Category Archives: Crime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest news here: Penny Dreadful Sale

Catalogue available here: catalogue gif

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

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

Shot in Co.Dublin.

Written and directed by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy.

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

A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

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When an attack on a British army patrol in Northern Ireland goes wrong, resulting in the deaths of a bus load of school children, and sickened by the futility of his role as an IRA volunteer Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) wants out of the organization and goes on the run in England. Fallon is intent on getting away to America and is promised money and a passport by a London crime boss, Jack Meehan (Alan Bates) if he carries out a hit for him. With both the IRA and British police closing in on him he is forced to undertake the hit but it is witnessed by a priest, Father Da Costa (Bob Hoskins) ……….

I watched this one last night as part of yet another Netfix FREE trial and despite low expectations was more than satisfied.  A strong plot with good casting in the key roles – Mickey Rourke is excellent as the reluctant IRA hitman; Alan Bates and Christopher Fulford are particularly menacing as the London gangster brothers; and Bob Hoskins is, well, Bob Hoskins and turns in a respectable performance as the SAS man turned Roman Catholic priest. Liam Neeson and Alison Doody are good as the IRA team in London to track down and bring Fallon back to Northern Ireland.

Filmed in England – London.

Available on DVD.

“Quirke” new Irish Crime drama starts on RTE.1. Sunday 16th February, 2014

Fans of Gabriel Byrne, of which I am one, have been looking foward to this for sometime. Be there or be square – Sunday, RTE .1. at 9.30pm.

The DVD release is promised for April.

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“Quirke” (2013) (270 mins) Three part BBC/RTE TV mini-series.

Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon, Geraldine Somerville, Nick Dunning, Aisling Franciosi, Brian Gleeson, Lee Ingleby, Colin Morgan, Charlie Murphy, Sara Stewart and Stanley Townsend.

Co-production between Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions.

Filmed in Dublin.

QUIRKE

Quirke (Gabriel Byrne) is the chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue – a charismatic loner whose job takes him into fascinating places as he investigates sudden death in 1950s Dublin. His pleasures in life are raw and deep, a drink, a smoke, good food, a woman. One woman in particular – his adoptive brother’s wife Sarah – and the forbidden love that has shaped and dominated Quirke’s life. Adapted from the novels by John Banville writing as Benjamin Black, the three feature length films – Christine Falls, The Silver Swan and Elegy for April – reveal the tangled truth about Quirke’s living family, even as he uncovers the secrets of the Dublin dead.

DVD due for release April 2014.