Just binged on this 8-part series over two evenings and can highly recommend it to fans of Irish crime thrillers. Two distinct seasons explore crime, murder and corruption in Celtic Tiger Ireland. Complex plots, quality acting and likeable actors make for easy watching. A very young Saoirse Ronan (10) exudes a screen presence, but who could have guessed that she would become a massive star within a few short years. 9/10
The series is available on the RTE Player until October 2018 – so no need to panic.
RTE’s new crime drama started on the 24th September and gets a big thumbs up from me! It’s been a while now since I’ve watched anything on TV, but I caught up with the first episode tonight on the RTE Player. I’d give it a big 9/10 on the basis of what I’ve see and don’t be put off by the poor trailer below.
Is it fiction or a fly on the wall documentary about Dublin low-life scum? All I know is that I won’t be parting with cash to see yet another movie about life in the Third World – in this case Darndale – and if I want this sort of ‘entertainment‘ I’ll just flick on the radio news. Apparently there’s some good acting in it, but judging from the trailer it looks more like a documentary.
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.
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.
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.
“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 (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.