“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.

La Jeune Folle (1952) – an appropriate first post for a blog of this name!

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.

La Jeune Folle VHS

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.