McGinley, Hugh Quarshie, Jason Barry, John Lynch.

Director: John Deery.

Filmed in England – Cornwall, Devon and London.


Set in contemporary Ireland, Conspiracy of Silence begins with two seemingly unrelated events: the suicide of beloved and well-respected Father Frank Sweeney, and the expulsion of a young seminary student, Daniel McLaughlin. When local investigative reporter, David Foley, aggressively pursues the two stories, he begins to uncover a shocking secret that links both incidents and leads directly to the highest ranks of the Catholic Church. Inspired by true events, Conspiracy of Silence is a provocative and timely drama that exposes the tragic impact of celibacy – an issue the Catholic Church remains reluctant to address. From Element Pics website.

Available on DVD.

“Contact” (1985) (60 mins) Thriller. BBC “Screen Two”.

Sean Chapman, John Blundell, Ozzie Stevens, Jason Culiffe, Steve Fletcher, Graham Fletcher-Cook, Steve Sweeney and Gary Hailes.

Director: Alan Clarke.

“Contact” is based on the memoirs of AFN Clarke, an ex-paratrooper who served extensively in Northern Ireland.

An unusual but gripping drama set just inside the Northern Ireland border with the Irish Republic, in an area known as “Bandit Country” where, to this day, policing is a hazardous operation. At the time this film was made the area was a total no-go zone for the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and units of the British Army and the Provisional IRA fought a battle in the shadows. There’s hardly a couple of dozen words spoken in the film but this only adds to the tension.

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Only available as a poor quality bootleg for years “Contact” was released on DVD and Blu-ray by the British Film Institute in November 2016 and is available on Amazon, eBay and elsewhere.

“Count of Monte Cristo, The” (2002) (128 mins) Period Drama.

Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk and Richard Harris.

Director: Kevin Reynolds.

Based on the book of the same name by Alexander Dumas.

Filmed in Malta and Ireland – Counties Dublin, Wicklow – Powerscourt Demesne; Brittas Bay; Silver Strand; Killruddery House & Ardmore Studios (Bray) and Wexford.

When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) is betrayed by his best friend (Guy Pearce) and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French Nobility and put his cunning plan of revenge into action in the greatest tale of betrayal, adventure and revenge the world has ever known.

Available on VHS and DVD.

“Country” (2000) (92 mins) Drama.

Lisa Harrow, Des Cave and Gary Lydon.

Writer/Director: Kevin Liddy.

Filmed Entirely on Location in Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow, and Rathfriland, Co Down.

Does not appear to have had a release.

“Country Dance” (1969) (112 mins) Drama.

Peter O’Toole, Susannah York, Michael Craig, Cyril Cusack, Harry Andrews, Judy Cornwell, Brian Blessed.

Aka: “Brotherly Love“.

Director: J. Lee Thompson.

Based on the novel Household Ghosts by James Kennaway.

Filmed in Perthshire, Scotland and in Ireland – Ardmore Studios in Bray and Wicklow town.


An eccentric landowner of a mansion in the Highlands of Scotland has more than brotherly-love for his married sister.

Not officially available on any format.

“Country Girls, The” (1983) (108 mins) Channel 4 TV Drama.

Sam Neill, Maeve Germaine, Jill Doyle, John Kavanagh, Niall Toibin, Sheila Flitton, Agnes Bernelle.

Director: Desmond Davis.

Based on Edna O’Brien’s first novel and set in her birthplace  – Tuamgraney in County Clare.

A coming of age movie set in early 1950s Ireland. Two girls, Kate (Maeve Germaine) and Baba (Jill Doyle) rebel against the stifling environment of a convent education, and are forced to make their way in the real world. Baba is the wilder of the two girls and just on the look-out for a good time, while Kate has fallen for married local solicitor Mr.Gentleman (Sam Neill).

Released on VHS.

Full movie on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOwVM4FKUlk   Jan./2018


“Courier, The” (1988) (85 mins) Crime.

Gabriel Byrne, Ian Bannen, Padraig O’Loingsigh, Cait O’Riordain, Patrick Bergin.

Directors: Frank Deasy & Joe Lee.

Music: Elvis Costello. Songs by U2, The Pogues, and Hothouse Flowers.

The first urban gangster feature film set in Ireland.

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In the mean streets of Dublin, drug dealer (Val) Gabriel Byrne is Cock of the Walk – vicious and vain, but smart enough to stymie the efforts of police detective McGuigan (Ian Bannen) to entrap him.

Available on VHS – extremely scarce.

Also on YouTube here: “The Courier”  still available 18/1/2018.

“Cowboys & Angels” (2003) (89 mins) Comedy.

Michael Legge, Allen Leech, Amy Shiels.

Director: David Gleeson.

Filmed in County Limerick.


Shane Butler (Michael Legge) is a handsome but geeky 20 year old who feels that life is passing him by. A talented artist who longs to go to art school, he spends his days stuck in a horrible job in the civil service. When he moves into an apartment in Limerick City with Vincent Cusack (Allen Leech), a gay fashion student, things begin to look up. Despite being polar opposites on almost every level Shane and Vincent soon become good friends.

When Shane meets and falls in love with Gemma (Amy Shiels), an ex-art student and best friend of Vincent’s who now works in a fast food joint, he feels compelled to make some radical changes to his life. Fate steps in to lend a hand in the form of Keith (David Murray), a drug dealer who lives downstairs. Keith offers Shane the opportunity to make a lot of money by going on a drugs run to Dublin. At first, Shanes refuses, but he desperately needs the cash.

He goes on the drugs run and lives to regret it. The money he made from Vincent transforms him – “Pretty Woman” style – into one of the coolest dudes in town. Unknown to Shane though, some shady figures have tailed him back from Dublin and are now watching the apartment.

Available on DVD.

“Cracks” (2009) (104 mins) Drama.

Eva Green, Juno Temple, Imogen Poots, Sinéad Cusack and María Valverde.

Director: Jordan Scott.

Debut feature film for Jordan Scott, son of noted filmmaker Ridley Scott.

Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin – St.Columba’s College, (Whitechurch); Dalkey; County Meath – Headfort School; County Wicklow – Redcross and England – Pinewood Studios.


Set in 1930’s England, in an austere and remote all-girls boarding school, the most elite clique of girls are the illustrious members of the schools’ diving team. Their glamorous teacher Miss G (Eva Green) is the willing object of their adolescent fantasies, fuelling the girl’s obsession with illicit night time excursions and fantastic scandalous stories. As Team Captain, Di (Juno Temple) is closest of all the girls to Miss G but her position is challenged when a beautiful Spanish girl, Fiamma (María Valverde), arrives at the school, immediately attracting the attention of Miss G with her beauty and maturity. Consumed with jealousy, Di encourages the group to bully their teammate, and Fiamma becomes isolated and vulnerable to the attentions of her teacher. With passion and jealousy running dangerously high, the girls plan a midnight feast, but the night unfolds with dramatic and disastrous consequences.

Available on DVD.


“Craic, The” (1999) (89 mins) Comedy.

Jimeoin McKeown, Alan McKee and Colin Hay.

Director: Ted Emery.

Shot on location in Australia.

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Fergus (Jimeoin McKeown) and Wesley (Alan McKee) are enjoying a nice quiet pint – until they insult Colin (Robert Morgan), a local IRA leader, about his hair implants. In a bid to escape his vengeance, the lads decide to flee Belfast for Australia. Life is good down under until their visas run out and immigration officials close in.  On the run again, Fergus and Wesley travel down the coast in search of beaches, babes and beer.  But Colin has turned informer and is now also in Australia as part of a witness protection programme.  What’s more, he has framed the boys for terrorist crimes back home and they’re now high on the British ‘Most Wanted’ list. In the chaos that follows, will Fergus and Wesley head for the hills again or stand and face the music down under? – From Element Pics website.

Available on VHS and DVD.

“Craic Addicts, The” (2011) (70 mins) Comedy.

Scott Calonico, Stacey Mead.

Director: Scott Calonico.

Flying from Texas to Dublin for a presentation, high tech employees Tom and Patty are waylaid by Icelandic ash cloud. A series of mix-ups, winds up with them renting a car in Belfast and making the rest of the journey by road. What should have been a two hour trip soon turns into a test of endurance for the two of them. The Craic Addicts (‘Craic’ comes from the Irish word for ‘good times’) is an unscripted, improvised comedy shot on location in Texas, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Not yet released – mercifully!

“Creatures of Knowledge” (2007) (90 mins) Drama.

Raymond Boileau, Siobhan Lam, Eilis O’Donnell, Aine O’Sullivan and Killian Scott.

Director: Kevin Murphy.

Filmed in Killarney, County Kerry.

Low budget – €10,000!

Set in contemporary Ireland, the story explores the loneliness and lies that can grow between friends. As twenty-somethings Johanna, Sonata, Mira, Cormac and Matt spend an evening together, their polite and civil conversation hides a mountain of skeletons that each character must confront about themselves. While everything looks serene on the surface, their pasts reveal that nothing is as it seems. – By the director on IMDB.

No sign of a cinema or other release.

“Crime on the Irish Border” (1945) (74 mins) Drama.

Kieron Moore, Barbara White, Shaun Noble, Breffni O’Rourke.

Director: Maurice J. Wilson.

Aka “The Voice Within“.

Produced by Grand National Pictures.

Trivia: First film role for Irish actor Kieron Moore.

A story about smuggling on the Irish border.

Not available.

“Criminal Affairs” (1998) (94 minutes) Crime Drama.

James Marshall, Louis Mandylor and Renee Allman.

Director: Jeremiah Cullinane.

Set in America but filmed in Ireland – County Galway.

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A young couple’s idyllic vacation in the Maine woods becomes the trip to hell when they are joined by an unexpected fellow camper on an unscheduled sabbatical from prison.

Trailer here: http://www.videodetective.com/movies/criminal-affairs/7437

Available on VHS – very scarce and expensive!

“Criminal Conversation” (1980) (61 mins) Drama. Made for RTE TV.

Emmet Bergin, Deirdre Donnelly and Peter Caffrey.

Director: Kieran Hickey.

Does not appear to be available.

“Crooked Mile, The” (2001) (120 mins)  Comedy.

Dayna McKiernan, Alan Smyth, Clelia Murphy and Pat McGrath.

Director: Stephen Kane.

Production company: Greeneye Productions Ltd.

Filmed in Ireland – Dublin and in the Channel Islands – Jersey.


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It is the mid eighties and Ireland is in a love affair with all things American. Nine year-old Anna (Dayna McKiernan) is a streetwise outgoing kid who has had the harsh responsibility of having to look after her immature diabetic mother, Jane (Celia Murphy), foisted on her since she was an urchin. They are moving again into yet another grimy Dublin flat. For Anna the only consistency in her ever-changing environment is a postcard of James Dean. “Mam never told me what me daddy’s name was, but she always kept a picture of him on our bedroom wall”. 

Elliot (Alan Smyth) is Anna and Jane’s new neighbour, a twenty-something medical school dropout who has never had to make a decision for himself or anyone else. Having rebelled against his sheltered privileged background and his doctor father, he is in limbo as to what to do with his life. Scared of being taken into care when Jane is hospitalised for a week, Anna improvises that Elliot is her father, and, Elliot furiously agrees to mind her. Feeling unwanted, Anna decides the only person who might care for her is her father (Pat McGrath) who she has never met.

After packing, which includes “Jaws” the Goldfish, Anna and Elliot begin to hitch south through Ireland; Anna on a journey to find her father who she thinks is James Dean, Elliot believing that he is bringing Anna to her uncle.

Available on DVD here: www.greeneyeproductions.com

“Crossfire”  (1988) (250 mins) Thriller. BBC TV 5 part mini-series.

Eamon Boland, Sean Caffrey, Tony Doyle, Hilary Reynolds, Emer Gillespie, Sheila Ruskin, Lesley Nightingale, Alan Devlin, Aaron Harris, Des McAleer, Denys Hawthorne.

Director: Ken Hannam.

Written for TV by John McNeill.


An IRA bombing campaign in Britain is compromised and the Army Council considers the possibility that there’s a mole at the heart of their organization. Into the picture stumbles Freddie Ross (Eamon Boland) a computer expert on secondment from Special Branch to the RUC and he too tries to identify the mole with surprising consequences.

A tense, well-constructed drama which has several unexpected twists and keeps you guessing up to the final ten minutes. The bleak atmosphere of pre-ceasefire Northern Ireland is well recreated…

Not officially available in any format.

“Crossmaglen” (2016) Drama – still in the early stages of preproduction!

Michael Gambon,Vinnie Jones and Brenda Fricker.

Director: Kevin Connor.

Based on the novel ‘Shamrock Boy’ by English author Stuart White.

Production company: Aegis Film Group.

IRA gunman Dermot McGarvey is a hunted man – by both the British and his own. In hiding on a Christmas Eve stakeout to ambush British soldiers, Dermot accidentally kills a mother and her two young children. This action begins a downward spiral that takes McGarvey through the no-go area of Armagh and through the Divis Flats of Belfast. Who can you trust when you’ve run out of options? Who lives and who will ultimately die for their sins? Written by Aegis Film Group

Much has been written about this movie, its possible cast etc. but as far as I can tell not a frame of film has been shot and according to the“Crossmaglen – The Movie” Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crossmaglen-The-Movie/297312573641429 shooting will not now commence before the summer of 2015.

December 2017 and still nothing!

“Crossmaheart” (1998) (94 mins) Thriller.

Gerard Rooney, Maria Lennon and Enda Oates.

Director: Henry Herbert (17th Earl of Pembroke).

Production company: Lexington Films.

Based on the novel “Cycle of Violence” by Colin Bateman. Aka “Dead Man’s Girl”.

Filmed in Northern Ireland.

An Irish journalist is assigned to the violence-prone Irish town of Crossmaheart where a fellow reporter has disappeared. Murder and romance with the former reporter’s girlfriend follows.

Verdict: It can’t be as bad as the preview…….. or can it?

Released on DVD in the USA – only – as “Dead Man’s Girl”.

“Cruiskeen Lawn” (1924) Comedy

Jimmy O’Dea, Fay Sargent, Thomas Moran.

Director: Norman Whitton.

Scripted by John McDonagh.

Produced by Irish Photo-Plays Ltd.

Not available.

“Crushproof” (1998) (91 mins) Crime/Drama.  Turkey 1 Turkey 1 Turkey 1

Darren Healy, Jeff O’Toole, Viviana Verveen, Mark Dunne, Michael McElhatton, Mary Murray and Lisa Fleming.

Director: Paul Tickell.

Aka “Dublin Desperados”.

Filmed in Counties Dublin and Wicklow.

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Neal (Darren Healy) is fresh out of prison and straight into trouble. On the run from the police, he is reunited with his gang of horse loving misfits. He is denied access to his baby son, his horse is dead and his family don’t want to know him. Full of rage, Neal rides out to settle a score with the drug-dealing partner who grassed him up. A tragic accident triggers off a frenzied sequence of events and Neal and his gang are forced to take cover in the Wicklow mountains.

With an obsessive Detective Sean Hogan (Michael McElhatton) on his trail and a police posse hunting the young outlaws, their future as urban cowboys is threatened. The past is catching up with Neal, and a rendezvous with his conscience is fast approaching – his gang are disintegrating, the police are closing in and a violent showdown is certain.

Verdict: A dark comedy (?) without any comedy. Northsiders, horses, dysfunctional parents (and gardai) and a surreal plot. Yet another, poorly directed, train wreck of a movie which would benefit from subtitles as it’s sometimes hard to understand what language is being spoken.

Available on DVD.

“Crying Game, The” (1992) (112 mins) Thriller.

Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Brown, Breffini McKenna, Joe Savino, Birdie Sweeney, Andre Bernard.

Director: Neil Jordan.

Original Title: “The Soldier’s Wife“.

The opening Carnival sequence was shot in Bettystown, County Meath, but the bulk of the film was shot in England.

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Available on VHS, DVD and newspaper promo DVD – see above.

“Cry of the Innocent” (1980) (93 mins) Thriller. Made for TV movie.

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Rod Taylor, Joanna Pettet, Cyril Cusack, Walter Gotell, Jim Norton, Des Nealon, Nigel Davenport, Alexander Knox, Tom Jordan.

Director: Michael O’Herlihy.

Based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth.

Shot on location in Ireland – Dublin City…

$1 million budget but very difficult to see what it was spent on.

Steven Donegan (Rod Taylor), is an American insurance executive whose life is turned upside down after his wife and children are killed when a private plane crashes into their seaside cottage in Ireland. Donegan learns that the aircraft carried secret plans for a new industrial process worth millions and that the ruthless head of an international conglomerate is responsible for the act of sabotage. Driven by vengeance, former Green Beret Donegan recovers the briefcase containing the formula and launches a relentless mission to bring the murderers to justice.

Pure muck but if you must own a copy it’s available from Amazon and eBay on VHS and DVD.

“Crystal and Fox”   (1977) (59 mins) RTE TV Thursday Play Date.

Cyril Cusack, Maureen Toal, Jim Mooney, Deirdre Maher, Cecil Sheridan, Harry Hutchinson, Patrick Dawson, Tom Jordan, Alan Stanford.

Director: Noel O’Briain.

Not available.

“C U Burn” (1996-97) (15 x 30mins) TG4 Comedy mini-series

Irish language with subtitles.

Aodh Óg Ó Duibheannaigh, Seán Mac Fhionnghaile, Seán Ó Maolagáin, Mairéad Dinny Ní Ghallchóir, Pól mc Cool and Seán Ó Ghallchóir.

Director: Seán Mac Fhionnghaile.

Filmed on location in County Donegal.

C U Burn tells the tales of the County Donegal undertakers Charlie and Vincie Burn who run a turf-fueled crematorium. They are rivalled by another group of more professional undertakers led by Frank Doyle.

Along the way it deals with a number of social issues from Irish life such as drug dealing, dishonesty, ghosts, adultery, racism, drunken one-night stands, brain conditions, nicotine addiction, shipwreck, sexual repression, tax avoidance, thievery and the rare occurrence of accidental cremation.

Some episodes available on YouTube.

First aired on TG4 on the 31st October, 1996.

“Cup Cake”  (2010) (86 mins) Romantic/Comedy.

Adam Best, Michelle Fairley, Clive Russell, Paddy Jenkins, Kasia Koleczek.

Director: Colin McIvor.

Filmed in Northern Ireland on the Leslie Hill Estate, Ballymoney, County Antrim.


Low budget – £200,000.


When P.J. Johnson (Adam Best) inherits his family’s bakery following the disappearance of his parents, his shocking baking and business skills lead the shop into decline. Not wanting to break the promise he made to his mum and dad, with the help of his group of slightly dysfunctional friends and his foreign love interest Gala (Kasia Koleczek), he manages to revive ‘Cup Cake’ and bring it back to its former glory. The reformation story does not go without, the odd dodgy spray tan, thanks to the town’s local heavies, along with some insane robotic dancing and a couple of weddings varying in scale and colour. Cup Cake will remind you what it is to love as well as opening your eyes to a whole new world of fashion.

Released on DVD (2013).

“Cured, The” (2017) (95 mins) Horror/Sci-Fi.

Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Director: David Freyne.

Aka “The Third Wave”.

Filmed in Dublin – Croke Park….

A disease that turned people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.

For six years, Europe was plagued by a devastating virus that transformed humans into zombie-like monsters. As mankind struggled to control the pandemic, the great hope of a cure was found. Although an unforeseen enemy surfaces in its wake: the past. The cured are haunted with the memories of their actions while infected. As some try to readjust to a world that still fears them, the growing unrest threatens to plunge the world back into chaos.

Available on DVD.


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