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“Eagles and the Trumpets, The” (1983) (51 mins) Drama. RTE/Channel 4 TV.
Part of RTE/Channel 4 series “Love Stories of Ireland”.
Fidelma O’Dowda, Jim Norton.
Director: Deidre Friel.
Adapted for television by James Plunkett from his own short story.
Filmed in County Tipperary (Gurteen Castle) and West Waterford?
Set in a depressed Ireland in the post World War II period, this story highlights the lives of Lucy (Fidelma O’Dowda), a small-town librarian, and the two men in her life – Mr. Sweeney, an insurance clerk she has met while on holiday, and, commercial traveller, Mr. Cassidy (Jim Norton). TCD.IE
First broadcast on the 18th October, 1984.
“Eamon” (2009) (86 mins) Comedy.
Robert Donnelly, Amy Kirwan and Darren Healy.
Director: Margaret Corkery.
Filmed at Brittas Bay – County Wicklow.
Available on DVD.
“Early Bird, The” (1936) (69 mins) Comedy.
Richard Hayward, Jimmy McGeehan, Charlotte Teddie.
Director: Donovan Pedelty.
Screenplay by Norris Davidson.
Filmed in County Antrim.
A clip on YouTube here.
“Earthbound” (2012) (93 mins) Comedy/Sci-Fi.
Rafe Spall, Jenn Murray, David Morrissey and Stephen Hogan.
Director: Alan Brennan.
A Ripple World Pictures/Paper Dreams production with the participation of Bord Scannán na h’Éireann/The Irish Film Board.
Filmed in County Dublin.
Joe Norman just wants the ordinary things in life; a job he doesn’t hate; a place to call home and nice girl to settle down with. He’s just like the rest of us. But this is also the story of a young man who was told by his father Bill, on his deathbed, that he is an alien and must continue his dying species.
Joe goes out of his way to meet and win the heart of a ‘compatible’ human mate. He finds and falls in love with Maria but once he tells her the truth she thinks he’s crazy. And the more he tries to convince her, the closer he gets to losing her. Meanwhile, intergalactic bounty hunters, disguised as human resource specialists visiting Joe’s office, are in hot pursuit of Joe. Maria then discovers by accident the truth hidden in Joe’s old home movies and joins him in his attempt to escape to his home planet. From official website.
Available on DVD – Import.
“Easter 2016” (1982) (60 mins) Drama. BBC Northern Ireland.
Denys Hawthorne, Derrick O’Connor, Bill Nighy, Lise Ann McLaughlin, Gerard McSorley, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Branagh.
Director; Ben Bolt. Written by Graham Reid.
Part of an anthology of 6 science fiction plays produced under the series title “Play for Tomorrow”.
Above: Lenny North (Derrick O’Connor) – the security director from hell!
Set in 2016, in Northern Ireland’s only integrated teacher training college just prior to the centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. A dangerous struggle develops between the college principal Cyril Brown (Denys Hawthorne) and the security director Lenny North (Derrick O’Connor) who values security more than education.
Not officially released on VHS or DVD.
“Eat the Peach” (1986) (95 mins) Comedy/Drama.
Stephen Brennan, Eamon Morrissey, Catherine Byrne, Niall Toibin, Joe Lynch, Tony Doyle.
Director: Peter Ormrod.
Based upon a true story from County Longford.
Filming took place on Bord na Mona’s bogs at Allenwood (County Kildare); also in County Wicklow; County Meath and Dublin.
Frustrated by life unemployed in a small Irish border town Vinnie (Stephen Brennan) and Arthur (Eamon Morrisey) see “Roustabout”, a movie where Elvis Presley rides a fairground Wall of Death – to the amazement of the local community, they proceed to build their very own Wall of Death on the outskirts of town.
As their enthusiasm increases, their cash decreases, and it becomes necessary for the pair to finance the project by hiring themselves out to run pigs, videos and booze across the border for the local smuggling baron. There are consequences and repercussions for all concerned.
Available from Amazon and eBay on VHS and on eBay (newspaper promo DVD) – scarce.
*Several copies available on the Shop page.
“Echoes” (1988) (220 mins) TV mini series. Channel 4/RTE.
Geraldine James, Siobhan Garahy, Robert Hines, Barbara Brennan, Bernie Downes, Stephen Holland, John Kavanagh and Eric Erskine.
Director: Barbara Rennie.
Based on the novel by Maeve Binchy.
Filmed principally at Dunmore East in County Waterford.
A haunting story of love and friendship in 1950s Ireland. The windswept Irish seaside town of Castlebay fills with eager holidaymakers in the summer, but Clare O’Brien (Siobhan Garahy), the shopkeeper’s daughter, and David Power (Robert Hines), the cosseted son of the village doctor, dream of escaping their lives there. With the help of her teacher Angela O’Hara (Geraldine James), Clare wins a scholarship to the university in Dublin where David is studying medicine. Away from the class strictures of Castlebay, Clare and David’s friendship ripens into passion that leads them inexorably back home. Can their love survive their families’ disdain, their broken dreams and handsome Gerry Doyle’s (Stephen Holland) growing obsession with Clare?
Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD. Also as part of box set with Lilac Bus and Anner House.
“Eclipse, The” (2009) (88 mins) Supernatural.
Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle, Aidan Quinn.
Director: Conor McPherson.
Filmed in Cobh, County Cork.
Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds), a woodwork teacher raising his two kids alone since his wife died two years earlier, has been seeing strange things late at night. He isn’t sure if he is having nightmares, or if he’s experiencing a haunting. Working as a volunteer for an international literary festival, he is assigned to Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), an author of books about ghosts and the supernatural. Establishing a rapport with one another, Michael opens up and shares his terrifying experiences with her. However, Lena’s attention is distracted by another novelist, Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn), with whom she had a brief affair. The trajectories of these three people lead them into a life-altering collision where challenges of love, fear of the unknown, and release from the burden of grief are explored.
Available on DVD.
“Ecstasy of Isabel Mann, The” (2012) (90 mins) Vampire Horror.
Nicole Bermingham, Kevin Buckley, John Campbell, Neill Fleming, Matthew Toman, Mirjana Rendulic, Karim Elgendy.
Writer/Director: Jason Figgis.
Production Co: October Eleven Pictures Ltd.
Filmed in Dublin – Howth; also Wicklow and Galway.
The Ecstasy of Isabel Mann is the story of troubled teenager Isabel Mann (Ellen Mullen) who is seduced into an incredibly violent sect of day-walking vampires. Her classmates start to go missing and on the trail of the gruesome murders are two detectives; Witham (Neill Fleming) – who believes her to be the prime suspect and Barrett (Matthew Toman) – who has his doubts. Nothing is quite as it seems for those about her as the disturbed teenager runs amok killing at will in the woodlands by her home; aided by her vampire guides Mirjana (Mirjana Rendulic) and Alejo (Karim Elgendy) who are training her in the art of the kill – with horrifically bloody results for those closest to her.
Available on DVD (2016).
“Eden” (2008) (83 mins) Drama.
Aidan Kelly, Eileen Walsh and Padraic Delaney.
Director: Declan Recks.
Adapted for the big screen by Eugene O’Brien from his award-winning play of the same name.
Filmed in County Offaly – Tullamore and surrounding area.
Set in a thriving Irish town, Eden tells the story of a week in the lives of Billy (Aidan Kelly) and Breda Farrell (Eileen Walsh) as they approach their 10th wedding anniversary. Breda is determined that the milestone will re-ignite the passion in their marriage. Billy, on the other hand, has developed an obsession with Imelda Egan, a pretty but unobtainable local girl, and has convinced himself that the coming weekend will see them become lovers under the eyes of everyone. As the date draws closer, Billy’s behaviour becomes more and more chaotic, while Breda’s frustrations crystallize and find more mature, high-risk expression.
Available on DVD – scarce.
“Educating Rita” (1983) (110 mins) Comedy. Drama.
Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas.
Director: Lewis Gilbert.
Based upon Willie Russell’s successful play.
Exteriors shot in Dublin, principally at Trinity College. With the closure of Ardmore Studios in Ireland, the studio filming was moved to Paris.
Rita (Julie Walters), a hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to Denny, and at 26 doesn’t want a baby. She wants to discover herself – so she joins the Open University. Dr Frank Bryant (Michael Caine) is a disillusioned university professor of literature. His marriage has failed, his girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can’t get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whisky. He refers to himself as an appalling teacher of appalling students. What Frank needs is a challenge….along comes Rita. In this hilarious and often moving drama, the story tells how two people find a new lease of life through each other.
Available on VHS and DVD. Also as a newspaper promo DVD.
“8.5 Hours” (2008) (112 mins) Drama.
Lynette Callaghan, Victor Burke, Art Kearns, Jonathan Byrne and Geraldine Plunkett.
Director: Brian Lally.
Production company: Instigator Films.
Low budget – €100,000.
Shot on location in Dublin.
Ireland, 2007. As the economy teeters on the brink of a dramatic downturn, the lives of four workers at a small software company are about to reach drastic turning points. Though the day begins like a usual Monday at work – another 8.5 hours on the clock – there are troubles brewing just below the surface. With their company and financial security seemingly disintegrating before their eyes, each desperate employee will do whatever it takes to stay afloat, weaving a tangled web of blackmail, deception and scandal behind their professional facades.
Available on DVD.
“Ek Tha Tiger” (2012) (130 mins) Thriller. Hindi with English subtitles.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
Director: Kabir Khan.
Filmed in India, Thailand, Cuba, Turkey and Ireland.
Action scenes in Dublin – TCD, Temple Bar and on the Luas trams.
A romantic thriller which tells the story of a Trinity College scientist suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. The Indian government sends a secret agent, codename Tiger (Salman Khan), to find out about the professor’s activities. Tiger falls in love with the professor’s caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif) who is studying at a fictional dance academy located at TCD, and together they embark on a rollercoaster journey that takes them from Dublin to Istanbul, Kazakhstan and Chile.
Available on DVD.
“Elephant” (1989) (39 mins) Murder/Mayhem
Gary Walker, Bill Hamilton, Michael Foyle, Danny Small, Robert Taylor, Joe Cauley, Joe McGee, Patrick Condren.
Director: Alan Clarke.
Filmed on location in Belfast.
Elephant is without question Alan Clarke’s bleakest film. Essentially a compilation of eighteen murders on the streets of Belfast, without explanatory narrative or characterisation and shot in a cold, dispassionate documentary style, the film succinctly captures the horror of sectarian killing.
Available as part of a DVD box set “The Alan Clarke Collection” – scarce and expensive.
Also available on DVD “The Firm/Elephant” – scarce.
“Eliminator, The” (1996) (86 mins) Sci-Fi.
Michael Colgan, Donna Crilly and Mik Duffy.
Director: Enda Hughes.
Production company: Cousins Pictures.
Low budget movie – £8,000.
Filmed in Northern Ireland – Keady, County Armagh.
An interesting RTE piece here with some background information about the making of the film.
Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 1996.
Does not appear to be available.
“Eliot & Me” (2012) (60 mins) Family. Made for TV movie.
Ella Connolly, Renée Weldon, David Wilmot, Gerard Mannix Flynn, Vincent McCabe, Des FitzGerald, Joshua Brown, Lauren Stone & Eliot the dog.
Director: Fintan Connolly.
Writers: Fiona Bergin, Fintan Connolly.
Production company Fubar Films with the participation of the Irish Film Board in association with RTÉ.
Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin.
Dublin. The present. Ten-year-old Lucy (Ella Connolly) struggles to come to terms with her parents’ separation. She rescues a dog, Eliot, from the local dog shelter. It is love at first sight and her life starts to get better. But tragedy strikes when Eliot goes missing and Lucy must undertake a dangerous journey to find him. Official Facebook page.
Not released on DVD.
“Ella Enchanted” (2004) (96 mins) Family Comedy/Fantasy.
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Joanna Lumley, Minnie Driver and Patrick Bergin.
Director: Tommy O’Haver.
Loosely based on Gail Carson Levine’s 1997 novel.
Filmed in Ireland – County Wicklow (Powerscourt Demesne; Kilruddery House; Humewood Castle; Wicklow Town and Ardmore Studios).
On the day of her birth, Ella (Anne Hathaway) is given a gift from her Fairy Godmother, the gift of obedience, which is also a curse. Under no circumstances can Ella refuse anything she is asked to do, no matter how wicked it may be. Tired of being taken advantage of, Ella, with a talking book as her companion, leaves home to find her Fairy Godmother and return her unwanted gift. This simple errand soon turns into an amazing journey filled with ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, elves, and the plotting of Prince Charmont’s evil uncle who wants to take over the Crown and rule the Kingdom.
Available on DVD.
“Ellie” 2016 (60 mins) Coming-of-Age Drama
Jane Finnegan, John Carney, George Bracebridge, Amy Moore, Aoife Connolly O’Sullivan, Jemma Maclochlain.
Writer/Director: Dean Mullen.
Micro-budget (€200) but a quality production nonetheless.
Filmed on location in Tallaght, Co. Dublin and Bray Co.Wicklow.
Ellie (Jane Finnegan) and Nathan (John Carney) on Bray Seafront.
The story of Ellie, a girl in her final year at school, who aspires to be a writer but is holding back from what she really wants while taking care of her ill father. She is suddenly given a burst of inspiration when she meets another young writer…
Full movie available on YouTube here: “Ellie”
“Enchantment” (1920) Drama. Silent.
Henry Krauss, Mary Odette, Eric Barclay, Edward O’Neill, Henry Vibart and Mary Brough.
Director: Einar Bruun.
Based on the novel of the same name by E. Temple Thurston.
John Desmond, a good-hearted, somewhat over-convivial, Irish gentleman, is awaiting the result of his wife’s pregnancy. He is told by the doctor that either the child or the mother will die. As a Catholic, he is also told that it is the child who should be given a chance of life, but he begs the doctor to save the life of the mother. To salve his conscience, Desmond vows that if the child lives it shall be dedicated to the church. A girl is born alive, but the mother unexpectedly dies. Desmond takes her death bitterly, gives way entirely to drink, and is seldom sober. His daughter, Patricia, grows up in the knowledge that she is to enter a convent when old enough. In order to break Desmond’s drinking habits, Fr Casey, the parish priest, suggests that his vow to the church should be amended, and that Pat should remain at home just as long as her father keeps from drink. Desmond readily agrees, and for ten years steadfastly keeps the pledge…..
“Endgame” (2000) (84 mins) Comedy. Made for TV.
Michael Gambon, David Thewlis and Jean Anderson.
Director: Conor McPherson.
Based on play by Samuel Beckett.
Hamm is blind and unable to stand; Clov, his servant, is unable to sit; Nagg and Nell are his father and mother, who are legless and live in dustbins. Together they live in a room with two windows, but there may be nothing at all outside.
Available on DVD as part of a boxed set.
Endless Life (2013) (89 mins) Comedy Drama.
Karen Kinghan, Kieran Rafferty, Laura Rafferty, Laura Thompson, Sarah Williamson, Conor Shaw, Michael MacBroom, Neil Mullan, John Smith.
Writer/Director: Michael MacBroom.
Shot on location in Belfast using high definition digital cameras on a minuscule budget of £2,000.
Eva, a young woman in Belfast, has no family, no job and no prospects. Her time is spent in bars and clubs, with friends, lovers and strangers. Two years after the death of her Mother and one year after a miscarriage, Eva’s ex, Will, returns to Belfast from abroad. Eva is forced to look for a place to live when her disapproving flatmate Claire prepares to settle down with her boyfriend David. Will’s offer of a place to live is timely but Eva’s closest friend Liza fears another destructive romance between the estranged couple. From official site.
On Festival circuit but no date for DVD release yet.
“End of Sentence” Road movie – in production 2017
Logan Lerman, John Hawkes and Sarah Bolger.
Director: Elfar Adalsteins.
Icelandic director – debut feature film.
Written by Michael Armbruster.
Shot in Rosslare Harbour, Wicklow, Dublin, Iceland and America.
‘End of Sentence’ tells the story of uptight but well-intentioned Frank Fogle (John Hawkes) and his ex-convict son Sean (Logan Lerman) who are reluctantly thrown together on a road trip to scatter the ashes of their late mother and wife Anna in her native Ireland. Along the way, they pick up a hitchhiker Jewel (Sarah Bolger).
Sean has just been released from prison and the last thing on his mind is a foreign road trip with his alienated father. What he wants is a fresh start in California but when his travel plans collapse, he reluctantly accepts his father’s offer in return for a ticket to LA and a promise that they never have to see each other again. The journey becomes a little more than the father and son had bargained for and the pair are forced to confront the flaws in their relationship and find common ground.
Due for release in 2018.
“End of The World Man, The” (1986) (86 mins) Children’s Drama
John Hewitt, Leanne O’Malley, Claire Weir.
Director: Bill Miskelly.
Aka “The Bulldozer Brigade”.
1980s Belfast: Paula and her friends want to save the world…or at least a small part of it. Their secret woodland playground is threatened by land developers. Paula, her friend Clare, and even the neighbourhood bullies band together to fight the City council. Devising one mischievous scheme after another, the determined children write petitions, slip through security gates, form picket lines and plant a skeleton in the workers’ path. Along the way, the children expose a fraudulent government official and stumble upon an amazing discovery that could change everything….
Available on VHS from Amazon.com – scarce – search for “Bulldozer Brigade”.
“Enigma of Frank Ryan, The” (2012) (90 mins) True Drama
Barry Barnes, Rick Crawford, Dara Devaney.
Writer/Director: Desmond Bell.
Glass Machine Productions.
Filmed in Belfast, Co.Antrim and Co.Armagh.
Frank Ryan’s life (born Limerick 1902, died Dresden 1944) remains an enigma. The teenage IRA volunteer, dissident republican and Spanish International Brigade volunteer, ended his life working for the Nazis in wartime Berlin. How could this be? Our film employs the imaginative resources of the creative documentary to explore a human story of truly tragic proportions. We harness the power of the archival image in play with dramatic live action to draw a contemporary audience into the core story centred on Ryan’s split loyalties. From an apartment in war-ravaged Berlin Ryan reflects on his life sharing his story with a young radio producer. After a failed attempt to return to Ireland by U Boat together with the head of the IRA, Ryan becomes trapped in Berlin. The contradiction between his political beliefs and his dependence on Nazi hospitality comes to haunt him. Drawing upon Ryan’s letters and journalism we have fashioned a film which hopefully illuminates the enigma that was Frank… Written by Desmond Bell
Broadcast on TG4 30/4/2014.
“En Un Mundo Nuevo” (1972) (92 mins) Spanish. Comedy/Musical.
Karina, Pepe Rubio, Marisa Medina, Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro, Joaquín Prat.
Some filming in Dublin and Madrid.
Karina arrives at a mansion to work as a governess of a group of singing children, Mari Nieves, Blanca, Carlos, Javier and Santi, known in Spain as “La Pandilla“. She must take care of their education, and she decides to use music to teach them. Meanwhile, the record company where the children work is busy with another project. Their biggest star, Marta, is getting ready a song to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971. Carlos, the composer of the song, titled “En un mundo nuevo” (“In a new world”) meets Karina in the mansion and is very taken with her, something Marta, who is Carlos’ girlfriend doesn’t like at all. She is also jealous of Karina’s musical abilities, and when one day Marta catches Karina with Carlos singing a song composed for the governess, she gives him an ultimatum; if Karina doesn’t leave the mansion at once, she will break her contract with the record company and won’t sing “En un mundo nuevo” in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Was released on VHS in Spain.
“Er kann’s nicht lassen” (1962) (94 mins) Crime/Comedy. German language.
Director: Axel von Ambesser.
Based on the story/character created by G.K. Chesterton.
Aka “He can’t stop doing it”.
There are just a few scene setting shots in Ireland with the rest of the movie being shot in Bavaria, West Germany.
The second of two films about the Priest – amateur sleuth – Father Brown starring Heinz Rühmann. The first of the pair was titled “Das Schwarze Schaf” aka “The Black Sheep”.
This continues the Fr.Brown story with the priest being ‘exiled’ to an island – out of harm’s way.
Available on DVD from Amazon.de
Also released as part of “Best Heinz Rühmann Films” (2005) 4 movie box set – which includes “Das Schwarze Schaf” aka “The Black Sheep” – available from Amazon.de
“Escapist, The” (2008) (102 mins) Crime thriller.
Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Seu Jorge, Dominic Cooper, Steven Macintosh and Damian Lewis.
Director: Rupert Wyatt.
Filmed in Ireland – Dublin (Kilmainham Jail and the John Player factory) and in England – London.
Frank Perry (Brian Cox), is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole and is resigned to his lot. However, when he learns that his estranged daughter is languishing critically ill in a hospital after taking an overdose, he is determined to make peace with her before it’s too late. Knowing that there isn’t a chance of being granted a release, he determines to break out of prison and assembles a crew to help carry out his plan – right hand man Brodie (Liam Cunningham), hardman Lenny Drake (Joseph Fiennes) and resident drug dealer Viv Baptista (Seu Jorge).
Available on DVD.
“Eternal, The” (1998) (95 mins) Horror.
Alison Elliot, Jared Harris and Christopher Walken.
Director: Michael Almereyda.
May have been shot in USA – the location of the ‘Irish’ mansion – apparently!
Wealthy New Yorker Nora (Alison Elliott) is haunted by horrific nightmares and, seeking some inner peace, persuades her husband Jim (Jared Harris) that they should move to her ancestral home in Ireland. At first, the move does seem to have made a difference. But then Nora meets her uncle (Christopher Walken), discovers the undead body of a 200-year-old Druid witch, and is forced into a deadly battle against the forces of evil.
Available on DVD.
“Eureka Street” (1999) (240 mins) BBC (N.I) TV mini-series.
Dervla Kirwan, Vincent Regan, Sorcha Cusack and Mark Benton.
Director: Adrian Shergold.
Based on Robert McLiam Wilson’s 1996 novel of the same name.
Filmed in Belfast.
The story of a group of people from Northern Ireland, trying to make their way in life in the face of sectarian and political polarization. Chucky (Mark Benton) is an overweight 30-year-old who has yet to find a purpose for his life, but when he comes up with a business idea, things begin to change in an almost miraculous manner for him. His friend Jake (Vincent Regan) is an unusually sensitive repossession man, and his life too begins to change when he meets Aoirghe (Dervla Kirwan), a woman from the other side of the sectarian divide.
Not officially available.
“Evelyn” (2002) (94 mins) Drama
Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies, Frank Kelly and Bosco Hogan.
Director: Bruce Beresford.
Filmed on location in Ireland and at Ardmore Studios.
Based on true events, Evelyn tells the inspiring story of real-life hero Desmond Doyle (Brosnan) and his young children, Evelyn, Maurice and Dermot. Struggling to raise his kids alone in Ireland in 1953, Doyle is devastated when the power of the Church and the Irish courts take his children away and put them into orphanages. Vowing to reunite his family, he enlists the help of his friends and together they attempt to do what has never been done before – challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. Doyle’s fight to keep his family intact becomes an uplifting testament to a father’s love and the power of the human spirit.
Available on DVD.
“Events at Drimaghleen” (1991) (60 mins) BBC (NI)/RTE. “Screenplay” Season 6, Episode 3
Barbara Adair, Kate Binchy, T.P.McKenna and Toby Bradford.
Director: Robert Cooper.
Based on a short story by William Trevor.
In Drimaghleen in a remote part of Ireland, Maureen McDowd, her boyfriend, and his mother are found shot dead in a farmyard. Her family are devastated and the village shocked by the killings, but the police findings are accepted and unquestioned by them and the village priest, Father Sallins, the consensus being that the old woman shot Maureen in a jealous rage, her son then shot her and turned the gun on himself. However, a year later, TV journalist Hetty Fortune arrives with a camera crew to make a film, the outsiders wheedling their way into the community and locals’ homes and piecing together a version of events that totally overturns the believed facts and causes great pain and upset. BFI Library
“Everlasting Piece, An” (2000) (103 mins) Comedy.
Barry McEvoy, Brían F. O’Byrne, Anna Friel, Billy Connolly, Pauline McLynn.
Director: Barry Levinson.
Filmed in Belfast and County Dublin.
Can this film be as bad as it appears to be from the trailer?
Barbers Colm (Barry McEvoy) and George (Brian F. O’Byrne) think they’ve hit the big time when they take over the only existing Northern Ireland hairpiece franchise from a Bible-toting lunatic (Billy Connolly) who has been admitted to the asylum in which they work. As a Catholic and a Protestant working together, Colm and George think that they’ll be able to serve bald men of both creeds, and will have the market conquered. But selling toupees isn’t as easy as they think. To make matters worse, they have to contend with deadbeats, the IRA, the British Army, and, worst of all, a competitor—‘Toupee or Not Toupee’ — that threatens their exclusivity agreement. When their wig supplier pits Colm and George–who’ve deemed themselves ‘The Piece People’–against Toupee or Not Toupee to see who can sell the most hairpieces and win the Northern Ireland franchise, the race is on for clients. Bronagh (Anna Friel), Colm’s feisty girlfriend, develops a creative sales plan that leads to both political and moral decisions for the partners.
Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD.
“Excalibur” (1981) (140 mins) History/Fantasy.
Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Patrick Stewart, Nicol Williamson, Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Niall O’Brien, Eamonn Kelly.
Director: John Boorman.
Filmed in County Tipperary – Cahir Castle; County Wicklow – the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Sally Gap, and the forests of Wicklow. Camelot was erected on the back lot at Ardmore Studios, Bray.
The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table receives its most impressive screen treatment from visionary moviemaker John Boorman (Deliverance, The General).
All the elements of Sir Thomas Malory’s classic Le Morte D’Arthur are here: Arthur (Nigel Terry) removing the sword Excalibur from the stone; the Round Table’s noble birth and tragic decline; the heroic attempts to recover the Holy Grail; and the shifting balance of power between wily wizard Merlin (Nicol Williamson) and evil sorceress Morgana (Helen Mirren). With Patrick Stewart, Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson in notable early screen roles.
Available from Amazon on VHS (used) and DVD.
“Exiled” (1999) (88 mins) Thriller. TV movie.
Paul Ronan, Ronan Carr and Jenny Conroy.
Director: Bill Muir.
Gaelic Artists Productions for RTE.
Brendan McDonagh (Paul Ronan) is on the run from Ireland after taking part in an armed robbery. He arrives in New York to stay with his cousin Sean (Ronan Carr) but his enthusiasm for starting a new life is soon tempered by the discovery that his housemates have IRA connections. When he learns of the imminent shipment of a consignment of arms, he’s faced with a tough decision…
Copy held by the Irish Film Archive.
Does not appear to have been released on VHS or DVD.
“Exposure” (1978) (48 mins)
T.P. McKenna, Bosco Hogan, Niall O’Brien and Catherine Schel.
Director: Kieran Hickey.
An encounter between three male surveyors (Niall O’Brien, Bosco Hogan and T. P. McKenna) and an intriguing French photographer (Catherine Schell) at a remote hotel in the West of Ireland turns sour. I.F.I