SALE OF PROPS FROM PENNY DREADFUL TV SERIES – 13th/15th September, 2016

Ashgrove Auctions are holding a three-day sale of Props from the popular “Penny Dreadful” TV series at the Punchestown Pavilion, Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare during September.

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Latest news here: Penny Dreadful Sale

Catalogue available here: catalogue gif

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RTE’s “Insurrection” is making a comeback after all!

Back in April last year I pondered the possibility that this 8-part TV series might be resurrected during the “1916 Commemorations” but dismissed the idea – seems I was wrong! The full series is to be televised on RTE One, on consecutive evenings, starting this Friday (18th March) but at the ridiculous time of five minutes to Midnight! Just to confuse matters further it will be 11.10pm on Saturday 19th and five past Midnight on Sunday. Anyway, time to sort out some way of copying it! Hopefully RTE will eventually get round to putting it out on DVD.

Above – a scene from inside the GPO.

Further details here: “Insurrection”

“Stutterer” wins best Live Action Short Film at 2016 Oscar Awards

“Stutterer” a thirteen minute short by Irish Writer/Director Benjamin Cleary picked up an award for the best Live Action Short at last nights Oscar Awards Ceremony. Produced on a micro budget of just €5,000 the film packs a punch well above its budget. Shot in London and also featuring Eric Richard – Sgt.Bob Cryer from “The Bill” TV series.

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More about Benjamin Cleary and his other projects here: www.benjamincleary.net

Traders – at a cinema near you from March 11th.

Traders tells the story of Harry Fox (Killian Scott) who seems to have it all, the luxury apartment, the fancy car but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes (John Bradley) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their banks accounts, sell their assets, put their entire worth in cash into two green sports bags. They travel to a remote location and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and walks away twice as rich. Vernon believes Trading is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get rich quick. Can Harry resist the lure of such a high risk gamble? It’s dangerous, it’s illegal, but it could solve all his problems.

Shot in Co.Dublin.

Written and directed by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy.

Definitely something different, but going by the trailer I’ll wait for the DVD.

Brooklyn – coming to a cinema near you soon!

“Brooklyn” the movie based on the novel by Colm Tóibín and largely shot in the South East – principally in Enniscorthy – is due to hit cinema screens in November. Directed by John Crowley (Intermission and Boy A) and script-written by Nick Hornby, the movie should appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy movies such as “Circle of Friends” and “The Lilac Bus”.

Brooklyn opens in 1950s rural Ireland, where opportunities are scarce, particularly for young women like Eilis Lacey played by rising star – Saoirse Ronan. When given the opportunity to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her mother, sister and home for the first time. The film also stars Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

Much of the film was shot on the street below my sitting room window and my ex. had a part as an extra – so we are all holding our breath to see whether or not she ended up in the movie or the cutting room floor. She’s not in the official trailer below. Enjoy!

Insurrection – Resurrection?

The RTE eight part drama “Insurrection”, produced in 1966 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, saw a rare, one-day airing on Easter Monday 2015. All eight episodes were screened at Dublin’s Liberty Hall during the day but for now the restored films seem destined to return to the vaults at Montrose. Former RTE presenter and historian John Bowman expressed a hope that the series might be released on DVD, but I wouldn’t be holding my breath. The old royalties issue will no doubt be wheeled out by RTE as an excuse to do nothing.

Insurrection Still note CIE bus stop

The events of Easter Week 1916 reported as they might have been covered if television had existed. The series is mainly of interest to historians and from the clips that I’ve seen it has dated badly and is low budget stuff.

More information here: https://irelandsmovies.wordpress.com/i-2/

A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

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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) ……….

I watched this one last night as part of yet another Netfix FREE trial and despite low expectations was more than satisfied.  A strong plot with good casting in the key roles – Mickey Rourke is excellent as the reluctant IRA hitman; Alan Bates and Christopher Fulford are particularly menacing as the London gangster brothers; and Bob Hoskins is, well, Bob Hoskins and turns in a respectable performance as the SAS man turned Roman Catholic priest. Liam Neeson and Alison Doody are good as the IRA team in London to track down and bring Fallon back to Northern Ireland.

Filmed in England – London.

Available on DVD.

Whyte’s (Dublin) Movie Poster Sale – Saturday 31st May, 2014

WHYTES POSTER SALE

It’s rare that such a large, single-owner collection of movie posters comes on the market and this is certainly the first sale of its kind that I can remember taking place in Ireland.

Although the Irish content of this sale only constitutes a small portion of the 340+ Lots on offer, those that are included are amongst highly sought after examples.  Amongst those that caught my eye is a fine poster from “Johnny Nobody” (1961), and an even rarer poster from “Odd Man Out” (1947) – not sure that I could live with the strange appearance of James Mason’s hair though! Others of interest include the long forgotten “Professor Tim” (1957) and “Dublin Nightmare” (1958) – this latter movie, long unobtainable, was released on DVD in March 2014. Anyway, there’s other Irish material included in the sale plus a very substantial quantity of high quality International movie posters. Well worth checking out the online catalogue links below.

Johnny Nobody poster

Odd Man OutProfessor Tim Whytes

Dublin Nightmare poster

SALE TAKES PLACE AT THE FREEMASON’S HALL,

17 Molesworth Street, Dublin.2.

DATE

Viewing at Whyte’s Salerooms, 38 Molesworth Street

Wednesday 28th May from 10.00am – 6.00pm

Thursday 29th May from 10.00am – 7.00pm

Friday 30th May from 10.00am – 7.00pm

Saturday 31st May (Day of Sale) from 10.00am – 12 Noon

Searchable catalogue here: Catalogue icon

Flip catalogue click here: Catalogue icon

Further information:

Whyte’s Fine Art & Collectibles Auctioneers & Valuers

38 Molesworth Street,  Dublin .2.

Tel: (01) 676 2888  Fax: (01) 676 2880

iw@whytes.ie

Brooklyn starts filming in Enniscorthy

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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.

“Quirke” new Irish Crime drama starts on RTE.1. Sunday 16th February, 2014

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.

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“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.

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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.