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“Paddy” (1970) (97 mins) (PG) Sex Comedy
Des Cave, Milo O’Shea, Dearbhla Molloy, Peggy Cass, Judy Cornwell, Donal LeBlanc, Maureen Toal.
Director: Daniel Haller.
Based on a novel by Lee Dunne entitled “Goodbye to the Hill”.
Banned in Ireland when first released.
Filmed on location in Dublin.
Nobody brings Paddy Maguire (Des Cave) home to meet mother, but all the ladies want to bring him home! This sex comedy stars Des Cave in the title role of a young man testing the waters of love! And boy does he dive in! His best pal and drinking buddy, Milo O’Shea, is always eager to offer his advice on related topics, but Paddy does just fine on his own – and soon becomes the most desired man around!
Available on VHS (used) on eBay.com – very scarce!
“Paddywhackery” (2007) Comedy. Bilingual. 6-part series for TG4.
Paddy C. Courtney, Siobhán O’Kelly, Eoin MacDiarmada, Fionnula Flanagan, Frank Kelly and Richard Morton.
Director: Daniel O’Hara.
Filmed in Dublin and Galway.
Set in Dublin, Paddywhackery follows the exploits of newly-unemployed Paddy Woods (Paddy C. Courtney) and his friend Siobhán (Siobhán O’Kelly). Like most of the population in Ireland Paddy hasn’t much Irish – or so he thinks – and no interest in speaking in his native tongue. However, Paddy has worked out that there are hefty grants available for businesses that promote the Irish language, so he ropes in fluent Gaelgeoir Siobhan to help him set up a business through Irish and get his hands on the grant money.
Meanwhile, in a slightly surreal twist, the ghost of Peig Sayers (Fionnula Flanagan) is on a mission to restore faith in the Irish language and decides that helping Paddy is the way to do that. Throughout the series the long-dead, grumpy old Kerry woman, whose miserable autobiography was a compulsory element of the school curriculum, pesters Paddy and inflicts her help on him, spouting wise words and unwanted advice. Paddy and Siobhan are kept on their toes by grant officer Eddie Grant (Frank Kelly), who is responsible for administering the funding, while Siobhán’s sneaky ex-fiancé Seamus (Eoin MacDiarmada) tries to scupper the whole thing in an attempt to win Siobhán back and Paddy is under constant pressure to pay rent to his snooty flatmate-cum-landlord Leopold (Richard Morton).
“Painful Case, A” (1984) (55mins) Romance. RTÉ/Channel .4. TV Movie
Mick Lally, Ray McAnally, Olwen Fouere, Siân Phillips.
Director: John Lynch.
Writer: James Joyce.
A Painful Case is a short story published in his 1914 collection Dubliners.
Budget: £500,000 (estimated).
Filmed in County Dublin.
“Painted Lady” (1997) (204 mins) Crime thriller. Granada Television -TV movie.
Helen Mirren, Iain Glen, Ian Cuthbertson, John Kavanagh.
Director: Julian Jarrold.
Shot in Ireland, England and the USA.
Maggie Sheridan (Helen Mirren), once one of the most famous blues voices of her generation, lost decades of her life to drinking and hard-living. After a failed suicide attempt, she was taken in by Sir Charles Stafford (Iain Cuthbertson) and his son Sebastian (Iain Glen). She has lived quietly on their Irish estate for ten years. But one summer evening, her peaceful life is shattered when Sir Charles is brutally murdered, and a valuable sixteenth century painting is stolen. The painting is one of several disturbing pictures sent to Sir Charles marking the major events in his life. Maggie is convinced that the stolen painting holds the key to Sir Charles’ death and decides to track it down.
Available on DVD – eBay – scarce.
“Paradise Run, The” (1976) (60 mins) Thriller. Thames Television “Plays for Britain” series.
Kevin McNally, Ian Charleson, Sarah Porter, Pete Postlethwaite.
Director: Michael Apted.
Writer: Howard Brenton.
Johnny has joined the army because he likes canoeing, but ends up in Belfast and is compromised into helping the enemy. However, desertion will not be a solution, and he finds himself more distressed than ever.
Available on DVD as part of a box set.
“Park” (1999) (xxx) Drama.
Claudia Terry, Des Nealon, Jayne Snow, Pat Laffan, Aidan Walshe, Derek Young.
Directors: John Carney, Tom Hall.
Filmed in Dublin City.
Production company: High Hat Productions.
Catherine Irving left her house on Tuesday morning 28th October, 1998, having planned to meet a school friend in a suburban park. The park-keeper, sixty-three year old Adam Duffy, spends the morning telling her stories about his past as they wander about the quiet little park in search of her friend. He invites her to share his lunch with him in his hut. Six years later, Catherine Irving is found hanging from her bedroom window. Irish Film Board.
Does not appear to be available.
“Parked” (2010) (94 mins) Drama.
Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan and Milka Ahlroth.
Director: Darragh Byrne.
Filmed in Dublin.
Fred Daly (Colm Meaney) has fallen on hard times and finds himself living in his car with little hope of improving his situation. That all changes when he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal (Colin Morgan), a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude, and his new ‘neighbour’ in the Dublin car park they call home.
Available on DVD.
“Parnell” (1937) (115 mins) Bio-pic.
Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Edmund Gwenn, Edna May Oliver, Alan Marshal, Donald Crisp, Billie Burke, Berton Churchill, Donald Meek, Montagu Love, George Zucco.
Director: John M. Stahl.
Filmed at MGM Studios, California, USA.
Irish politician to the British Parliament of the late 1800s fights for Home Rule, but his career is destroyed by the exposure of his affair with a married woman, Kitty O’Shea. This is the story of Charles Stewart Parnell, who helped the Irish tenant farmers during the land war of 1879-81 although his later Home Rule campaign is destroyed by his love for a married woman.
Regarded as Clark Gable’s worst ever movie but the clips below make it look quite interesting.
Not officially available.
“Parnell & The Englishwoman” (1991) (240 mins) TV mini-series (4 episodes).
Trevor Eve, Francesca Annis, David Robb, Robert Lang, Lorcan Cranitch, T.P. McKenna, John Savident and Sheila Ruskin.
Director: John Bruce.
Screenplay by Hugh Leonard.
Educated in England, Charles Parnell was a Protestant, a landlord, and something of a philanderer. He was also handsome, ice-cold and totally unbending, and given to neither to explaining or apologizing. He wanted nothing less than Home Rule for Ireland, but his means were peaceful. In 1880, two events of great historical significance occurred in his life. He became leader of the Irish party, and he met Katherine O’Shea.
Not officially released.
Available on YouTube (April, 2016)
“Patch of Fog, A” (2015) (90 mins) Thriller.
Stephen Graham, Conleth Hill, Arsher Ali, Ian McElhinney.
Director: Michael Lennox.
Scriptwriters: Michael McCarthy and John Cairns.
Shot on location in Northern Ireland – Belfast.
A Patch of Fog is a darkly comic psychological thriller about a celebrated novelist and TV presenter (Conleth Hill) who finds himself being blackmailed into becoming friends with a security guard (Stephen Graham) after his shoplifting habit is uncovered.
On film festival circuit.
“Paths to Freedom” (2000) RTÉ TV comedy series. (6 x 25 min episodes?)
Michael McElhatton, Deirdre O’Kane, Brendan Coyle, Peter McDonald, Ian Fitzgibbon.
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon.
Filmed in Dublin City.
Award- winning spoof TV documentary tracking the exploits of Rats and Jeremy – one a loveable inner-city rogue, the other a consultant gynaecologist from the leafy suburbs – on their release from prison.
The series was followed-up by a movie – Spin the Bottle – based on the character Rats,
Was available on VHS and DVD but now hard to find.
“Patrick’s Day” (2014) (99 mins) Drama/Romance
Kerry Fox, Moe Dunford, Philip Jackson, Catherine Walker, Conor Mullen.
Writer/Director: Terry McMahon.
Production Company: Ignition Films Productions.
Patrick (Moe Dunford) is a warm, open, twenty-six year old, virgin, schizophrenic. Pills and his mother’s protection mean he is no threat to himself or anyone else – until he falls in love. The object of his desire, Karen (Catherine Walker), a suicidal flight attendant, has no idea the intimacy she shares with Patrick might reintroduce her to living. Patrick’s obsessive mother Maura (Kerry Fox) doesn’t realize her own misguided love may be more dangerous than hate. To try and pull Karen and Patrick apart, she enlists the help of dysfunctional detective John Freeman (Philip Jackson), who will use his position to help her, for a price. A provocative and heart-breaking love story about the right to intimacy for everyone, Patrick’s Day proves, when it comes to love, we’re all a little crazy. From official site.
Available on DVD.
“Patriot Game, The” (1969) (100 mins) b+w. Thames Television. ITV Playhouse – Season 3 Episode 7.
Patrick O’Connell, Roddy Mcmillan, Elizabeth Begley and Wesley Murphy.
Director: Piers Haggard.
Late Spring, 1939, two days before the Blue Peter won the Derby, War is threatening Europe. Britain clings opportunistically to Lord Chamberlain’s assurances of “peace in our time”, while the IRA and its renewed campaigns of terror are proving cause for concern. In this atmosphere, IRA explosives expert Martin Stewart arrives in London from Dublin. He is central to a plan to paralyse the capital with a time-bomb planted in Battersea Power Station while people are diverted by the commentary on the Derby. TCD.IE
“Patriot Games” (1992) (117 mins) Thriller.
Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Patrick Bergin, Anne Archer, Samuel L.Jackson, Richard Harris and James Earl Jones.
Director: Phillip Noyce.
Based on the novel by Tom Clancy.
Filmed in the USA (California, Maryland, Virginia) and England (London).
His days as an intelligence agent behind him, former CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) has travelled to London for a working holiday with his wife (Anne Archer) and child (Thora Birch). Meeting up with his family outside of Buckingham Palace, Ryan is caught up in the middle of a terrorist attack on Lord Holmes (James Fox), Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and a member of the British Royal Family. Ryan helps to thwart Holmes’ assailants and becomes a national hero. But Ryan’s courageous act marks him as a target in the sights of renegade Irish Republican terrorist (Sean Bean) whose brother he killed. Now Ryan must return to action for the most vital assignment of his life: to save his family.
Available on DVD.
“Patriots” (1994) (83 mins) Thriller.
Linda Amendola, Mark Newell and Aidan Parkinson.
Director: Frank Kerr.
Filmed in the USA – Boston, Massachusetts, and in Northern Ireland – Belfast.
Belfast 1993. Apparently based on the true story of a young American woman caught up in the Northern Ireland ‘troubles’. In Boston, gullible Irish American Alexis Shannon is recruited into the IRA by a handsome gunrunner who is actually an undercover agent working for the British. When an arms shipment to Northern Ireland is compromised suspicion falls on the new recruit. On arrival in Belfast, Alexis is, unbeknownst to her, sent on a suicide mission to blow up a local loyalist headquarters….
Verdict: As an accurate portrayal of the ‘troubles’ the film is poor fare indeed and some of the accents really grate. That said, as a thriller it works quite well and is worth watching.
VHS (used) and DVD (2004) – scarce! Also on YouTube.
“Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl” (2005) (87 mins) Drama.
Winnie Maughan, Rose Maughan and Rosie Maughan.
Director: Perry Ogden.
Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin.
An intimate portrait of Winnie (Winnie Maughan), a resilient and spirited young girl, and her family who are part of Dublin’s traveller community, living in a dilapidated trailer on the side of the road in a desolate industrialized area. The film presents an unflinching portrait of a marginalized community often living in third world poverty in a modern, prosperous Ireland. It follows Winnie through several weeks of her life, as she struggles with her identity as a young traveller girl in contemporary Ireland.
Available on DVD.
“Paying the Rent” (1922)
Director: John McDonagh. **Scripted by John McDonagh.
“Peacefire” (2008) (87 mins) Drama.
John Travers, Gerard Jordan, Gerry Doherty and Sean Roberts.
Director: Macdara Vallely.
Filmed in Northern Ireland – Craigavon, County Armagh.
Colin Mc Nally couldn’t give a toss about the political situation in the north of Ireland. He’s too busy out stealing cars with his mates. But a chance encounter with a ruthless policeman turns him into an informer for the security forces, and a target of retribution for his father’s old mates in the I.R.A. In the violent upheaval that follows, Colin must struggle with the intense loyalty he feels for his mates; the need to protect his mother from her tragic past; and the political ideals of a dead father.
Not released on DVD yet.
“Peaches” (2000) (84 mins) Comedy.
Matthew Rhys, Kelly Reilly and Justin Salinger.
Director: Nick Grosso.
Produced by Stone Ridge Entertainment in association with the Irish Film Board.
Filmed in Ireland – Dublin and England – London.
Peaches is a slang term for women and wherever you look you are outnumbered by them. That is according to Frank (Matthew Rhys) and his pals (Matthew Dunster and Justin Salinger) who egg each other on with tales of their exploits with and conquests of the opposite sex. However, Frank’s knowledge of women and romance is tested when a college friend Cherry (Kelly Reilly), who makes it very obvious she fancies him, asks him away for the weekend. His mates give him some ‘helpful’ advice but matters are complicated when an ex-girlfriend turns up.
Available on DVD (2003) – scarce.
“Peg of Old Drury” (1935) (75 mins) Romance.
Anna Neagle, Cedric Hardwicke, Margaretta Scott, Maire O’Neill.
Director: Herbert Wilcox.
Based on the play Masks and Faces by Charles Reade and Tom Taylor.
This period drama is based on the relationship between 18th-century British stage stars Peg Woffington and David Garrick. The story begins as Woffington leaves Dublin to be with her lover who is an aspiring actor. Unfortunately, by the time she arrives, he has found another, causing her to try her hand at acting which in turn gives her the chance to meet Garrick, a popular actor who becomes her mentor. Under his expert tutelage, she becomes a famous actress at the Drury Lane Theatre where they eventually fall in love.
“Peg O’ My Heart” (1912)
First film version of the play by J. Harley Manners, whose theme was taming the fiery Irish colleen through contact with the English aristocracy.
“Peg O’ My Heart” (1922) (85 mins)
Laurette Taylor, Mahlon Hamilton, Russell Simpson, Ethel Grey.
Director: King Vidor.
Based upon the play by J. Hartley Manners.
Filmed at Metro Studios and in Los Angeles, California – USA.
“Peg O’ My Heart” (1933) (89 mins)
Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald, Irene Browne, Juliette Compton, Alan Mowbray.
Director: Robert Z. Leonard.
Remake of 1922 movie of same title.
“Penny Dreadful” (2014- ) Drama/Horror. 3 Seasons: 27 episodes. TV series.
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Billie Piper…..
Creator: John Logan.
Filmed in Ireland – Dublin, Wicklow and Ardmore Studios. Also England and Spain.
An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, Penny Dreadful completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.
Seasons 1 and 2 available on DVD.
“People in Glass Houses” (1975) (43 mins) RTE TV Drama.
Patrick Bedford, Godfrey Quigley, Eddie Byrne, Geraldine Plunkett, David Kelly, Eve Watkinson, Derry Power, Paul Brennan, Maureen Aherne.
Director: Louis Lenten.
Brian Harvey is an ambitious careerist who wants to progress in business but at the expense of others.
“Perrier’s Bounty” (2009) (88 mins) Dark Comedy.
Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson, Jodie Whittaker, Don Wycherley, Gabriel Byrne (voice of Grim Reaper).
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon.
Filmed in Ireland – Dublin and Louth – and at Ealing Studios, London.
Michael McCrea (Cillian Murphy) owes money to Dublin’s meanest gangster, Darren Perrier (Brendan Gleeson). When Michael fails to pay-up on time, Perrier’s gang turn up at his flat to work him over. In the melee that follows Michael’s recently “dumped” and now suicidal next door neighbour, Brenda (Jodie Whittaker), intervenes and shoots one of the gang dead. To make matters worse Michael’s estranged and eccentric father, Jim (Jim Broadbent), arrives just in time to witness the scene. With a bounty on their heads Michael, Jim and Brenda flee to the mountains, with every hard man in Dublin in hot pursuit, all hoping to claim, by any means, Perrier’s Bounty.
Available on DVD.
“Pete’s Meteor” (1998) (92 mins) Comedy/Drama
Brenda Fricker, Alfred Molina, Mike Myers, Dervla Kirwan, John Kavanagh, Ian Costello.
Writer/Director: Joe O’Byrne.
Seems to have been filmed in England but according to TCD.IE it was shot in Inner City Dublin and New York.
Pete (Mike Myers), is a streetwise ex-junkie running from the mob. After his two best friends die, he feels obligated to help raise their three children who now live with their grandmother (Brenda Fricker). When a meteorite crashes into the kids’ backyard they believe that it was sent by their parents and go to dangerous lengths to recover it from the wealthy scientist (Alfred Molina), who carted it away.
Available from Amazon.com on VHS and DVD.
“Philadelphia, Here I Come” (1975) (95 mins) Drama
Donal McCann, Des Cave, Siobhan McKenna, David Kelly, Eamon Morrissey, Liam Redmond, Fidelma Murphy, Eamon Kelly.
Director: John Quested.
Adapted by Brian Friel from his play of the same title.
Filming began in 1970, but it was not screened publicly until 1974 at the Cork Film Festival.
A young Donegal man, Gar O’Donnell debates with his on-screen alter-ego whether or not he should leave the depressing environment of his hometown and emigrate to stay with his aunt in Philadelphia. Through Gar, the audience is taken on an emotional rollercoaster, as he ruminates on what he is leaving behind – his family, friends, his first love, and we discover the seemingly stagnant reasons for leaving Ireland are the reasons he can’t bear to leave.
Available on VHS and DVD.
“Philomena” (2012) (97 mins) Drama.
Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and Sophie Kennedy Clark.
Director: Stephen Frears.
Filmed in Northern Ireland – County Down – Bryansford, Killyleagh and Rostrevor. Also in England – London and in Maryland (USA).
Philomena is the true story of one mother’s search for her lost son. When she falls pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee ( Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. Her baby was only a toddler when he was whisked away by the nuns to America for adoption. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching in vain for her son.
She meets Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a world-weary journalist as cynical as Philomena is trusting. Together they set off for America on a journey that will not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also the surprising relationship that grows up between Philomena and Martin. http://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/catalogue/242/106/philomena-2012.aspx
Available on DVD.
“Pier, The” (2011) (89 mins) Drama.
Karl Johnson, Gerard Hurley and Lili Taylor.
Director: Gerard Hurley.
Low budget – €100,000.
Filmed in West Cork – Goleen, Schull and Ballydehob.
After twenty years of no contact, Larry McCarthy (Karl Johnson) tricks his son Jack (Gerard Hurley) into traveling back to his hometown in Ireland, from New York City. Jack arrives to find that all is not as is seems, and the disconnection he feels upon returning is only heightened by Jack’s tenuous relationship with his difficult father. Perhaps a chance encounter with the charming, but unavailable, American tourist Grace Ross (Lili Taylor), who is escaping from her own demons by searching for her roots, will change Jack in ways he never could have imagined. …From official website.
Available on DVD here http://thepierfilm.com/buymovie.html
“Pigman Murders, The” (2013) (73 mins) Horror. Original title – “Somebody’s There“.
Tom Ward, Mark Hutchinson, Eugene Horan, Gerard Fallon, Andrew Neenan and Marius Puodziunas.
Director: Stephen Patrick Kenny.
Filmed in Connemara, County Galway.
Low budget – €32,000.
Found footage thriller tells the story of a group of friends who head to the beautiful wilderness of Connemara, Co. Galway for a weekend break to celebrate the first year anniversary of a close friend. First night in they come across a beaten and bloodied man looking for help as he warns them that two masked men attacked him and took his girlfriend. Some of the group head into the woods in search as others return to their cars which have disappeared. With no houses for miles about and no transport they must walk back to civilisation but they are not alone!
Available on DVD.
“Pigs” (1984) (78 mins) Drama.
Jimmy Brennan, George Shane, Maurice O’Donoghue, Liam Halligan, Kwesi Kay, Joan Harpur.
Director: Cathal Black (directorial debut).
Screenplay by Jimmy Brennan.
Grim tale of marginalised souls in an apocalyptic Dublin inner city. Jimmy takes up residence in a derelict and once elegant house in a no-go inner area. He is soon joined by other squatters, George a business man trying to retain some dignity, Ronnie a drug dealer, Tom a paranoiac, Orwell a jamaican pimp and his prostitute Mary.
Not available on DVD. Available on http://www.volta.ie/films/pigs
“Pilgrimage” Action Thriller
Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland.
Director: Brendan Muldowney.
Filmed in the West of Ireland and Begium.
A group of 13th century monks undertake a pilgrimage to transport their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group’s faith and loyalty to one another are tested.
In post-production – June 2015.
“Pilgrim Hill” (2013) (96 mins) Drama.
Keith Byrne, Muiris Crowley, Joe Mullins, Kevin McCormack and Corina Gough .
Writer/Director: Gerard Barrett.
Shot on location in West Limerick and North Kerry over a seven day period on a budget of just €4,500.
Pilgrim Hill tells the story of Jimmy Walsh (Joe Mullins), a middle-aged farmer living in rural Ireland. Unmarried and ill-educated, Jimmy has unquestioningly assumed responsibility for tending to the remote family land and its livestock, and has taken on the care of his ageing father in the same manner. His social life amounts to a couple of pints in the pub when he can get away, and Jimmy is clearly finding his life tough. He’s not prepared for the turn it is about to take.
Available on DVD.
“Pink Panther Strikes Again, The” (1976) (103 mins) Comedy.
Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Colin Blakely, Leonard Rossiter, Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk, Andre Maranne.
Director: Blake Edwards. Fifth film in the Pink Panther series.
Filmed in Ireland – Ardmore Studios in Bray and Navan, County Meath; also in Germany – Bavaria, USA – New York, and France – Paris; and Shepperton Studios in England. A young Jimmy Bartley (Fair City) and Robert Carrickford (Glenroe) have minor roles as policemen escorting the Panther on a train journey.
Charles Dreyfus escapes from the mental asylum and tries to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. He doesn’t succeed at first, so he takes on another strategy, namely to build a Doomsday machine and demand that someone else kills Jacques Clouseau, or Dreyfus will use the machine to wipe out whole cities and even whole countries. With twenty or more assassins from all over the globe on his tail, Clouseau decides to find Dreyfus alone and put him back in the mental asylum.
Available on VHS and DVD.
“Pirate Queen, The” (1997)
Grace O’Malley was the most notorious pirate of her day. She defied the colonial laws that controlled Ireland in the 16th century.
“Playboy of the Western World” (1962) (96 mins) Drama.
Siobhan McKenna, Gary Raymond, Elspeth March, Liam Redmond, Niall McGinnis.
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst.
Based on the play by John Millington Synge.
Filmed mainly on Inch Strand in County Kerry.
A handsome young stranger (Gary Raymond) suddenly turns up in a remote coastal Irish village professing to be desperately fleeing ahead of the law after having murdered his own father by beating his head in. His lurid, high-spirited account very quickly earns the admiration of everyone in the local inn and stirs the lust of all the unattached women in the village, especially the fetching spinster running the inn (Siobhan McKenna) and the aggressive man-starved widow Quin (Elspeth March). However, the young hero’s status changes abruptly when his father shows up just ahead of the police.
Available on DVD (2011) – scarce and very expensive £44.95 – unofficial copies also exist.
“Playboys, The” (1992) (114 mins) Drama.
Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn, Robin Wright, Milo O’Shea, Alan Devlin, Niamh Cusack, Ian McElhinney, Niall Buggy, Adrian Dunbar.
Director: Gillies MacKinnon.
Screenplay by Shane Connaughton.
Set in Redhills, County Cavan.
A young woman, Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) scandalizes her provincial Irish village in the 1950s by having a baby out of a wedlock, and refusing to name the father. She has a rare beauty and every man in town desires her, especially Sergeant Hegarty (Albert Finney). The arrival of a dramatic troupe stirs things up even more, especially when she falls in love with one of the “Playboys”, Tom Casey (Aidan Quinn).
Available on VHS and DVD (2004)
“Plough and the Stars, The” (1936) (U.S.A.) (78 mins)
Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Una O’Connor, Barry Fitzgerald, Denis O’Dea, F.J. McCormick, Sara Allgood.
Director: John Ford.
Based upon a play by Sean O’Casey.
An Irish revolutionary’s commitment threatens his marriage. The husband is a commander in the Irish Citizen Army in 1916, and his wife sees him as risking too much in vain.
Not officially released.
“Plough and the Stars, The” (1967) (90 mins) BBC TV Theatre 625 – Season 4, Episode 25.
Kate Binchy, Martin Bradley, Barbara Brennan, Eric Gorman, Niall Tobin.
Director: Lelia Doolan.
Based upon a play by Sean O’Casey.
“Poacher’s Daughter, The” (1958) (74 mins) b+w. Comedy. Aka “Sally’s Irish Rogue”.
Julie Harris, Tim Seely, Harry Brogan, Maire Kean, Brid Lynch, Noel Magee, Philip O’Flynn, Eddie Golden.
Director: George Pollock.
Emmet Dalton Productions.
Based upon a George Shiels’ play called The New Gossoon. Aka “Sally’s Irish Rogue”.
Filmed at Ardmore Studios.
Tim Seely and Julie Harris on a lobby card which I recently found for sale on eBay.
“Poison Pen” (2014) (90 mins) Romantic Comedy.
Lochlann O Mearáin, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Lauryn Canny, Susan Loughnane, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Aaron Heffernan, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Paul Ronan and Mary Murray.
Directors: Steven Benedict, Jennifer Shortall, Lorna Fitzsimons.
Poison Pen is the first screenplay by Irish author Eoin Colfer.
Filmed on location in Dublin and London by the participants on the Filmbase/Staffordshire University MSc in Digital Feature Film Production. Some filming at Hook Head in County Wexford.
When Booker Prize-winning author PC Molloy (Lochlann O Mearáin) is blackmailed into writing for tabloid gossip magazine Poison Pen, he is not only caught up in a world of stars and their secrets but he is also in danger of turning into a celebrity himself. Cultures clash and sparks fly as the cerebral Molloy reluctantly becomes the celebrity interviewer for vain celebrities. But as his own star rises he soon struggles to keep his own secrets off the front pages.
Things get further complicated when he finds himself falling for his new boss, April Devereaux (Aoibhinn McGinnity), but can there be any room for romance in the world of celebrity publishing? http://www.poisonpenfilm.com/
Poison Pen will premiere at the 26th Galway Film Fleadh on July 11th, 2014.
“Poitín” (1978) (65 mins) Drama. Irish language with English subtitles.
Cyril Cusack, Donal McCann, Niall Tóibín, Mick Lally and Mairead Ni Conghaile.
Director: Bob Quinn.
Written by Colm Bairéad and Bob Quinn.
Filmed in Connemara, County Galway.
A deeply unsentimental view of Connemara and the West of Ireland, Bob Quinn’s film was the first filmed drama of its length in the Irish language. In a story that has parallels in contemporary tales about turf wars among drug-dealing gangs Cusack plays a wily, ageing poitín maker who is threatened and robbed by younger men who have no idea how ruthless he is.
Remastered in 2007 and available here: http://conamara.org/
“Portrait of a Zombie” (2012) Comedy/Horror.
Patrick Murphy, Geraldine McAlinden and Rory Mullen.
Director: Bing Bailey.
Production company: Organ Hill Films.
Shot on location in County Dublin.
A working-class Irish family decides to care for their zombie son much to the chagrin of the neighbours and the local crime boss and all under the gaze of an American Documentary film crew. Will the Murphy’s love of their son be enough to protect them from a Dublin zombie outbreak or will they discover that blood runs thicker than water? From official site.
Available on DVD.
“Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A” (1976) (98 mins) Drama.
Bosco Hogan, T.P. McKenna, John Gielgud, Roseleen Linehan, Maureen Potter, Niall Buggy, Brian Murray.
Director: Joseph Strick.
Based upon James Joyce’s first novel.
Filmed in Ireland.
In Dublin in 1900 Stephen Dedalus, the future genius James Joyce, struggles through the crises of youth and sexuality. When frustrated by conventional women he turns to prostitutes and suffers the agonies of conscience, furthered by his church. When terrified by a priest’s sermon on the horrors of hell, he gives up promiscuity. He matures into a young man able to begin to find his place with his own ideals in the world.
Available on VHS (used) and DVD; also as a Sunday Times Promo DVD.
“Prayer for the Dying, A” (1987) (104 mins) Thriller.
Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis, Liam Neeson, Alison Doody, Christopher Fulford.
Director: Mike Hodges.
Based upon a novel by Jack Higgins.
Filmed in England – London.
When an attack on a British army patrol in Northern Ireland goes wrong resulting in the deaths of a bus load of school children, and sickened by the futility of his role as an IRA volunteer, Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) wants out of the organization and goes on the run in England. Fallon is intent on getting away to America and is promised money and a passport by a London crime boss Jack Meehan (Alan Bates) if he carries out a hit for him. With both the IRA and British police closing in on him he is forced to undertake the hit but it is witnessed by a priest – Father Da Costa (Bob Hoskins) ……….
Available on DVD.
“Precious Blood, The” (1996) (76 mins) Drama. BBC Screen Two.
Amanda Burton, Kevin McNally, Michael Legge.
Director: John Woods.
Rosie Willis, haunted by the murder of her husband twelve years ago, cannot forgive or forget. Her teenage son John, who witnessed the killing, is headed towards a life of delinquency fuelled by revenge. Then he meets charismatic born again preacher Billy McVea. For a while hope flickers in their shattered lives. http://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/catalogue/182/108/the-precious-blood-1996.aspx
“Price, The” (1985) (360 mins) 6 part thriller. Mini-series. RTE/Channel 4 Co-Production.
Aka “Der Preis des Reichtums“.
Peter Barkworth, Harriet Walter, Derek Thompson, John Kavanagh, Adrian Dunbar and Susanna Reid.
Director: Peter Smith.
Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Ransley.
Filmed in County Wicklow.
English computer millionaire Geoffrey Carr (Peter Barkworth) and his wife Frances (Harriet Walter) have plans for a country house in Ireland. At the same time Frank Crossan (Derek Thompson) is running for his life – and has his own plans for the Carr family…….
No trace of a VHS or DVD release.
“Pride & Joy” (2006) (75 mins) TV Drama.
Michèle Forbes, Owen Roe, Aidan Kelly, Doreen Keogh.
Directors/Writers: Ronan Glennane, Nell Greenwood.
Produced by Stone Ridge Entertainment and Midas Productions in association with RTÉ.
Low budget – €100k.
Pride and Joy is a family drama about the negative impact of the Irish property boom on a working class family in Dublin’s Liberties.
When Lorraine Lawlor’s mother Hanna (Doreen Keogh) dies, Lorraine (Michèle Forbes) goes into a slump. Her husband Frank (Owen Roe) does his best to organise the arrangements, but even Frank’s genial mood alters significantly when he realises the house where he and Lorraine have raised their family and cared for his mother-in-law will be jointly awarded to Lorraine’s errant brother Joe (Aidan Kelly).
Joe seems embarrassed and uninterested in forcing them to sell, but Frank is convinced he will turn the screw soon and they may be forced out of their beloved neighbourhood as property prices soar in Dublin….
“Prince and the Pauper, The” (1969) (66 mins) Children’s movie.
Aka “The Adventures of the Prince and the Pauper”.
Cast of unknowns (Kenny Morse, Barry Pearl, Gene Bua).
Director: Elliott Geisinger.
Based upon a Mark Twain story.
Filmed at a farm in Navan? The film was supposedly shot in Ireland, but there is little evidence of that here. Castles are used for both establishing and background shots, but it’s obvious no interiors were filmed in them.
A poor commoner and a young prince each find out how the other half lives in this adventure story based on the classic tale by Mark Twain. Tom Canty (Barry Pearl) is a young man from a labouring family who bears a striking resemblance to Prince Edward (Kenny Morse), the son of King Henry VIII and heir to his throne. Tom and Edward meet by chance, and they decide to exchange places briefly as a lark; Edward will get to live as an ordinary boy, and Tom will be able to enjoy the perks of royalty. But the two are separated before they can let everyone in on the joke, and Tom discovers as he pretends to be Prince Edward that the kingdom is awash in corruption.
Appears to have had a VHS release: (Kid Rhino Video) but no sign of now!
“Privates” (2013) (225 mins) BBC TV 5 part mini-series.
Patrick Baladi, Marc Silcock, Jack Fox.
Director: Bryn Higgins.
Production company: Twenty Twenty Television.
Filmed in Northern Ireland – County Down: Ballykinlar Army Base; Tyrella Beach; South Promenade Newcastle.
It is November 3rd, 1960 as we follow the last intake of men into National Service at the tail end of conscription. The Cold War is at its height, but an old way of life is drawing to a close, and a new breed of young man is standing up for England, Rock & Roll and the right to think for himself… but they’re in the wrong place. Gangsters, teddy boys, peaceniks, posh boys and one certifiable loose cannon are about to find themselves in Two Section, deafened, blinded, choked and disciplined into one tight fighting machine whether they like it or not. And like it they won’t. From the food to the beds, from early rising to late watches, from shaven heads to itchy uniforms, they are here to be broken down and rebuilt by the army; but it soon becomes a contest as to which side will break first.
Available on DVD.
“Professor Tim” (1957) (60 mins)
Ray McAnally, Maire O’Donnell.
Director: Henry Cass.
Produced by Emmet Dalton.
Based upon an Abbey Theatre play by George Sheils.
Outdoor scenes filmed near Enniskerry and indoor scenes in a studio in England.
“Promise of Barty O’Brien, The” (1951) (49 mins)
Eric Doyle, Eileen Crowe, Harry Brogan, Doirin Ni Mhaidin, Philip O’Flynn, Alfie Byrne.
Director: George Freedland.
Script by: Frank O’Connor.
A propaganda film made by the Economic Co-Operation Administration (Marshall Aid Programme) showing how Barty O’Brien, the son of a small Irish farmer becomes trained as an electrical engineer in the United States.
Not available. IFI may hold a copy.
“Proof” (2004/05) (480 mins) Thriller. RTE TV series.
Orla Brady, Finbar Lynch, Brian Murray.
Directors: Ciarán Donnelly, Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
Produced by Subotica for RTE; in association with TV2 Danmark.
Two seasons. Season .1. “Proof” and Season.2. “Proof: Prescription for Murder”.
Written by Irish writer Tony Philpott.
Filmed in County Dublin.
A sinister glimpse into a shady, fictional relationship between European high finance, human trafficking and Irish politics. When Investigative journalist Terry Corcoran discovers a tenuous link between the murder of a car thief and the suspicious death of a corrupt accountant, he begins to draw the threads of truth together to link these deaths and human trafficking to the rise to power of the about-to-be-elected Prime Minister.
Available on DVD as an Region 1 import – v.scarce – why..?
“Property of the State” (2016) (107mins) True Drama
Patrick Gibson, Aisling Loftus, David Rawle, Elaine Cassidy.
Director: Kit Ryan.
Script: Susan Morrall.
Shot at the old Shackleton British military base at Ballykelly, Co.Londonderry.
Based on true events that shocked Ireland in the 1990s, Property of the State tells the story of a disturbed young man by the name of Brendan O’Donnell (Patrick Gibson) as seen through the eyes of his sister Ann Marie (Aisling Loftus). Piece by piece she threads together the events that ultimately lead to the harrowing murders of a young mother, her child and a local priest in the forest of East Clare, Ireland.
Ann Marie lived through it all. As the loving sister of a loving brother, she became the sister of a murderer and the sister of a man described as the most evil man in Ireland. She had not committed a crime, yet many saw her guilty by association.
Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 6/7/2016.
“Prosperity” (2007) 4 x 1 hour TV films.
Shane Thornton, Siobhan Shanahan, Leroy Harris, Eileen Colgan, Gary Egan, Diveen Henry.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson.
Produced in association with RTE.
Prosperity tells four powerful, moving and funny stories set on the same day, each examining the life of a single character on the margins of the Celtic Tiger. While each story stands alone, over the series the subtle connections between the characters are revealed. From Element website.
“P.S. I Love You” (2007) (126 mins) Romantic Comedy.
Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, Harry Connick Jr.
Director: Richard LaGravenese.
Filmed in USA – New York and in Ireland – Counties Dublin and Wicklow.
This film, from the book of the same title, was originally set in Ireland. The setting has been changed to New York City in the film, yet, the story retains its Irish character.
Childhood sweethearts Holly and Gerry could finish each other’s sentences. No-one could imagine them apart. Until, that is, the unthinkable happens and Holly is faced with the prospect of spending the rest of her days without her husband. Then, one day, a light appears at the end of the tunnel in the form of a surprise letter. Secretly, Gerry has left her a series of notes written before he died – delivered one per month – to gently guide Holly into her new life, each finishing with: P.S. I love you.
Available on DVD.
“Puck Fair Romance” (1916)
J.M. Kerrigan, Kathleen Murphy.
Director: J.M. Kerrigan.
Produced by The Film Company of Ireland.
“Puckoon” (2002) (82 mins) Comedy.
Sean Hughes, Elliott Gould, Richard Attenborough, David Kelly, Milo O’Shea, John Lynch, Griff Rhys Jones, Daragh O’Malley.
Director: Terence Ryan.
Based on the satirical novel by Spike Milligan.
Filmed in County Down – Blackwater Park, The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Downpatrick Railway Station. County Monaghan – Castle Leslie and Glaslough.
Available on DVD.
“Puffball: The Devil’s Eyeball” (2007) (120 mins) Horror.
Kelly Reilly, Miranda Richardson, Rita Tushingham and Donald Sutherland.
Director: Nicolas Roeg.
Based on a novel by Fay Weldon.
Filmed in Counties Armagh and Monaghan.
Powerful, supernatural forces are unleashed when a young architect, Liffrey (Kelly Reilly), becomes pregnant after moving to live in an isolated and mysterious valley deep in the Irish countryside. Soon, the previous inhabitants of her cottage – Mabs Tucker (Miranda Richardson) and her devilish, witchy family – become obsessed with the newcomer, convinced that the unborn son was intended for Mabs…
Available on DVD.
“Pulling Moves” (2004) (10 x 30 mins) Comedy. BBC (NI)
Simon Delaney, Ciarán McMenamin, Ciaran Nolan, Kevin Elliot.
Writer: Pearse Elliot. Directors: Brian Kirk, Pearse Elliott, Phillipa Langdale.
Comedy drama set in Belfast. Four chancers pull money-making scams, with hilarious consquences.
Some episodes available on YouTube.
Available on DVD but hard to find. Unofficial versions also exist.
“Pure Mule” (2005) (420 mins) Drama. RTE TV mini-series. 6 episodes.
Garrett Lombard, Tom Murphy, Eileen Walsh, Gary Lydon, Charlene McKenna.
Directors: Declan Recks, Charlie McCarthy.
Set in rural Ireland, Pure Mule takes a modern day look at the goings on in a small town in the midlands. Each of the six episodes is a self-contained story focusing on the weekend of one particular character. From Element Pictures Website.
Available as a DVD box set.
“Purple Taxi, The” (1977) (120 mins) Comedy.
aka “Un Taxi Mauve” and “Curtain of Rain”.
Peter Ustinov, Fred Astaire, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Noiret, Agostina Belli, Edward Albert.
Director: Yves Boisset.
Based on the novel of the same name by Michel Déon.
A French/Italian production.
Filmed in part at Lismore in County Waterford. Also Cong – County Mayo??? Kenmare – County Kerry?
The Purple Taxi is what Dr.Seamus Scully (Fred Astaire) uses to drive about the hills of southern Ireland. The good natured doctor looks after his patients, often for nothing giving them advice and sometimes medicine if the whisky they have already taken has not killed, or cured, them. Amongst his friends are a coterie of foreigners taking refuge in Ireland for tax, lifestyle and “other” reasons.There’s Philippe Marcal (Phillipe Noiret), a 48 year old Parisenne, highly cultivated but reluctant to reveal any more. Jerry Keen (Edward Albert), a 24 year old American “exiled” to Ireland by his family after becoming involved in drugs. His beautiful sister Sharon Frederick (Charlotte Rampling), married to the Prince of Hanover and who is rich and lonely. Finally there is Taubleman (Peter Ustinov), a giant of a man who lives with a beautiful girl named Anne (Agostina Belli) in a dilapidated manor house. Taubleman is a complete mystery. Is Anne is daughter? What is the source of his income? Is a Jew or a former Nazi?
Available on DVD (2007) on Amazon.fr and very occasionally on Amazon.com and eBay on VHS.
Pursuit (2015) (95 mins) Crime/Drama.
Ruth Bradley, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Ward, Owen Roe, Liam Cunningham, Don Wycherley, Dara Devaney, David Pearse.
Writer/Director: Paul Mercier.
Production company: An Pointe Productions.
Budget – Estimated at €1.8 million.
The legend of Diarmuid and Grainne updated for modern times and set against the background of Dublin’s criminal underworld.
Shot in Ireland – Galway city.
Available on DVD.