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“H3” (2001) (88 mins) Drama
Brendan Mackey, Dean Lennox Kelly and Aidan Campbell.
Director: Les Blair.
Filmed in Northern Ireland.
A story of endurance and courage set inside Europe’s most secure prison, the Maze in Northern Ireland. In H3 – the bleakest of all the H-blocks – a group of young Republican prisoners hold out for what they believe in, refusing to be labelled as criminals or co-operate with prison authorities. However, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is determined that the prisoners will be treated like all the other common criminals in British jails, ending a special regime which allowed the inmates political status to organise life inside the jail along POW lines. The Republican prisoners immediately start a ‘no-wash’ protest, refusing to wear prison-issue clothes or perform work duties, a protest which results in their being locked in their cells for hours on end without exercise, recreation, reading materials and with only blankets to wear for heat. After four years on this protest, morale is at an all-time low and everyone knows that something desperate is needed to break the deadlock…
Available on DVD.
“Halal Daddy” (2017) (90 mins) Comedy
Nikesh Patel, Art Malik, Sarah Bolger, Deirdre O’Kane and Colm Meaney.
Director: Conor McDermottroe.
Writers: Conor McDermottroe, Mark O’Halloran.
Shot in Co. Sligo.
As a birthday present to his son Raghdan (Patel), his estranged father Amir Aziz (Malik) buys a run-down abattoir in western Ireland for him to run as the country’s first halal meat factory. This sparks a culture clash between the father and son, the abattoir’s previous manager Martin Logan (Meaney), who is also Raghdan’s girlfriend’s father, his stoner friends, and the rest of the area’s traditional Irish residents, leading Raghdan’s life to take a turn for the worse.
In cinemas July 2017.
Available on DVD.
“Hallow, The” (2015) (92 mins) Horror aka “The Woods”
Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley.
Director: Corin Hardy.
The Hallow was produced by Occupant Entertainment and Fantastic Films. It was funded by Prescience, Altus Media, Hyperion and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.
Filmed on location in County Galway.
The film follows a London-based conservationist who moves to Ireland with his wife and baby, to survey an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed ground. He unwittingly disturbs a horde of terrifying beings and must fight to protect his family.
Available on DVD.
Stephen Rea, Stephen Delaney, Grattan Smith, Mick Lally, Kerry Condon, John Kavanagh, Gerard McSorley and Willie Higgins.
Director: Lance Daly.
Filmed in Dublin City.
Fatso (Stephen Rea) is the proprietor of what may well be the worst chip shop in Dublin, a hectic, often dangerous takeaway in the heart of the inner city. A decent man in a difficult world, Fatso struggles to keep his late night business afloat as he battles a chronic gambling addiction. With only his useless staff ( Simon Delaney, Grattan Smith and Kerry Condon) for company, Fatso plays good Samaritan to an assortment of city deadbeats – seemingly able to save everybody but himself.
As his debts spiral out of control, a steady stream of loan sharks and debt collectors (John Kavanagh, Gerard McSorley and Willie Higgins) arrive in search of payment. With the net closing around him, it’s only a matter of time before Fatso will be forced to risk everything on one final gamble in the biggest game of his life.
Available from Amazon on DVD.
“Handsome Devil” (2016) (95 mins) Comedy/Drama
Nick Galitzine, Fionn O’Shea, Moe Dunford, Andrew Scott, Jay Duffy, Michael McElhatton, Ruairi O’Connor, Ardal O’Hanlon and Amy Huberman.
Writer/Director: John Butler.
Production company: Treasure Entertainment.
Filmed in Dublin (Castleknock College) and Cork.
Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at the rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities.
In Irish cinemas from 28th April, 2017.
Available on DVD.
“Hanging Gale, The” (1995) (200 mins) BBC Northern Ireland TV four part mini-series.
Joe McGann, Mark McGann, Paul McGann, Stephen McGann, Michael Kitchen, Fiona Victory, Tina Kellegher, Peter Caffrey, Gerard McSorley and Alan Stanford.
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence.
Filmed in County Donegal.
Set in Donegal during the Great Famine of 1846, The Hanging Gale follows the fortunes of the Phelan family. Lord Hawksborough appoints an English Land Agent who makes a poor impression with the locals who try to lynch him. Sean and Phelan save him from certain death but this doesn’t stop the Agent’s animosity towards the Phelan family. The brothers are torn between non-violent protest and bloody revolt. When the crops become riddled with blight and the family faces sure starvation they take the law into their own hands. eBay
Available on DVD (2005).
“Hangman’s House” (1928) (80 mins) Silent.
Victor McLaglen, Larry Kent, June Collyer, Earle Foxe and Hobart Bosworth.
Director: John Ford.
Filmed at Fox Film Corporation Studios, Beverley Hills???
Based on the 1926 novel by Donn Byrne, the film stars Hobart Bosworth as Irish “hanging judge” James O’Brien. Even on his deathbed, O’Brien can’t stop meddling in the affairs of his daughter Connaught (June Collyer), insisting that the girl marry wealthy ne’er-do-well, John Darcy (Earl Foxe). Alas, Connaught despises Darcy, preferring instead the poor-but-decent Donnaugh McDonnaugh (Larry Kent). Meanwhile, Irish expatriate Hogan (Victor McLaglen) returns to Ireland to avenge his family’s honour by killing the caddish Darcy. In one of the highlights of the movie, there is a steeplechase sequence where a young, unbilled John Wayne can clearly be spotted, enthusiastically urging on his favourite horse.
Available from Amazon.com on DVD as part of a boxed set.
“Happy Ever After” (1954) (88 mins) Comedy. aka “Tonight’s the Night” (USA).
David Niven, Yvonne De Carlo, Barry Fitzgerald, Robert Urquhart, A.E.Matthews, George Cole.
Director: Mario Zampi.
Filmed entirely in England – Middlesex and Hertfordshire.
When General O’Leary (A.E. Matthews), the well-loved landlord of the small Irish village of Rathbarney passes away, the villagers welcome his nephew Jasper O’Leary (David Niven) who has inherited the estate. However, unlike his uncle, the money hungry nephew presses his tenants for loans owed, rents unpaid and abandons institutions that his uncle underwrote. Eventually, the villagers decide to run him off the land ….
Available on VHS and DVD.
Sally Hawkins, Tom Riley, Sinead Maguire, Tina Kellegher, Deirdre Molloy, Jill Murphy, Ariyon Bakare, Jade Yourell and Simon Delaney.
Director: Stephen Burke.
Production company: Newgrange Pictures.
Filmed in Ireland – Dublin and Wicklow (Bray)
Freddie (Tom Riley) and Maura (Sally Hawkins) are getting married, only not to each other. While Freddie is entering his second marriage to the neurotic Sophie (Jade Yourell), Maura’s motives for marrying Wilson (Ariyon Bakare) are more for money than love.
When the two wedding parties end up at the same reception venue, the house of cards looks set to collapse on the newlyweds, guests and all. The vows have only just been spoken, but the honeymoon is already over!
Available on DVD.
“Hard Shoulder” (1990) (72 mins) Channel 4/RTE TV Road movie.
Johnny Murphy, Olwen Fouere, Donal O’Kelly, Geoff Golden, Eamonn Hunt and Gina Moxley.
Director/Writer: Mark Kilroy.
Charlie Henshaw (Johnny Murphy) is a dodgy door-to-door fire extinguisher salesman faced with the task of having to sell a job lot of stolen fire extinguishers, he decides to recruit some help. When the mysterious Ella (Olwen Fouere) and innocent Tony (Donal O’Kelly) sign up, we have the unlikely beginning of a road movie with a difference. Crammed into Henshaw’s car with their improbable merchandise, they head west across Ireland. We slowly discover that each of them is travelling for a very different reason. Each has a secret past that seems destined to catch up with them by the end of the trip.
“Hard Way, The” (1979) (88 mins) Thriller. TV movie.
Patrick McGoohan, Lee Van Cleef, Edna O’Brien, Donal McCann.
Director: Michael Dryhurst.
Film locations in County Wicklow – Newtownmountkennedy; Luggala Estate; Roundwood and Glendalough. Interior scenes: Ardmore Studios, Bray. Film locations in Dublin – Toner’s Bar, Baggot Street.
After years plying his deadly trade as a hitman, John Connor (Patrick McGoohan) has finally had enough. Seeking to retire to Dublin and maybe salvage his dying marriage, Connor wants to leave the lonely world of the marksman behind him and melt into the background. Unfortunately, his handler O’Neal (Lee Van Cleef) is reluctant to let him go, and, after much coercion, manages to talk him into accepting one final job.
Available on DVD.
“Harry, Hamlet and I” (2013) (110 mins) Romantic Thriller.
George Bracebridge, Aidan Conron, Daniel Craig, Graham Earley.
Director: Aidan Conron.
Some filming was done in 2012 at Hook Head and Fethard on Sea.
“Harry, Hamlet and I” is both a love story and an intelligent psychological thriller inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet dealing with themes of love, betrayal, duty, family, identity, spirituality and madness.
Set in Dublin’s inner city, Harry and Celeste are like any other young couple deeply in love, but their family backgrounds and circumstances conspire against the happy ever after. An act of betrayal sets in motion a chain of events that leaves their love in ruin.
The only son of a criminal gang leader, Harry is under pressure to be a part of that system and to fit in with what his family expects from him. Struggling to free himself from his ancestry and his past, Harry dreams of a better future for him and Celeste.
After a tragic event, Harry becomes so traumatised that he loses his grasp on reality and his sense of self. With his mind broken, Harry is institutionalised where gradually a new persona starts to emerge, an identity that to him seems infinitely better than Harry. His new identity is Hamlet.
This story is about our identity and where our sense of self comes from. Exploring the effects of our conditioning and how it enables us to fit in with the culture that surrounds us. We follow Harry’s journey into madness as he battles with guilt and his demons in a search to find his true identity.
Full movie available above.
“Harry’s Game” (1982) (180 mins) Yorkshire Television mini-series.
Ray Lonnen, Benjamin Whitrow, Derek Thompson and Nicholas Day.
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark.
Adapted for television by Gerald Seymour from his 1975 novel of the same name.
Aka “Belfast Assassin”.
Filmed in England (Leeds, Yorkshire) with some footage shot in Belfast (Falls Road) and Holywood, County Down.
A British Cabinet Minister is gunned down outside his home in London by a member of the Provisional IRA. Security protocols are activated, but the assassin evades them and successfully escapes to Belfast. In the aftermath of the incident, rash decisions are made by politicians seeking revenge, and the Ministry of Defence responds by sending Captain Harry Brown (Ray Lonnen) – a ‘special forces’ soldier who has done deep cover work in hostile territory – into the Falls Road area of Belfast, notorious for civil unrest and Republican activity. Harry’s mission is to infiltrate the local nationalist population, uncover the identity of the assassin, and kill him in his own neighbourhood – proving to the IRA that they are not safe, even in their “own backyard”. Not least amongst Harry’s problems is the fact that the local police (RUC) are unaware of his identity and operation…
Available on DVD.
“Haunting of Hell House, The” (1999) (90 mins) Horror.
Michael York, Andrew Bowen, Claudia Christian and Jason Cottle.
Director: Mitch Marcus. B
Based on the novel “The Ghostly Rental” by Henry James.
Aka “The Ghostly Rental”.
Filmed in County Galway.
James Farrow (Andrew Bowen), a young New England college student, pressures his girlfriend into having an illegal abortion. They soon head to see an abortionist whose negligence results in the death of the young girl. James begins to be haunted by visions of his girlfriend and is drawn to the house in which they met. He seeks advice from the mysterious Professor Ambrose (Michael York), whose life has been torn apart by a number of gruesome tragedies in his own family and who is tormented by the ghost of his daughter in a haunted house full of vengeful spirits…
Available on DVD.
“Haywire” (2011) (93 mins) Thriller.
Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Michael Fassbender.
Director: Steven Soderbergh.
Filmed in County Dublin and County Wicklow – Russborough House; and in the USA – New Mexico.
Beautiful freelance covert operative Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can’t authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. After a botched mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Mallory barely escapes with her life and is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin. When that operation goes awry too, Mallory finds she has been double-crossed and she needs to use all of her skills, tricks and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her.
Available on DVD.
“Headrush” (2003) (85 mins) Black Comedy/Crime.
Wuzza Conlon, Gavin Kelty, B.P. Fallon, Moira Deady, Tom Hickey, Steven Berkoff and Karl Argue.
Director: Shimmy Marcus.
Filmed in the Netherlands – Rotterdam and Antwerp; Ireland – Dublin and Ardmore Studios.
Layabouts Charlie (Wuzza Conlon) and T-Bag (Gavin Kelty) orbit society in a haze of dope and dreams. When Charlie gets kicked off the dole and dumped by his girlfriend, Vicky, his whole world crashes to earth. Determined to win her back, Charlie agrees with T-Bag to do the proverbial one-off job for “The Uncle” (Steven Berkoff) which sends them on a madcap adventure through the streets of Dublin and Amsterdam sinking them deeper and deeper into a seedy underworld with hilarious consequences.
Available on DVD.
“Hear My Song” (1991) (104 mins) Comedy.
Ned Beatty, Adrian Dunbar, Shirley Anne Field, Tara Fitzgerald, William Hootkins, David McCallum and Terry Mulligan.
Director: Peter Chelsum.
Filmed in Ireland – (County Clare and Dublin) and England (Liverpool and London).
Micky O’Neill (Adrian Dunbar), a struggling Irish nightclub owner in Britain attempts to do the impossible by coaxing the legendary singer, Josef Locke (Ned Beatty), out of retirement for a once-in-a-lifetime show. O’Neill is particularly desperate to land a performance by the famous Irish tenor, as his already questionable reputation was ruined when he booked an impostor claiming to be Locke. Now only providing a show by the real thing can make up for it. Trouble is, Locke fled England several decades previously to avoid charges of tax evasion and would face immediate arrest upon his return.
Available on VHS and DVD.
“Heart’s Desire, A” (2009) (90 mins) Made for TV.
Director: Stefan Bartmann.
Adapted from a book by Robin Pilger and scripted by Gabriele Kister.
Shot in Westport, County Mayo.
“Hebrew Lesson, The” (1972) (30 mins)
Milo O’Shea, Patrick Dawson, Alun Owen.
Writer/Director: Wolf Mankowitz.
First film by the Dublin Film Cooperative.
Filmed on a set at Ardmore Studios.
“Helen” (2008) (79 mins) Thriller
Annie Townsend, Sandie Malia, Dennis Jobling, Sonia Saville, Danny Groenland.
Directors: Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor.
Some filming in Dublin Docks.
An 18-year-old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen, a few weeks away from leaving her care home, is asked to ‘play’ Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy’s last known movements. Joy had everything. A loving family, a boyfriend, a bright future. Helen, parentless, has lived in institutions all her life and has never been close to anyone. Gradually Helen begins to immerse herself in the role, visiting the people and places that Joy knew; quietly and carefully insinuating her way into the lost girl’s life. But is Helen trying to find out what happened to Joy that day, or is she searching for her own identity?
Available on DVD.
“Hell’s Drifter” (94 mins) Horror.
Noel Aungier, Austin Prior, Siobhan Lam, Celine Mullins, Robert O’ Brien.
Director/Writer: Peter Bergin.
Filmed in North Dublin.
Ultra low budget – €3,000!!
Greg Wallace (Noel Aungier) has a problem: an unusually short temper. After getting into a telephone confrontation with his girlfriend Angela (Siobhan Lam), Greg takes his annoyance out on the wrong person: a drifting vagrant (Austin Prior). Later, when Greg has a serious accident and breaks both legs, the vagrant is the only person who finds him. Rescue, however, is the last thing on his mind: the vagrant now harbours an unhealthy, almost psychotic grudge against Greg over their earlier meeting…
Available on DVD from Amazon.com
“Henry V” (1944) (136 mins) – Historical Drama. Colour!
Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Rene Asherton, Leo Genn.
Director: Laurence Olivier.
Filmed in Ireland on Powerscourt estate nr. Enniskerry, County Wicklow, with the interior shooting at Denham Studios in Buckinghamshire.
The first film in which the Irish Defence Forces played bit roles, and this was to set a precedent for many other films.
Henry V is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling historical plays written in c.1599. Early in the play, Henry sets out to press his claim to the Crown of France. His small expedition encounters vastly superior French forces at Agincourt, and there Henry delivers his famous exhortation to the soldiers. His army victorious, the King visits the French Court, where he meets and marries Catherine of Valois, thereby establishing the beginning of a promising alliance with France.
The definitive call to arms, Laurence Olivier’s Henry V is a patriotic saga awash with pageantry, battles, romance and political chicanery. Intended to rally Britain during the darkest days of World War II, the film shows how the star of England sought to stake an ancestral, royal claim on the soil of France.
Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD.
Aka “Fifth of November”. Aka “Codewort Hennessy”.
Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson, Eric Porter, Peter Egan, Trevor Howard, Patsy Kensit.
Director: Don Sharp.
Filmed in England.
Hennessy (Rod Steiger) is a reformed IRA man who has turned his back on violence, but when his family are shot dead in an incident in Belfast he becomes unhinged and decides to blow up Queen Elizabeth II at the State opening of the Houses of Parliament. This pits him against two groups who are trying to stop the killing – the British government and the IRA. The IRA is not trying to defend Britain but trying to prevent the backlash that would have been certain if the Queen and her family along with the House of Lords and Parliament were to be blown up. The ‘Day of the Jackal’ this isn’t and taken overall is a very poor effort. As the advertising poster states, the movie stirred up a lot of hostility in Britain, and with many cinema chains refusing to show it enjoyed very limited screening.
Verdict: Clever poster, shame about the movie.
Scarce on VHS and DVD (2011).
“Heritage” (1977) (70 mins) RTE TV movie.
Producer: Deirdre Friel.
Filmed in Co. Fermanagh.
The second in a trilogy of plays “Victims” written by Eugene McCabe set against the deceptive rural calm of the Fermanagh countryside. See also “Cancer” and “Siege”.
“Her Own Rules” (1998) (95 mins) Romantic Drama. TV movie.
Melissa Gilbert, Ginny Holder, Jeremy Sheffield, Jean Simmons, Lorraine Pilkington, Peter Caffrey.
Director: Bobby Roth.
Based on a novel by Barbara Taylor Bradford.
Set in England but filmed in Ireland – Leixlip Castle, Malahide etc.
Now in her thirties and head of a giant hotel empire, Meredith Sanders (Melissa Gilbert) returns to the English village where she was born to visit Agnes (Ginny Holder), her childhood friend from their harsh days in an orphanage. She also meets Lucas (Jeremy Sheffield), who has experienced his own devastating losses. But Agnes is now dying and Meredith’s return is soon to unlock an incredibly emotional chain of events that begins with the startling discovery that Meredith’s mother is still alive. Soon the inevitable confrontation and a shocking revelation are to propel Meredith on a heart-wrenching journey that finally enables her to release her true feelings and find the courage to love again. From Barbara Taylor Bradford official site.
Available on VHS and DVD.
“Hidden Agenda” (1991) (108 mins) Thriller.
Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling, John Benfield, Des McAleer, Jim Norton, Maurice Roeves.
Director: Ken Loach.
Filmed in Belfast and England (Hertfordshire).
American activists Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif) and his fiancee Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand) journey to Belfast to probe allegations of brutal human rights abuses by British security forces. When Paul is killed under mysterious circumstances, the official reports list him as an I.R.A. accomplice. But Ingrid and British policeman Paul Kerrigan (Brian Cox) question the findings and begin to uncover a shocking high-level conspiracy. Now, with their safety in jeopardy, they must decide whether to risk everything to reveal the truth.
Available on DVD.
“Hidden, The” (2006) (65 mins) Horror
George Peet, Ciara Mulcahy, Amanda McCarthy, Brid Neilson, Kayleigh Regan, Nicholas O’Riordan, Hank Regan, Sonya O’Keefe, Deirdre Conroy, Rebecca French, Jenny Murphy, Emma Organ, Maurice Dunford, Sian Bowen, Vanessa Hyde, Paul Mooney, Joanne Dunford.
Director: Jessie Kirby.
Filmed in and around Dungarvan, County Waterford.
The Hidden was shot on a small budget (€5,000), starring mostly local talent, including students from St.Augustine’s, the CBS School, Ard Scoil Na Deise and the Friary College, as well as local acting groups.
The Thompson family arrives in a new town, expecting to pass through without drawing too much attention, but teenagers at the local high-school have other plans.
Does not appear to have had a DVD release.
“Hide and Seek” (2006) (240 mins) 4-part RTE TV series. Drama.
Michael McElhatton, Karl Geary, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Tito Long, Tara Flynn, Marie Mullan, Conor McEvoy, Sean McEvoy, Liam McEvoy.
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh and Liz Gill.
Production company: Accomplice Television/RTE.
Filmed on location in Dublin and Mayo.
The series opens in Dublin, and takes place over four consecutive days, recounting the difficulties faced by Paul Holden (Michael McElhatton) as he comes to terms with a terrible childhood tragedy in which he witnessed the drowning of his older brother. The story moves from Dublin to Mayo as his wife Emma (Maria Doyle Kennedy) desperately seeks her husband who she believes is too unstable to care for their 10-year-old son whom he has taken to Mayo without her consent.
“Hideaways” (2011) (95 mins). Fantasy.
Rachel Hurd-Wood, Harry Treadaway, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Tom Collins and Lesley Conroy.
Director: Agnès Merlet.
Originally titled “The Last Furlong” – aka ‘The Last Son – La Malédiction’
Filmed in County Meath – Ballygarth Castle, Julianstown and County Dublin – Shanganagh Castle. Possibly Rathnew too – Wicklow Film Commission…. Clermont College, Rathnew.
The Furlong men all were blessed or cursed with unique abilities. Ten-year-old James Furlong’s father was able to shut off all the electricity around him when he was scared, and his grandfather went temporarily blind when he thought about sex. James’ mother died while giving birth to him, and as he experiments to figure out what his ability is, he unintentionally causes the death of his father and grandmother. Then, when he’s sent to a reformatory school and sparks a strange illness that wipes out all the children who bullied him, James flees to a cottage in the woods to live a life of isolation.
Available on DVD from Amazon.fr – search for “The Last Son – La Malédiction”
“High Boot Benny” (1994) (82 mins) Thriller
Marc O’Shea, Frances Tomelty, Alan Devlin, Fiona Nicholas, Annie Farr and Seamus Ball.
Director: Joe Comerford.
Production company: Sandy Films in association with RTE.
Filmed in County Donegal – Inishowen Peninsula.
When a police informer is found murdered on the property of a small school dedicated to desegregated education on the southern side of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, the school’s directors – a Protestant matron (Frances Tomelty) and an ex-priest (Alan Devlin) – become suspects. Also implicated is Benny (Marc O’Shea), a seventeen-year-old delinquent who has found refuge at the school only to get caught up in the maze of conflict created by the mix of politics and religion.
Extremely rare on VHS and not released on DVD.
“High-Rise” (2015) (119 mins) Futuristic Drama.
Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss.
Director: Ben Wheatley.
Based on the 1975 novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard.
Screenplay by Amy Jump.
Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast, Co.Antrim and Bangor, Co.Down.
Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) feels like he’s made it – he’s moved into a luxury high-rise, seeking soulless anonymity. However, the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone and it isn’t long before the veneer of civilisation begins to collapse, and darker human urges begin to surface, and Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. From acclaimed director Ben Wheatley, and based on the classic novel by J.G. Ballard, comes a unique and dazzling vision of a dystopian Britain on the brink of social meltdown.
Available on DVD.
“High Spirits” (1988) (96 mins) Comedy/Romance.
Daryl Hannah, Peter O’Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Donald McCann, Mary Coughlan, Liz Smith, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher, Liam Neeson, Ray McAnally, Connie Booth, Tom Hickey.
Director: Neil Jordan.
Filmed on location at Dromore Castle, County Limerick and Shepperton Studios.
Peter Plunkett’s ancestral home, Castle Plunkett, a run-down hotel operating in a crumbling stone castle set deep in the Irish countryside is about to be forcibly sold to an American businessman who intends to dismantle it and ship it, stone by stone, to a theme park in Malibu. Peter Plunkett (Peter O’Toole), prompted by a brainstorm after his eccentric mother (Liz Smith) advises him there are ghosts in the castle, decides to rebrand the place as a ‘haunted hotel‘ where he and his staff will use trickery to make the guests believe the castle is truly haunted. The trouble begins when a busload of American tourists arrive and the real ghosts put in an appearance.
Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD (2009).
“Hills of Donegal, The” (1947) (85 mins) Drama.
Dinah Sheridan, James Etherington, Moore Marriott, John Bentley, Tamara Desni, Maire O’Neill.
Director: John Argyle.
Shot at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.
“Hill 16” (2005) (125 mins) Comedy/Thriller.
Conor Ryan, Barbara Dempsey and Damien Hannaway.
Writer/Director: Dermot Doyle.
Production Company: Blue Bridge Pictures.
Filmed in Dublin, Meath and Wicklow.
Low budget (€20,000).
Debut feature film from Dermot Doyle.
The darkly comic story of a Dublin teenager’s obsession with a local teacher and her mysterious affair with his older cousin amidst a backdrop of warring drug gangs in suburban Dublin.
Not released on DVD.
“His Mother” (1912)
J.P. McGowan, Gene Gauntier and Jack J. Clark.
Director: Sidney Olcott.
Shot in Beaufort, Co.Kerry and in the USA.
Jack J Clark (Terence, the violinist), Anna Clark (Terence’s mother), J P McGowan (John Foster, an American banker). Gene Gauntier (Foster’s daughter), Alice Hollister, Arthur Donaldson.
Available from the I.F.I. as part of “The O’Kalem Collection” DVD.
“Hit Producer, The” (2015) (107 mins) Indie Crime Thriller.
Michelle Doherty, Neill Fleming, Fergus Kealy, Rory Mullen, Susan Barrett, Brian Baker, Paul Gosker, Ed Beausang, Michael Heavey, Aenne Barr, Tom Maguire.
Director: Kevin de la Isla O’Neill. Screenplay: Niall Queenan.
Low budget: €18,000 (estimated), raised through Crowdfunding on Fundit.ie
Katelin Ballantine, a struggling movie producer in search of an investor, reluctantly follows the promise of money into Dublin’s drug underworld where she witnesses a botched murder attempt. Forced to finish the job, she is blackmailed into killing for Edmund Murren, a small-time, ruthless drug supplier hell-bent on becoming top dog. Two years later, Katelin has put a who’s who list of drug bosses six feet under and uses her producer role to maintain a low profile. But, when a seemingly simple job unexpectedly spirals out of control, and her identity becomes known to Murren’s remaining ambitious and vengeful rivals, she is cut loose. Now the target, and with family in the line of fire, Katelin must adapt to survive the onslaught of the drug underworld as the thin veil masking her double life slips away. Niall Queenan – Scriptwriter.
Available on DVD here: www.thehitproducer.com
“Hole in the Ground, The” (2019) (90 mins) Horror.
Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Simone Kirby.
Director: Lee Cronin
Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill (Seána Kerslake) and her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that hides an enormous sinkhole. One night, Chris vanishes, and when he reappears he seems unharmed and unchanged. But, as his behaviour grows increasingly disturbing, Sarah begins to fear that the boy who has returned may not be her son at all. A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to the sinkhole.
Cinema release 1st March 2019.
“Holy Water” (2009) (93 mins) Comedy.
John Lynch, Cornelius Clarke, Angeline Ball and Lochlainn O’Mearain.
Director: Michael O’Mahony.
Filmed in England (Devon).
Four bachelors living in the remote Irish spa town of Kilcoulin’s Leap feel that life is passing them by. With no career opportunities, very few eligible women, and (apart from the handful of geriatrics their band plays for on Saturday nights) no nightlife to speak of, it seems they are fated to live out the rest of their lives in a state of crippling boredom. But things liven up when local postman Podger Byrnes (Cornelius Clarke) hatches a daring plan to hijack a shipment of Viagra and sell it on the open market in Amsterdam. When the manufacturers turn up the heat in their search for their shipment, the boys panic and hide the Viagra down the town’s Holy Well.
Available on DVD from Amazon
“Home for Christmas” (2002) (55 mins) Drama. Made for RTE TV.
Isabella Devine, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Dearbhla Molloy.
Director: Charlie McCarthy.
Production company: Icebox Films.
Home for Christmas is set in the heart of middle-class small-town Ireland on a contemporary Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, imploding with the season’s heightened expectations and disappointments, drink-fuelled garrulousness and silence, family role-playing and honesty, sliced through with sharp black comedy.
Aired on RTE TV – 26/12/2002.
Does not appear to have had a DVD release.
“Home is the Hero” (1958) (83 mins) Drama
Arthur Kennedy, Walter Macken, Harry Brogan, Maire O’Donnell, Eileen Crowe, Joan O’Hara.
Director: Fielder Cook.
Aka “Sins of the Father”.
The first film completed at Ardmore Studios. Based upon a play by Walter Macken, who plays the part of Paddo O’Reilly.
Shot at Ardmore and on location in Dublin.
Ardmore restored a copy in 2012 see here: http://tomtdowling.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/home-is-the-hero-1958-first-film-made-at-ardmore-studios-at-the-ifi/
“Honeymooners, The” (2003) (90 mins) Comedy/Romance.
Jonathan Byrne, Alex Reid and Justine Mitchell.
Writer/Director: Karl Golden.
Filmed in Ireland – Counties Antrim and Dublin.
David (Jonathan Byrne), a jilted groom, and Claire (Alex Reid), a fired waitress who has just finished with her married lover, form an unlikely alliance and find themselves on a road trip through the depths of rural Ireland.
Available on DVD and also as a newspaper promo DVD – see above.
“Honeymooners, The” (2005) (90 mins) Comedy.
Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Eric Stoltz, and John Leguizamo.
Director: John Schultz.
Filmed in the USA – New Jersey and New York. Ireland – Dublin and Wicklow (Ardmore Studios).
The Honeymooners is an updated movie version of the classic Jackie Gleason television series of the same name. The story involves two best friends, New York City bus driver Ralph and sewer worker Ed, who hatch crazy schemes backed by their wives, Alice and Trixie, in an effort to get the homes they think they deserve. From Element Pictures.ie
Available on DVD.
“Honeymoon for One” (2011) (90 mins) The Hallmark Channel. Romance.
Nicollette Sheridan, Greg Wise, Patrick Baladi, Victoria Smurfit, Doireann Ní Chorragáin.
Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin – Luttrellstown Castle and Sandyford. County Wicklow – Enniskerry and Powerscourt Demesne.
Eve Parker (Nicollette Sheridan), a driven and successful advertising executive from Los Angeles, is devastated when she finds out her fiancé, Greg (Patrick Baladi), has been cheating on her. Leaving Greg behind, Eve decides to go on their honeymoon alone—to a breathtaking castle in the Irish countryside that Greg’s company has just bought and plans to turn into a golf course. But Eve soon discovers the honeymoon suite isn’t so sweet when everything starts to go wrong, from her lost luggage to her repeated run-ins with the estate’s manager Sean (Greg Wise), a handsome outdoorsman with a knack for getting on her nerves. It is a culture clash between the big city girl and a nature-loving Irishman, but soon things get even more confusing when Greg shows up to try to woo Eve back to the altar. Hallmark site.
Does not appear to have had an official DVD release.
“Hostage” (1985) (40 mins) IRA Drama.
Marie Conmee, Alan Devlin and Margaret Doyle.
Directed by Aisling Walsh.
Production: National Film and Television School, Buckinghamshire, England.
House of the Damned (1996) (83 mins) Horror.
Aka “Spectre: A Legacy of Evil” and “Escape to Nowhere”.
Alexandra Paul, Greg Evigan and Briana Evigan.
Director: Scott P. Levy.
Filmed in County Galway.
Glen Abbey Manor looks like a dream house, but lurking within the walls of this mansion in Ireland is a centuries-old nightmare. Will South (Greg Evigan), his wife, Maura (Alexandra Paul), and their daughter Audrey (Briana Evigan) inherit the home and fall victim to haunting by the ghost of a young girl. The horror continues as a hellish chain of events leaves a priest and a clairvoyant dead. After discovering the body of the dead girl inside the house, the family gives her a proper burial, hoping to end the horror – but the nightmare is just beginning as the family find themselves fighting for their lives to reclaim their home and lay the spirits to rest.
Available as “Spectre” on VHS (used) and very scarce.
“How About You” (2007) (87 mins) Drama.
Joss Ackland, Hayley Atwell, Orla Brady, Brenda Fricker, Vanessa Redgrave and Joan O’Hara.
Director: Anthony Byrne.
Based on a short story by Maeve Binchy.
Filmed in Rostrevor, County Down and County Wicklow.
Since the death of her husband, Kate (Orla Brady) has been running a residential home for elderly residents. When her mother is taken ill, Kate reluctantly leaves her impetuous younger sister Ellie (Hayley Atwell) in charge over the Christmas period. Looking after the home proves to be a mammoth task. Although most of the residents have left to spend the festive season with their families four grumpy residents known as the “hard core” are left. Retired screen beauty Georgia (Vanessa Redgrave), spinster sisters Hazel (Imelda Staunton) and Heather (Brenda Fricker) and reformed alcoholic High Court Judge Donald (Joss Ackland). It’s a baptism of fire for Ellie whose youth and inexperience bring her head to head with the cantankerous foursome, resulting in hilarious and sometimes sad antics of these uncivilised seniors.
Available on DVD.
“How Harry Became a Tree” (2001) (100 mins) Dark Comedy. aka “Bitter Harvest” (USA).
Colm Meaney, Adrian Dunbar, Cillian Murphy and Kerry Condon.
Director: Goran Paskaljevic.
Production company: Paradox Films.
Filmed in Ireland – County Wicklow…
1920s Ireland. Widower Harry Maloney (Colm Meaney), having lost his eldest son in the Civil War, is left with only youngest son Gus (Cillian Murphy) to help him scratch a living on his small cabbage farm. Slowly cracking up, Harry believes that a man is measured by his enemies, and so he plots to destroy local publican George O’Flaherty (Adrian Dunbar), the most powerful man in the village. Unfortunately for Harry, his chosen nemesis is also the town matchmaker, and he needs George to broker the marriage of his dim but handsome son, Gus. Being indebted to George only fuels Harry’s irrational hatred more. But somehow, no matter how hard he schemes to bedevil George, Harry proves to be his own worst enemy.
Very scarce on VHS and DVD from Amazon.com
How Many Miles to Babylon (1982) (111 mins) Made for BBC TV.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Christopher Fairbank and Sian Phillips.
Director: Moira Armstrong.
Based on the novel by Jennifer Johnston.
Filmed on location at Ballinacor Estate, Co.Wicklow.
Ireland 1914. A young member of the Protestant Anglo-Irish landed gentry forms a friendship with a poor Irish Catholic from the neighbouring village. The Protestant, Alexander Moore (Daniel Day-Lewis), is warned by his mother to break off the friendship because it is simply not done. When Britain enters the First World War, Alexander’s father, who supports Home Rule and is sympathetic to the Irish nationalist cause opposes his son’s joining the army saying that it is not Ireland’s fight, but his aristocratic English mother encourages it. Alexander’s friend, Jerry Crowe (Christopher Fairbank) also joins up, much to Alexander’s surprise since he knows that Jerry is an extreme Irish nationalist, but it turns out that he has ulterior motives. In the end, they are sent to the front in France. Alexander, coming from a “good family” is made an officer, but Jerry is just a private. In spite of the rules against fraternization, the two remain good friends.
Available on VHS from Amazon.com – rare.
Also as part of a Daniel Day-Lewis Triple Feature DVD set on Amazon.com.
“How to Be Happy” (2013) (80 mins) Comedy/Romance.
Brian Gleeson, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Stephen Mullan.
Directors: Michael Rob Costine, Mark Gaster, Brian O’Neill.
Filmed in Ireland – Dublin City.
Low budget: €11,000 (estimated).
Following a bad breakup, relationship councillor Cormac Kavanagh (Brian Gleeson) starts sleeping with his clients in a misguided attempt to reignite their passions.
Does not appear to be available on DVD – April 2016.
“How to Cheat in the Leaving Certificate” (1997) (80 mins) Drama
Eamon Morrissey, Aileen O’Connor, Mary McEvoy, Mick Lally, Maureen Potter and Garret Baker.
Director: Graham Jones.
A lot of well known Irish personalities such as Chris de Burgh, Fergal Quinn etc. have cameo roles..
Following the suicide of a close friend, Fionn (Garret Baker) devises a plan to cheat in the Leaving Certificate as a way of showing up the system he believes was responsible for his friend’s death. He enlists the support of a motley crew of co-conspirators including card-carrying trendy social drop-out Cara (Aileen O’Connor), know-it-all investigative journalist Murphy (Philip Bredin), teenage electronics boffin Elli (Alison Coffey), bored locksmith Gary (John Wright) and shy, repressed brainbox Una (Tara Ford). In the style of the classic ‘caper’ movie, the gang plot to steal copies of the test papers from the Department of Education’s warehouse in Athlone.
Not available on DVD, but full movie is on YouTube – above.
“Hunger” (2008) (96 mins) Drama.
Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan and Liam Cunningham.
Director: Steve McQueen.
An exploration of the real-life events surrounding the 1981 IRA hunger strike at Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison. Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), an IRA member who leads a hunger strike as a protest against Britain’s refusal to give political status to IRA prisoners.
Available on DVD.
Hungry Hill (1947) (92 mins) Drama.
Margaret Lockwood, Cecil Parker, Jean Simmons, Barbara Waring, Dennis Price, Arthur Sinclair, F.J. McCormick, Eileen Crowe, Siobhan McKenna, Michael Denison.
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst.
Adapted from a novel by Daphne du Maurier, and based upon real events in the copper-mining area of Berehaven, Allihies, County Cork in the mid-19th century.
Filmed, in part, in Glengarriff, County Cork and Avoca (?) Co. Wicklow.
Daphne du Maurier herself helped write the script of this fine movie adaptation of her best-selling full-blooded historical romantic novel.
An epic saga of two feuding West Cork families spread over five generations. The Brodricks represent the landowning class while the Donovans are the dispossessed Irish. When John Brodrick opens a copper mine on his land and brings in Cornish miners to work in it the seething resentment of the Donovans and their neighbours boils over…
There’s a lot packed into 90 minutes – violence, romance, tragedy and a little stage Irishness, but not too much of the latter – and it’s easy viewing.
Was released on VHS. Is widely available on DVD (copied) and as part of a remastered DVD set – see above.
“Hush-A-Bye Baby” (1989) (72 mins) Drama.
Emer McCourt, Sinéad O’Connor, Michael Liebmann, Cathy Casey, Julie Marie Reynolds, Seamus Ball and Rosina Brown.
Director: Margo Harkin.
Filmed in Derry and Donegal.
In 1980s Catholic, Derry, Goretti Friel (Emer McCourt) is one of a spirited group of four teenage girlfriends with boys on their minds.. Her boyfriend, Ciarán (Michael Liebmann), is arrested for committing a ‘terrorist’ offence in the occupied counties. When Goretti finds herself pregnant Ciarán rejects her and she is left to handle the crisis on her own: to have the child or have an abortion.
Aired on RTÉ on 20th September 1990.
Released on VHS and still available on DVD here: www.besomproductions.co.uk