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“Lad from Old Ireland, The” (1910) Drama.

Gene Gauntier, Robert Vignola.

Director: Sidney Olcott

Filmed at Beaufort, Killarney, Co.Kerry and in the USA – New York.

First film by Olcott in Ireland. First U.S. film shot on location outside the United States.


An Irish immigrant to New York makes his fortune and returns to Ireland to save his mother and girlfriend from eviction.

Available from the Irish Film Institute on “The O’Kalem Collection” DVD.

“Lads, The” (2017) Thriller/Comedy

Ryan Hennessy, Dylan Hanlon, David O Gorman, Keira Williamson, Adam Behan, Dave Boyle and Ian Adams.

Director: Ian Adams.

Ultra low budget – €252.76

The Lads premiered at The Reel Film Festival in Cork – Sept.2017.

From their Facebook page: No more balaclavas anymore for us and We celebrated with a big fuckin bag of cans!!! This film cost us €252.76 to make from our own pocket. After 1 year and 5 months of hard work from all the cast and crew we have finally finished our film “The Lads”. Started filming 7/02/16 and we finished shooting 23/06/17.


In selected Omniplex cinemas at Rathmines, Cork, Limerick and Arklow for a week from Sept.21st, 2018.

“La Jeune Folle”  (1952) (84 mins) Drama. B+W, French language.

aka “Desperate Decision“,  “The Troubles”,  “Revenge at Daybreak

Daniele Delorme, Henri Vidal, Nicolas Vogel.

Director: Yves Allégret.

Exteriors were shot in Dublin.

The film is based on the novel “Ar Follez Yaouank” by Catherine Beauchamp a pseudonym of Francine Rozec, a Breton poet. During WW.2. she was involved in a Breton pro-Nazi militia modelled on the IRA and fled to Ireland after the war.

During the Irish War of Independence, a strange young woman Catherine (Daniele Delorme) who lives in a convent is haunted by premonitions. She gets the feeling that her brother needs her, but in fact he has been killed by the IRA as an informer. As she searches for her brother, she is sheltered by the organisation and unknowingly falls in love with her brother’s killer.

La Jeune Folle  

Available on VHS (1992) – French language with no subtitles – ultra rare; also on DVD (2016).

Best searched for on Amazon/eBay – French and German sites.

“Lamb” (1985) (110 mins) (PG) Drama.

Liam Neeson, Hugh O’Conor, Ian Bannen, Rouan Wilmot, France Tomelty, Dudley Sutton.

Director: Colin Gregg.

Filmed in Northern Ireland, England – London, Liverpool and Cornwall.


Idealistic young priest Michael Lamb (Liam Neeson) is struggling with his faith following the death of his father. When 10-year-old epileptic Owen (Hugh O’Conor) is dumped at the remand home where Michael teaches, he begins to regress under the brutal regime of head priest Brother Benedict (Ian Bannen). Feeling a kinship for young Owen, Michael snatches him from the school and the pair go on the run to London, posing as father and son. But time begins to run out very quickly and Lamb has to make a very difficult decision…

Available on VHS and DVD .

“Land Before Time, The” (1988) (69 mins) Animated Children’s Movie.

Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Helen Shaver, Candace Huston, Judith Barsi, Will Ryan, Burke Barnes.

Director: Don Bluth.

Produced entirely at the Sullivan Bluth (Dublin) Studio.

Sequels: “The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure” (1994) and “The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving” – Dinosaurs set out on an adventure.

Available on VHS and DVD.

“Land of her Fathers” (1924) Romantic Drama

Michael MacLiammoir, Phyllis Wakeley, Frank Hugh O’Donnell, Barry Fitzgerald, Maureen Delaney.

Director: John Hurley.

Filmed in Enniskerry and Killarney.

Based on an original short story by Dorothea Donn-Byrne.

The last print of this film was stolen in New York and has never resurfaced.

Not available.

“Langrishe, Go Down” (1978) (105 mins) Drama. BBC TV.

Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Annette Crosbie and Harold Pinter.

Director: David Hugh Jones.

Screenplay by Harold Pinter and based on the novel by Aidan Higgins.

Filmed at Ferrybank, Waterford, County Waterford.


Jeremy Irons

In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck (Jeremy Irons), a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making pompous declamations, rents the back lodge to work on his esoteric thesis. Imogen Langrishe (Judi Dench), the least repressed of the sisters, begins an affair with Otto. She takes the love affair seriously, but Otto just enjoys the cheap lodging and the comfort of Imogen. IMDb.

Available from Amazon on DVD (Region 1 import) – scarce.

“Lapsed Catholics” (1987) (53 mins) Drama. RTE TV movie.

Patrick Bergin, Gerard McSorley, Anne Byrne and Margaret Callan.

Director: Barry Devlin.

Production company: RTE/Windmill Lane Productions.

Filmed in County Dublin.

This spoof drama, shot in documentary style, goes behind the scenes as 70s Irish rock band Lapsed Catholics reunite for a one-off charity gig. In the days leading up to the gig underlying tensions come to the surface within the band. These ultimately threaten the rehearsal sessions and the gig itself. TCD.IE

Not available.

“Lassie” (2005) (100 mins) Family Drama.

Peter O’Toole, Samantha Morton, John Lynch, Peter Dinklage.

Director: Charles Sturridge.

Filmed in Ireland at a wide variety of locations including the Clancy Barracks in Dublin (Yorkshire village set); Stradbally Hall, County Laois; Kilruddery House, Bray. Also shot in Scotland, England and the Isle of Man.


Lassie is the timeless story of the remarkable bond between a young boy and his dog set in a Yorkshire mining town. After falling on hard times, the Carraclough family is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog, to the Duke of Rudling. When Lassie finds herself transported five hundred miles away to live in the Duke’s remote castle on the northern coast of Scotland, she is determined to defy the odds and return to her home. So begins an incredible adventure, set against a stunning series of British landscapes, which sees Lassie facing dangers natural and human and finding help in unexpected places as she makes her way across the country, to reach home in time for Christmas.

Available on DVD.

“Last Bus Home, The” (1997) (93 mins) Music/Drama

Annie Ryan, Brian O’Bryne, Anthony Brophy, Gemma Craven, Brendan Coyle, Donal O’Kelly.

Director: Johnny Gogan.

Filmed in County Dublin.

Last Bus Home

It is 1979 and two teenage punks Reena and Jessop meet in Dublin. They decide to form a band, which they name The Dead Patriots, and over the next three years become a big attraction in a small town. When Petie, the band’s drummer starts an affair with ‘The Bard’, a sexually ambiguous solo performer, Jessop realises that Reena has been keeping something from him. Reena senses that the band is self-destructing and wants to accept a poor record deal in London. When Jessop refuses to move, hostilities began to develop between the erstwhile friends.

Released on VHS and DVD (2002) but very hard to find.

“Last Days in Dublin” (2001) (74 mins) Drama

Grattan Smith, Wuzza Conlon and Hughie Kelly.

Writer/Director: Lance Daly.

Filmed in ‘grainy’ black + white.

Debut film from director Lance Daly.

Shot on location in Dublin, Wicklow, New York, Paris and Cairo.

A low budget Irish independent feature film following the adventures of Monster (Grattan Smith), a young Dubliner who dreams of travelling abroad in search of opportunity and adventure. Finding his plans constantly thwarted by a host of oddball characters, including getting mugged on the way to the ferry, he is joined by Freddie (Wuzza Conlon), a homeless explorer, as he rallies to find an alternate escape. David Norris and  Nell McCafferty have cameo appearances.

Appears to be available on DVD in Australia here: www.acashic.com/last-days-of-dublin-dvd

“Last Duel, The” Historical Drama/Thriller

Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck.

Director: Ridley Scott.

Based on the book The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager, the screenplay is written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Nicole Holofcener.

Filming in France; Cahir Castle, Tipperary; Bective, Meath and Wicklow in Oct.2020.

“Last Furlong, The” (2005) Comedy. RTE TV series.

Simon Delaney, Orla Fitzgerald and Garrett Keogh.

Director: Kieran Carney.

Production Company: Great Western Films/RTE.

Filmed in Portugal and Ireland – County Dublin (Dun Laoghaire); County Roscommon (Ballaghaderreen and Roscommon Town) and County Mayo (Newport).

A short-lived Irish comedy/drama television series which aired on RTÉ from 14 November – 19 December 2005. Originally created by Simon Delaney and co-written with director Kieran Carney.

Diogo Bernardo Furlong, a Portuguese cabaret singer and songwriter travels to Ireland to scatter his mother’s ashes over the grave of his Irish father.

Does not appear to have had a DVD release.

“Last Light, The” (2011) (85 mins) Horror.

Robert Render, Jo Crawford, Vivian Jamison, Peter Meehan, Jenna McCormick.

Written, Directed and Produced by George Clarke. Yellow Fever Productions.

Low budget.

Filmed on location in Northern Ireland –  Cairndhu House, Larne, County Antrim.

The Last Light

The Last Light is the violently haunting tale of a (real) Ulster mansion, donated as a war hospital in the early 1900’s before turning into a retirement home for the old and wealthy. Even as a listed building, the house was left to waste, and soon became a playground for kids who destroyed the original features of the place, upsetting not just the local people and historians, but something deep within the walls…

A local handyman is hired to brick up all entrances and windows of the place, but on his last night, gets the feeling he’s not alone!

Is it the kids – or is it a little bit of history that doesn’t want to be sealed off forever?

Available on DVD.

“Last of Summer, The” (1977) RTE TV drama series. 4 hour long episodes??

Susan Fitzgerald, Ronnie Masterson, Gerard McSorley and Godfrey Quigley.

Director: Dónall Farmer.

Based on a story by Kate O’Brien. Adapted for television by Tony Hickey.

All Europe is basking in the long, hot summer of 1939. But rumbles of imminent war reach even the Kernahan family in the quietness of Drumaninch, and when a beautiful stranger descends on them their own peace is threatened. TCD.IE

Not available.

“Last of the High Kings” (1996) (103 mins) Drama.

Catherine O’Hara, Jared Leto, Christina Ricci, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea, Colm Meaney.

Director: David Keating.

Production Company: Parallel Films.

Based the novel of the same name by Ferdia McAnna.

Aka ‘Summer Fling’ .

Filmed in north Dublin seaside village of Howth.

Summer Fling

It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie Griffin (Jared Leto), caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in school. Convinced he will fail, he survives the summer organising a beach party, having lustful thoughts about two girls that he believes are unobtainable and fending off the advances from a visiting American family friend, all whilst coping with his oddball family.

Available on VHS and DVD.

“Last Remake of Beau Geste, The” (1977) (85 mins) Comedy.

Marty Feldman, Ann Margret, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, Trevor Howard, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan, Sinéad Cusack, Michael McConkey, James Earl Jones, Terry Thomas.

Director: Marty Feldman.

Send-up of the original story by Percival Christopher Wren.

The film was shot on location in Spain – Madrid, and in Ireland at Ardmore Studios in Bray and on location at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin and Adare Manor near Limerick.

beau geste

The priceless Blue Water sapphire is coveted by the heirs of Sir Hector Geste (Trevor Howard) – his new wife, Flavia (Ann Margret); his daughter, Isabel (Sinéad Cusack); and his adopted twin sons, heroic Beau (Michael York) and pathetic Digby (Marty Feldman). When Sir Hector takes to his deathbed (where he remains for the duration of the film), Beau disappears and joins the French Foreign Legion taking the stone, to keep it from his stepmother. Flavia pursues him to North Africa, dispensing sexual favours to promote her schemes.

Available on VHS and DVD.

“Last Right, The”  (2019) (106 mins) Comedy

Michiel Huisman, Michael McElhatton Brian Cox, Colm Meaney, Jim Norton.

Writer/Director: Aoife Crehan.

Filmed on location in Ireland.

A fateful exchange on a flight has consequences for Daniel Murphy (Michiel Huisman). He’s left in charge of a corpse of someone he never knew. He is persuaded to take on the challenge of getting a coffin from his family home in Clonakilty, West Cork to Rathlin Island off the North Coast of Antrim.

In cinemas from the 6th December 2019.

“Last September, The”  (1999) (104 mins) Drama.

Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Jane Birkin, Tom Hickey, Fiona Shaw and David Tennant.

Director: Deborah Warner.

Screenplay by John Banville. Based on the novel by Elizabeth Bowen.

Filmed in Co.Meath – Slane and Dowth Hall.

The last September

Set in County Cork,in 1920, the drama unfolds at Danielstown House, the home of Anglo-Irish aristocrats Sir Richard Naylor (Michael Gambon) and his wife, Lady Myra (Maggie Smith). As the war for Irish independence escalates around them, Sir Richard’s nineteen-year-old niece, Lois (Keeley Hawes), struggles with her longing for love and the yearning for freedom. She is being courted by a British Army captain (David Tennant) who is deeply in love with her. But when she discovers an old childhood friend who is now an Irish freedom fighter hiding on their estate, she becomes fascinated by the rebel he has become. It’s not long before the violent turmoil that has thus far remained at a safe distance threatens to transform all their lives forever.

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD.

“Laws of Attraction” (2004) (90 mins) Comedy/Romance.

Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Parker Posey and Michael Sheen.

Director: Peter Howitt.

Filmed in Ireland – including Ardmore Studios; Humewood Castle in Kiltegan, County Wicklow and County Dublin. Also New York.

Laws Of Attraction (2004) Las Leyes De La Atraccion [Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Michael Sheen]

Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) and Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) are the best divorce lawyers in New York – neither has ever lost a case. She is serious and by-the-book, he is laid-back and unorthodox. So when they are pitted against one another in a nasty public divorce between two celebrity clients (Parker Posey) and (Michael Sheen), it’s a court case quite like no other. This is a downright dirty and delicious match up and, along with insults, sparks are going to fly.But after a flying visit to Ireland to gather evidence, and too many pints at the local pub, the pair can’t seem to resist their mutual attraction and wake up as husband and wife – and that’s without any kind of pre-nuptial agreement! Just how Audrey and Daniel move to strike this “technicality” and win their respective cases is anyone’s guess, but it’s bound to be a legal first!

Available on DVD.

“League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, The” (2005) (91 mins) Drama/Comedy.

Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Liam Cunningham and Reece Shearsmith.

Director: Steve Bendelack.

Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin and in County Wicklow – Powerscourt Estate and Wicklow Town. Also shot in England – Yorkshire and Derbyshire.


In this feature length adventure based on the darkly hilarious “League of Gentlemen” TV series, the fictional world of Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the only way to avert disaster is for our nightmarish cast of local characters to find a way into the real world and confront their creators. From present day Soho to the fictional film world of 17th Century Britain, the residents must overcome countless bizarre obstacles in their bid to return Royston Vasey to safety by literally meeting their makers!

Available on DVD.

“Leap Year” (2010) (100 mins) Comedy/Romance.

Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott.

Director: Anand Tucker.

Filmed on location in Ireland – Galway (Aran Islands and Connemara), Kerry and Wicklow – Ardmore Studios, Enniskerry, Luggala Estate near Roundwood, Laragh, Upper Lake at Glendalough and Glen of Imaal.

When their four-year anniversary passes without a marriage proposal, Anna (Amy Adams) is forced to take matters into her own hands. Investing in an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on February 29th, Anna decides to follow her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin and get down on one knee herself.

But airplanes, weather and fate leave Anna stranded on the wrong side of Ireland, and she must enlist the help of handsome but surly Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. As Anna and Declan bicker their way across the Emerald Isle, they discover that the road to love can take you to some very unexpected places.

Available from Amazon.com on DVD.

“Legend” (2006) Drama TV series for RTÉ. (6 x 60 min episodes?)

Padraic Delaney, Allen Leech and Ruth Bradley.

Director: Ken Harmon.

Production company: Icebox Films.

Filmed at Bray, Co.Wicklow and Fettercairn, Tallaght, Co.Dublin.

Drama series set on a Dublin housing estate which focuses on three different families. In the first episode Fridge’s life is turned upside down and he is trying to hang on to his sanity in a wake at his home following the death of his beloved wife Harriet who has been killed by a joyrider. Several friends, neighbours and a local policeman attend the wake. Fridge finds an accidentally-concealed note from his wife telling him to fix a cupboard in the kitchen – and he makes off on his bicycle to buy the tools for the job. Tensions arise at the wake among a criminal gang which includes the silently menacing Dancer. Fridge’s separated friend Willy whose ex, Jacinta, is now going out with new boyfriend Barry, fears that the latter will become a father figure to his daughter Saoirse. The following day, a workmen arrive to install a new kitchen at Fridge’s house – and he discovers that it was ordered the week before by his wife Harriet, and, worse still, that she had borrowed the money from Dancer.

Does not seem to be available.

“Legend of Longwood, The” (2014) (90 mins) Children’s Fantasy Drama.

Robery Lindsay, Miriam Margoyles, Lucy Morton, Lorcan Bonner, Thekla Reuten, Brendan Conroy, Lorcan Cranitch.

Director: Lisa Mulcahy.

Budget €4,650,000.

Shot in Ireland – Wicklow (Powerscourt and Newtownmountkennedy) Dublin (Howth Castle), and Germany.

12-year old Mickey Merill (Lucy Morton), a single-minded young girl, is dragged by her mother from the bustle of New York City to a remote corner of Ireland, where she finds the people swamped by the curse of a Black Knight seeking redemption. It’s Mickey’s destiny to free the people from this curse, and in so doing she goes on a thrilling adventure of mysterious happenings and challenging feats, where she must overcome the most ruthless of enemies, as well as her denial about her past.must overcome the most ruthless of enemies, as well as her own denial about her past.

Available on DVD.

“Legend of the Bog” (2009) (90 mins) Horror.

Vinnie Jones, Jason Barry, Nora-Jane Noone and Amy Huberman.

Director: Brendan Foley.

Aka “Assault of Darkness”.

Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin.


A 2,000-year old murder victim, a bronze-age warrior perfectly preserved in Ireland’s ancient peat bogs, is dug up and dumped by a greedy property developer. The huge, undead fighter goes in search of a new place to lie down and causes havoc en route, meeting up with a group of young Irish and American characters, who each unwittingly share a guilty secret. The group including an archaeology professor, his minder, tourists, the property developer and a taxi driver, end up trapped in a rundown cottage in the bog.

Available on DVD.

“Legion Hall Bombing, The” (1978) (75 mins) BBC Play for Today: Season 8, Episode 18.

Robert Kavanagh, May Ollis, Ewen White, David Kelly, Niall Tobin and Jeananne Crowley.

The transmission of this episode was postponed several times, and when it did finally air, it was shown with cuts; the writer Caryl Churchill and director Roland Joffé had their names removed from the credits in protest.

The story of the trial of Willie Gallagher, convicted of bombing the British Legion Hall in Strabane in 1976.

Does not appear to be available.

Les Années Lumière (1981) (105 mins) Drama.

Trevor Howard, Mick Ford, Bernice Stegers, Henri Vorlogeux and Gerard Mannix Flynn.

Director: Alain Tanner.

Based on a novel by Daniel Odier.

Filmed at Letterfrack in Connemara, County Galway; also Dublin City.

Les Années Lumière (1981

Although filmed in English and shot in Ireland, it was made by a Swiss director and produced by companies from France and Switzerland. The film won the Grand Prix Prize at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.

The story of a young man who meets an old man who says he was taught by birds how to fly and is building a flying machine.

Available from Amazon on DVD – scarce and quite expensive!

“Les Roses de Dublin” (1981) (307 mins) French language. TV mini-series (6 episodes).

aka “Die Rosen von Dublin” (German DVD title)

Jean-Claude Bouillon, Berenice Toolan, Colm Meaney, Emmet Bergin, Tom Hickey, Moira Deady, Thomas Jordan and Yves Afonso.

Les Roses de Dublin DVD

Available on DVD from eBay.de and on Amazon.de – no subtitles! (3 DVD set) and as Les Roses de Dublin on DVD from eBay.fr and Amazon.fr

“Let’s Be Famous” (1939) (83 mins) Comedy.

Jimmy O’Dea, Betty Driver and Sonnie Hale.

Director: Walter Forde.

Filmed at Ealing Studios, London.

Betty Driver starred for many years as Betty Williams in TV’s “Coronation Street”.


Irish village shopkeeper Jimmy fancies himself as a great singer; when he catches the attention of a passing BBC official, his dream seems to be within reach…

Available on DVD as part of a box set.

“Let us Prey” (2014) (89 mins) Horror.

Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Douglas Russell, Hanna Stanbridge.

Director: Brian O’Malley.

Shot in Ireland and Scotland.


Late one night, when a mysterious man “Six” (Liam Cunningham) hands himself in to a  police station in a small Scottish town it soon appears that he seems to know about the inner demons of everyone there, the police and prisoners alike. All of these individuals have dark secrets and the mystery man is the catalyst that brings them to the fore. A terrifying chain reaction begins among his fellow inmates and as madness descends, blood starts to flow and WPC Rachel Heggie (Pollyanna McIntosh) finds herself with her back to the wall, fighting for her life.

Available on DVD.

“Lies My Father Told Me” (1960) (60 mins) Drama. B+W.

Betsy Blair, Harry Brogan, Eddie Golden, Terry Raven.

Director: Don Chaffey.

Emmet Dalton Productions.

The film was first shown publicly at the Cork Film Festival. Although it received good reviews and it may have been the best performance of Harry Brogan’s career, the film disappeared after its first screening because some criticized it as anti-semitic. Brogan felt the film was not in the least anti-semitic.

Story about the family relationships of five Jewish people who have made their home in Dublin

Not available.

“Life, A” (1984) (131 mins) RTE TV movie.

Paul Rogers, Aideen O’Kelly, Godfrey Quigley, Lise Ann McLaughlin.

Director: Louis Lenten.

Scriptwriter: Hugh Leonard.

Not available.

“Life After Life” (1995) (85 mins) Drama. BBC Northern Ireland.

Lorcan Cranitch, Jonathan Arun, Des McAleer, Michelle Fairley.

Director: Tim Fywell.

Leo Doyle (Lorcan Cranitch), mid-thirties and single, is released into ceasefire Belfast after serving a life sentence for an IRA murder. But the hero’s welcome he expected wears thin when he finds the struggle has no further use for him. Desperate for a cause, Leo tries to rekindle an affair with his former fiancee Roisin (Michelle Fairley), throwing his family into emotional chaos. www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/catalogue/191/108/life-after-life-1994.aspx

Not officially available.

“Life & Adventures Of Nick Nickleby, The” (2012) (300 mins) Drama. BBC.1. mini-series.

Andrew Simpson, Linda Bassett, Adrian Dunbar, Bronagh Gallagher, Jayne Wisener, Jonathan Harden.

Director: David Innes Edwards.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast, Lurgan, Newcastle…

An updating of one of Charles Dickens’ best-loved novels demonstrating how the underlying themes remain as culturally relevant now as they did in Victorian England. After the death of his father, Nick travels to London with his mother and younger sister in search of help from their wealthy Uncle Ralph. However, a tangled web of corruption and deceit will threaten the future of this vulnerable family.

Looks a cracker judging from the YouTube trailer!

Available on DVD Amazon.com

“Life of Michael Dwyer, The” (1919)

F.J. McCormick.

Director: John McDonagh.

Produced by the Irish Film Company.

Filmed mainly around Dublin.

Not available.

“Life’s a Breeze” (2013) (83 mins) Comedy/Drama. Turkey 1

Fionnula Flanagan,  Pat Shortt, Eva Birthistle and Kelly Thornton.

Director: Lance Daly.

An Irish-Swedish co-production between Fastnet Films and Anagram Produktions.

Filmed in County Dublin and Sweden.

Life's A Breeze

‘Life’s A Breeze’ follows a family’s search for the grandmother’s life savings when the mattress they were hidden inside is thrown out – sparking a nationwide hunt for the lost fortune.

Available on DVD.

“Light of Day, The” (2014) (85 mins) Comedy/Drama.

Jack Hickey, Lorna Larkin, Aidan Lawlor, Dermot Magennis.

Directors: Amy Carroll, Conor Dowling.

Production company: Filmbase.

Filmed in County Dublin.

A mockumentary starring Jack Hickey as Michael Matthews, director of photography on a low-budget horror film ‘The First Bite is the Deepest‘. Over the course of a tumultuous shoot, Michael attempts to deal with all manner of obstacles, including the film’s hapless director, Ritchie (Aidan Lawlor), an increasingly stressed and desperate producer, Desmond (Dermot Magennis), and Sarah Clarke (Lorna Larkin) the writer of the source material, a vampire graphic novel called The Quench. Can Michael ensure that the film eventually sees the light of day?

Not available.

“Lilac Bus, The” (1990) (90 mins) Drama. Made for RTE TV.

Stephanie Beacham, Emmet Bergin, Dervla Kirwan, Brendan Conroy, Con O’Neill, Beatie Edney and Rynagh O’Grady.

Director: Giles Foster.

Based on a novel by Maeve Binchy.


Every Friday evening Tom (Con O’Neill), drives his lilac bus from Dublin to Rathdoon, carrying five very different passengers. There’s Judy (Stephanie Beacham), who runs a health food shop in Dublin and who has a little country cottage in the grounds of the big house in which she once lived; Dee (Beatie Edney), a bright, attractive law student carrying on a doomed affair with a married doctor; mean Nancy Morris (Rynagh O’Grady), who works for the doctor and drives her flat mate mad with her petty ways; Celia (Dervla Kirwan), works as a nurse in Dublin and comes home every weekend to help her drunken mother to run the family pub and Mikey (Brendan Conroy), a bank clerk in Dublin and an eternal bachelor.

Each of the characters have come to a crossroad in his or her life, and this charming film tells their interwoven stories.

Available on VHS (scarce) and DVD (2008) also as a newspaper promo DVD.


“Lily of Killarney, The” (1929) Drama. B+W, silent.

Pamela Parr, Barbara Gott, Henry Wilson.

Director: George Ridgwell.

Production company: British International Pictures.

Exteriors were filmed around Killarney, where many of the events of the story are set.

Adaptation of an 1860 play by Dion Boucicault entitled ‘The Colleen Bawn,’ which was possibly the most popular play in Ireland in the 19th century. See “The Colleen Bawn,” a 1911 film version.

A defrocked priest secretly ‘marries’ Eily O’Connor, a beautiful young peasant woman, to Hardress Cregan, the 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 gCopaleen. At one point, Danny Mann, Hardress’ half-witted employee, attempts to drown Eily.

Not available.

“Lily of Killarney, The” (1934) (69 mins) Musical/Drama.  aka “Bride of the Lake”.

Gina Malo, John Garrick, Stanley Holloway, Leslie Perrins, Sara Allgood, Dennis Hoey, Dorothy Boyd, A. Bromley Davenport, Pamela May.

Director: Maurice Elvey.

Not available.

“Line of Duty” BBC TV Police Drama

Set in a generic British city – Season.1. filmed on UK mainland – with Seasons 2-4 shot in Belfast.

“Lion In Winter, The” (1968) (135 mins) Period Drama.

Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Merrow, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Terry, Nigel Stock.

Director: Anthony Harvey.

Adapted by James Goldman based upon his Broadway play.

Musical Score by: John Barry.

Interior scenes filmed at Ardmore Studios in Ireland, and exterior scenes were filmed in Ireland – County Wicklow; Wales and France.

Peter O’Toole plays Henry II in this film as he did in “Beckett”.

Film debuts of Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton.


In 1183, a power struggle erupts within England’s ruling family as Henry II decides upon his successor.

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD. Also available as a Daily Mail promo.

“List of Adrian Messenger, The” (1962) (98 mins) Murder/Mystery. B+W.

George C. Scott, Dana Wynter, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Clive Brook, John Huston, Herbert Marshall, Bernard Fox, Anthony Walter Huston and John Merivale.

Director: John Huston.

Based upon a novel by Philip MacDonald.

Irish scenes were mostly filmed around Cabinteely, County Dublin.


When his suspicions are raised by a series of gruesome, yet seemingly unrelated deaths, Adrian Messenger (John Merivale) asks his friend, retired M15 agent Anthony Gethryn (George C. Scott), to solve the unfolding mystery of a secret list bearing the names of the deceased.

When Messenger is himself killed, it transpires that a sinister villain is using a variety of disguises and schemes to bump off the eleven names on the list. Always seemingly one step ahead of the wily Gethryn, this criminal mastermind’s plot is about to come to its disastrous and devilish conclusion as the fate of the name at the bottom of the list draws near.

Hidden away amongst the cast of bizarre, double-crossing characters are Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra and Kirk Douglas. Most are very well disguised and the film’s epilogue reveals some surprises.

Available on VHS and DVD.

Little Foxes (2009) (90 mins) Drama. Czech/Irish production.

Jonathan Byrne, Rita Bánczi, Réka Derzsi.

Director: Mira Fornay.

Aka “Listicky” and “Foxes”.

Filmed in Dublin and Wicklow and the Czech Republic.

Low budget circa €1 million.

Four weeks shooting in Ireland and a week in the Czech Republic.

Listicky FOXES DVD

Alžběta (23), an au pair from South-East Slovakia is desperate to find a man and create a new life in Ireland. Her family home in Slovakia is to be torn down to make way for a motorway. Her older sister, Tina – engaged to an Irishman, Steve – wants to help her out, feeling she owes this to Alžběta. However, she refuses her sister’s help.

It appears that Alžběta is jealous of her sister’s better life and her engagement to Steve. From the beginning, there is a sense something dark and unsaid exists between the two sisters, something that creates great tension and prevents them from getting closer. From their perspective, men are the only things that offer happiness and a good life. The only possibility for the sisters to get out of this spiral is to face their common past, an incident about which no one has spoken since it happened.

Released on DVD in Europe.

31/12/2017 – full movie available on YouTube here: “Listicky”

“Little White Lie” (2008) Comedy/Romance. TV movie.

Andrew Scott, David Pearse, David Murray, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Andrew Bennett, Elaine Cassidy.

Director: Nick Renton.

Produced by Element Pictures in association with RTE.

This romantic comedy revolves around Barry, a down on his luck actor whose life and career has fallen apart since he was dumped by his high-flying girlfriend. When his agent Malcolm and his brother John, a psychiatrist, try to get him out of his slump by advising him to lie to women about what he does for a living, it all starts to get a little more complicated than Barry would have hoped for. From Element Pictures Website.

Not officially available.

“Little Women” (2017) (180 mins) BBC mini-series

Michael Gambon, Angela Lansbury.

Shot on location in County Wicklow and at Ardmore Studios.

“Lobster, The” (2015) (90 mins) Comedy/Romance/Sci-Fi

Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz,  Jessica Barden, Ariane Labed, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, John C. Reilly, Angeliki Papoulia, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Filmed in Sneem, Co.Kerry


A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into animals and released into the woods.

Available on DVD.


Lock Up Your Daughters (1968)  (102 mins) Comedy.

Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Glynis Johns, Ian Bannen, Tom Bell, Roy Kinnear, Elaine Taylor and Jim Dale.

Director: Peter Coe.

Filmed in Kilkenny City – Rothe House and other locations.

The making of the film created much controversy and even featured on RTE’s Newsbeat programme: “The Making of Lock up your Daughters”

Local women refused parts of buxom wenches in low-cut gowns, so women were brought in for these parts from England.

Lock Up Your Daughters poster

Set in 18th-century London.Three sailors on shore leave engage in a series of sexual pursuits. Jim Dale, Ian Bannen, and Tom Bell hit dry land with only one thing on their minds – something that lands everyone in jail in this comedic romp. Susannah York, Glynis Johns, and Elaine Taylor become the objects of the lovesick sailors’ alleged affections. The farcical proceedings are witnessed by Lord Foppington (Christopher Plummer), an aristocratic dandy who shudders in horror over the trouble the three sailors cause in their efforts to spice up their love lives.

Available on DVD here: www.modcinema.com 

Full movie on YouTube here: “Lock up your Daughters”

“Lodgers, The” (2017) (92 mins) Horror

Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon, David Bradley, Deirdre O’ Kane, Moe Dunford.

Director: Brian O’Malley.

Writer: Brian Turpin.

Shot on location at Loftus Hall on the Hook Peninsula in Co.Wexford. Other locations used include Tintern Abbey, Clongeen village and Johnstown Castle.

The Lodgers is set in 1920’s rural Ireland during the War of Independence and tells the story of Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward who are just about to turn 18. They reside in a crumbling manor on the edge of a village, where they have lived alone since their parents’ untimely death. Except they are not entirely alone – for they share the house with an unseen spiritual force which resides in the basement, known only as The Lodgers. The twins must live by very strict rules set out by The Lodgers, or face unknown and devastating punishments.

Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017.


“Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, The” (1987) (116 mins) Drama.

Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Wendy Hiller, Marie Kean, Ian MacNeice, Alan Devlin, Rudi Davies, Prunella Scales.

Director: Jack Clayton.

Based upon Brian Moore’s 1955 novel.

Filmed in Dublin – City Centre, St.Stephen’s Green; Shelbourne Hotel etc., and England.


Judith Hearne (Maggie Smith) is a lonely Irish spinster who teaches piano in 1950s Dublin. Timid and self-deprecating, Judith permits herself to yearn over her new boarding-house neighbour, James Madden (Bob Hoskins) a former hotel doorman who reveals that he was in the hotel business. Madden thinks that Judith has enough money to bankroll his latest scheme, so he decides to return her affections. Judith, blind to Madden’s duplicity, convinces herself that she’s finally found true love. The shattering of her illusions drives Judith to drink and, unexpectedly, to a more fulfilling new life.

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD.


“Long Good Friday, The” (1980) (109 mins) Thriller.  

Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Broslin, Dave King, Bryan Marshall, Derek Thompson.

Director: John MacKenzie.

Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins), a London-based gangster, is about to make the deal of a lifetime but finds that mysterious forces are out to muscle in on his plans.

Available on VHS and DVD.


“Looking Glass, The” (2010) (75 mins) Drama.

Patrick O’Donnell, Natalia Kostrzewa,Sanne Hulst, Eddie Webber.

Writer/Director: Colin Downey.

Filmed in County Meath.

A surreal thriller that follows Paul, a troubled young man who lives in a rural house with his pregnant girlfriend. His world is turned upside down when her sinister mother Agnes arrives at the home. Instinctively he is afraid of this witch-like woman who seems to know all of his darkest secrets and fears. However, she slowly begins to exert a malevolent influence over his life that leads him to his destiny.

Available here: The Looking Glass DVD.


“Lorna” (1987) TV drama.

Brigid Erin Bates, Kenneth Branagh, Brid Brennan.

Director: James Ormerod.

Does not appear to be available.

“Lost & Found” (2017) (97 mins) Drama

Liam Ó Mochain, Norma Sheahan, Brendan Conroy, Aoibhin Garrihy and Liam Carney.

Writer/Director: Liam Ó Mochain.

Filmed over 17 days from 2011 to 2016 in various locations in Dublin and Co. Laois.

Seven interconnecting stories set in and around the Lost & Found office of an Irish railway station. All segments are inspired by true stories, and have characters that come in and out of each other’s lives.

Daniel tries desperately to hold on to his newly acquired job in the Lost & Found office. Eddie begs in the station; every day he has a different story. Gabriel plans to surprise his girlfriend by proposing. A grandmother asks her grandson to retrieve a bracelet that she buried as a child in the garden of her childhood home in Poland. Moya visits a funeral home and signs the book of condolences not realising the consequences. Paudge, a cranky pub owner, keeps redecorating his bar, but no matter how many grand openings he has, the locals stay away. Sile has set a date for her wedding – not having a groom won’t stop her!

Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 15th July 2017.

“Lost Belongings” (1987) (360 mins) Six-part Channel 4 TV Thriller

Catherine Brennan, Gerard O’Hare, Stephen Rea, Harry Towb, Cécile Paoli, Bruce Payne, Robert Addie, Colum Convey, Oengus MacNamara, Godfrey Quigley.

Director: Tony Bicat.

Production company: Euston Films.

Does not appear to be available.


“Lost Hour, The” (1982) (49 mins) RTE TV Drama

Donal McCann, Kate Binchy and Tom Murphy.

Director: Seán Cotter.

Script writer: Carlo Gebler.

Based on John McGahern’s short story “The Leavetaking“.

Some scenes shot in Hollywood, Co.Wicklow.

The story of a young boy’s experience of his mother’s illness and death from cancer and his distant relationship with his father, a rural policeman.

Aired on RTE 10/1/1982.

Not available.


“Lost in the Living” (2015) (77 mins) Drama/Romance

Tadgh Murphy, Aylin Tezel.

Director: Robert Manson

Filmed in Dublin (Smithfield) and Berlin.

‘Lost in the Living’ follows a young musician from Dublin, Oisín (Tadhg Murphy), who travels to Berlin with his band, buzzing with the potential of a tour and escape from his troubled family life. Oisín meets Sabine (Aylin Tezel), a pretty young Berliner, who shows him the secret places that belong to the city. The band loses patience with him and move on while he decides to stay. But this time of simple pleasures is based on illusions. Oisín’s wilful escapism is thrown into a tailspin when Sabine reveals that she has a boyfriend and must return to her real life. Things take an even darker turn when bad news from Ireland reaches him. He’s lonely, homesick and broke. Distraught, he makes his way through the streets of Berlin and begins sleeping rough. His path becomes one of determined self destruction…

No sign of a DVD release.


“Lotus Eaters” (2010) (78 mins) Drama. B+W.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Johnny Flynn and Benn Northover.

Director: Alexandra McGuinness.

Filmed in Ireland, England and France.

The shallow lives of the offspring of the super-rich.

Why should we care?

French DVD release but scarce – thankfully.


“Love and Friendship” (2016) (94 mins) Period Drama.

Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry.

Director: Whit Stillman.

Based on a short story by the teenage Jane Austen.

Filmed in Ireland – Dublin City (North Great George’s Street) and Newbridge House, Donabate.

Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centres on beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.

In cinemas June 2016.

Available on DVD.


“Love & Rage” (2000) (100 mins) Romance/Drama.

Greta Scacchi, Daniel Craig, Stephen DillanE, Ray McBride.

Director: Cathal Black.

Filmed in Ireland – Achill Island, Co.Mayo and on the Isle of Man.


Set on Achill Island at the end of the 19th century,  Agnes (Greta Scacchi) is a wealthy Englishwoman who owns an estate in a small Irish village. She enjoys scandalizing the locals by being a divorced woman who smokes, drinks, and rides horses astride on her property.

When she sees James Lynchehaun (Daniel Craig) at a local country fair she becomes immediately fascinated by the wild, blue-eyed Irishman who wins a brutal horse race.  James is younger than her, and beneath her social status…entirely inappropriate. But this is a woman who thrives on being seen as scandalous, so she enters into an affair with James with relish. He’s a wild man, as well as a bit of a con artist, and the fact that they both seem to delight in taunting “proper” society seems to please her that much more. But as time passes his wild behaviour becomes more and more erratic, and eventually it becomes downright scary. He’s unstable, and she’s realizing it much too late, after he’s insinuated himself pretty deeply into her isolated life.

Available on DVD.


“Love & Savagery” (2009) (95 mins) Romance.

Allan Hawco, Sarah Greene and Louise Nicol.

Director: John N.Smith.

Based on the book of poetry of the same name by Des Walsh.

Filmed in Ireland – County Clare. Also Canada – Newfoundland.

A story of passion, fate, and the consequences of the two. In 1968, Newfoundland geologist and poet, Michael McCarthy, travels to Ballyvaughan on the west coast of Ireland to study the unique “Burren” landscape. There he meets Kathleen O’Connell, a beautiful woman who captures his heart, but because of the path she chose when she was young she cannot allow him to capture hers.

Available on DVD from Amazon – scarce!


“Love Divided, A” (1999) (98 mins) True Drama.

Liam Cunningham, Orla Brady and Tony Doyle.

Director: Sydney Macartney.

Filmed in Counties Dublin and Wicklow, and Ballycastle, County Mayo.

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Based upon a true story, “A Love Divided” is the dramatic tale of a marriage between Sean Cloney, a Roman Catholic, and Sheila Kelly, a Protestant in 1950’s Ireland. A happily married couple whose lives and love are severely tested by the powerful religious forces swirling around them.

When the time comes for their eldest daughter to attend school, the local priest, Father Stafford, insists she attend the local Catholic School. Objecting to this intervention, Sheila insists that the parents, not the Church, will decide on their children’s education. When her husband sides with the Priest, however, Shelia feeling betrayed secretly flees with her two young daughters to Scotland. Soon the social fabric of the small County Wexford village unravels as Father Stafford, convinced of a conspiracy, declares a boycott of all Protestants in the village…

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD.


“Love Eternal” (2013) (94 mins) Drama.

Pollyanna McIntosh, Amanda Ryan and Robert de Hoog.

Director: Brendan Muldowney.

Filmed in Ireland – Cobh, County Cork and Luxembourg.

Based on the Japanese novel ‘In Love With The Dead‘, from acclaimed author Kei Oishi, the film centres on an isolated and death-fixated young man who tries to make sense of the world, and his existence, in the only way he knows how…by getting closer to death.

Available on DVD – import.


“Love Hate”  (2010-14 ) (28 episodes x 51 mins) 5 seasons. RTE Crime Drama

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Killian Scott, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Aiden Gillen, Charlie Murphy, Peter Coonan, Mark Dunne, Laurence Kinlan, Robert Sheehan.

Creator: Stuart Carolan. Production company: Octagon Films.

love hate

Love/Hate is a gritty crime drama based on Dublin’s criminal underworld. It depicts the drug addiction, squalor and violence of organised crime that has grown in post-boom Ireland. Darren Treacy (Robert Sheehan) returns to Dublin from Spain, spending time there while trying to avoid the Garda in Ireland for gun possession. Darren’s brother Robbie is released from Cloverhill prison. While waiting to be collected, Robbie is shot outside a newsagents in a drive by shooting. Catastrophic events ignite tension among the drug gang, and family, friends and the community must live with the consequences. Octagon Films.

Available on DVD.


Love is the Drug (2004) 6 episodes. Comedy. RTÉ 2 TV series.

Allen Leech, Ruth Negga, Garret Lombard, Chris Newman.

Director: Darren Thornton.

A Saffron Pictures Production for RTE.

A relationship drama series set in Drogheda, County Louth which centres on the lives and loves of the Kirwan family.

Not released on DVD.


“Love Lies Bleeding” (1993) (89 mins) BBC (N.I.) Screenplay: Season 8, Episode .1.

Mark Rylance, Élisabeth Bourgine, John Kavanagh, Brendan Gleeson, James Nesbitt and Tony Doyle.

Director: Michael Winterbottom.

Conn (Mark Rylance) a Republican prisoner in the Maze prison is released on parole for 24 hours. He decides to use this time to try to find out who killed his girlfriend years before. He knows that his temporary release will be his only chance to discover what really happened to her. As he finds out information about his former girlfriend, he realises that he has deluded himself about her. A web of deceit and intrigue surrounded her life.

Does not appear to be available.


“Love, Rosie” (2014) (102 mins) Comedy/Romance

Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke.

Director: Christian Ditter.

Based on Cecelia Ahern’s novel “Where Rainbows End“.

The story is set in the UK but shot in Ireland (Dublin and Wicklow) and Canada – with an English cast.

Filmed in Canada – Toronto, Ontario and Ireland – Dublin and Wicklow.


Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since the age of six, but as they are approaching university, fate forces them to go their separate ways. Can their relationship survive the years and the miles? And at the back of Rosie’s mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them out of each other’s arms, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything for the chance to be together at last?

Available on DVD.


“Lovers of the Lake” (1983) (53 mins) RTÉ

Tony Doyle, Mary Larkin, Maura O’Sullivan.

Director: Tony Barry.

Writer: Sean O’Faoláin. Adapted for television by Alun Owen.

Not available.


“Lovespell” (1979) (1981 imdb) (91 mins) Drama.

Richard Burton, Kate Mulgrew, Nicholas Clay, Cyril Cusack, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Niall Toibin, Diana Van Der Vlis, Niall O’Brien.

Director: Tom Donovan.

Aka “Summer of the Falcon”.

Filmed in County Clare.


In Medieval England, King Mark of Cornwall (Richard Burton) becomes awestruck by Isolt (Kate Mulgrew), the enchanting, vivacious daughter of an Irish King and a Druid Priestess. Long a bachelor, King Mark courts the impetuous young Isolt. Returning to his magnificent castle, Mark finds he cannot live without the young temptress and sends his best friend, nephew and loyal retainer, Tristan (Nicholas Clay) to request her hand in marriage in the King’s behalf. Isolt consents and sets off with Tristan for Cornwall.

On the voyage, Tristan and Isolt are overwhelmed by an insane passion and make love. Isolt gives Tristan a Druid potion, binding him to her eternally. Arriving in Cornwall, Isolt proceeds with the marriage to Mark. Tristan resolves to do nothing further disloyal to his King, and mentor, and his best friend Mark, the husband of his beloved. The impetuous Isolt insists on seeing Tristan and, once discovered, the lovers are forcibly torn apart with Tristan exiled while Isolt becomes a prisoner of the castle…

Available from Amazon on VHS (used) and DVD (2004)


“Loving Miss Hatto” (2012) (90 mins) BBC TV Drama

Alfred Molina, Francesca Annis, Rory Kinnear, Maimie McCoy.

Director: Aisling Walsh.

Scriptwriter: Victoria Wood.

Filmed entirely in Ireland last April at locations in Bray, Co Wicklow, and the Dublin suburbs of Dalkey, Cabinteely and Booterstown, as well as the National Concert Hall.

Loving Miss Hato is set in the 1960s, and depicts the life of British pianist Joyce Hatto, whose record producer husband William Barrington-Coupe released dozens of recordings belonging to other musicians under her name. The fraud became known as the greatest scandal to ever hit the classical musical world, and wasn’t unearthed until 2007, months after Hatto’s death.

Available on Amazon Instant Video.


“Luck of Ginger Coffey, The” (1964) (100 mins) Drama.

Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Liam Redmond.

Director: Irvin Kershner.

Based on the novel of the same name by Irish/Canadian author Brian Moore.

Filmed in Montreal.

Ginger Coffey (Robert Shaw) is an out-of-work Irish immigrant who moves to Montreal with his wife, Vera (Mary Ure), and teenage daughter, Paulie (Libby McClintock), in hopes of a better life. After six months, the family fortunes have not changed, and Vera and Paulie beg Ginger to return to Ireland. He lands a job as a proof-reader with a newspaper, but Vera and Paulie move out when Vera realizes his 45 dollar-a-week paycheque will not suffice. Ginger quits his second job as a laundry-truck driver and pins all his hopes on becoming a reporter. Paulie comes back to live with him, but Ginger is fired at the paper and sinks deeper into alcoholism and depression.

Available on DVD and on YouTube here.


“Luck of the Irish” (1935) (80 mins) Drama.

Richard Hayward, Nan Cullen, Charles Fagan, Kay Walsh, Niall McGinnis.

Director: Donovan Pedelty.

An Irish country gentleman, Sir Brian O’Neill, pawns his castle in the hope of victory for his horse in the Grand National Steeplechase. The horse is ridden by his son, Derek, who is in love with Eileen O’Donnell. The horse wins, but it is subsequently disqualified. Bailiffs take possession of the castle at once, and efforts by a servant to retrieve the family fortune are unsuccessful. A few hours before the O’Neills are due to be evicted, an American appears and buys the horse at a price which enables Sir Brian to pay his debts and Derek to marry Eileen.

Source: Kevin Rockett, The Irish Filmography.

Not available.


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