There’s something distinctly surreal about writing a film blog right in the middle of a movie set but that’s where I am! Unexpectedly, I find myself living smack-bang in the middle of the set of John Crowley’s new movie “Brooklyn” which starts shooting on Monday 1st April.
Since the beginning of the week an army of workers from the film company have been returning Enniscorthy’s Castle Street to something how it might have looked in the 1950s – in fairness little has changed since then but their work has improved the appearance of the place immeasurably!
Brooklyn is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Irish author Colm Tóibín – a native of Enniscorthy – and tells the story of a young woman Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) who emigrates from 1950s Ireland to America to find work. While there she falls in love and marries an Italian plumber called Tony. However, she is forced to return home to Ireland when her sister dies unexpectedly. Leaving her new husband behind, she arrives back in Enniscorthy and soon slips back into the social scene among friends, and potential suitors, who don’t know of her married status….
Other actors involved include Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, although I have to admit that I haven’t seen any of them yet!
More to follow…
Production Company: Wildgaze Films, Parallel Film Productions, Irish Film Board. Director: John Crowley. Scriptwriter: Nick Hornby.
Fans of Gabriel Byrne, of which I am one, have been looking foward to this for sometime. Be there or be square – Sunday, RTE .1. at 9.30pm.
The DVD release is promised for April.
“Quirke” (2013) (270 mins) Three part BBC/RTE TV mini-series.
Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon, Geraldine Somerville, Nick Dunning, Aisling Franciosi, Brian Gleeson, Lee Ingleby, Colin Morgan, Charlie Murphy, Sara Stewart and Stanley Townsend.
Co-production between Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions.
Filmed in Dublin.
Quirke (Gabriel Byrne) is the chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue – a charismatic loner whose job takes him into fascinating places as he investigates sudden death in 1950s Dublin. His pleasures in life are raw and deep, a drink, a smoke, good food, a woman. One woman in particular – his adoptive brother’s wife Sarah – and the forbidden love that has shaped and dominated Quirke’s life. Adapted from the novels by John Banville writing as Benjamin Black, the three feature length films – Christine Falls, The Silver Swan and Elegy for April – reveal the tangled truth about Quirke’s living family, even as he uncovers the secrets of the Dublin dead.
DVD due for release April 2014.
At last I have managed to acquire a VHS copy of this elusive French film which was partially shot in Dublin with an all French cast and crew. It never made it to DVD and the few VHS copies that I’ve come across on the French Amazon and eBay sites have always been wildly expensive. This brand new copy cost me €25 including p+p – all I need now is to get my VHS player serviced. I also picked up a copy of “Mon Film” magazine this week for a couple of Euros – a special 14 page supplement about the film – I just hope that my little used schoolboy French is up to it.
The film can be found under at least four different names including “La Jeune Folle”, “Desperate Decision”, “The Troubles” and “Revenge at Daybreak”. The exteriors were filmed in Dublin but as I haven’t watched it yet I can’t be more specific than that. It was released in 1952 and starred Danièle Delorme in the lead role. Based on the novel “Ar Follez Yaouank” by Catherine Beauchamp.
During the Irish War of Independence, a strange young woman Catherine (Daniele Delorme) who lives in a convent is haunted by premonitions that her brother needs her, but in fact he has been killed by the IRA as an informer. As she looks for her brother, she is sheltered by the rebel organisation and unknowingly falls in love with Steve (Henri Vidal) the man who ordered her brothers killing…
The author, Catherine Beauchamp (a pseudonym for Francine Rozec ) came from an revolutionary background in real life and had belonged to a Breton pro-Nazi militia, Bezen Perrot, which was modeled on the IRA. She fled to Ireland after the war but later returned to France where she died in 1992.