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“Taffin” (1988) (96 mins) Thriller.
Pierce Brosnan, Ray McAnally, Alison Doody, Patrick Bergin, Jeremy Child, Alan Stanford, Jonathan Ryan.
Director: Francis Megahy.
Based on the book of the same name by Lyndon Mallet.
Filmed in Dublin, Greystones and Wicklow Town.
When the small Irish town of Ballymoran is terrorized by a corrupt business syndicate, a lone hero wages all-out war. Mark Taffin (Pierce Brosnan) is a tough as nails debt collector who’s as quick with his wits as he is with his lightning-fast martial arts moves. So when powerful Sprawley Enterprises resorts to brutal tactics to silence townspeople who oppose the company’s hazardous chemical plant, Taffin leaps to the citizens’ aid. Battling savage assassins and ruthless executives, he takes on the enemy in one blistering confrontation after another. But as he prepares for the final showdown, Taffin uncovers a terrifying plot – a deadly conspiracy that may reach the highest echelons of political power!
Available on VHS and DVD.
“Tailor of Panama, The” (2001) Thriller.
Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Gleeson and Lola Boorman.
Director: John Boorman.
Based on the novel by John le Carré.
Filmed at Ardmore Studios, Bray, County Wicklow and Panama City…
British spy Andrew Osnard (Brosnan) is banished to Panama following an indiscretion with an ambassador’s mistress. Once there, he connects with a local tailor, Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush) with a dubious past and access to all the major political and criminal figures in Panama . The tailor, who is in serious financial difficulty, is married to an administrator to the Panama government. Osnard’s mission is to gather sensitive information regarding the President’s intentions for the Panama Canal . Osnard has no qualms in using Pendel to get what he wants, but the tremendous fictional tale which is then concocted may have more serious repercussions than anticipated. Merlin Films.
Available on DVD.
“Take, The” (2009) (176 mins) Crime. 4 part TV mini-series.
Shaun Evans, Tom Hardy, Brian Cox, Kierston Wareing and Charlotte Riley.
Director: David Drury.
Based on the novel by Martina Cole.
Filmed in Dublin.
Freddie Jackson (Tom Hardy) leaves prison in 1984, after serving 4 years for bank robbery. His loyal, if unstable, wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing) has waited for him on the outside, under the misguided impression that he wants to go straight. Freddie, however, is raring to get back into the game, keen on becoming king of the East End underworld. His cousin Jimmy (Shaun Evans) is hot on his heels and, with time, rises the ranks of the quickly expanding crime empire — eventually eclipsing Freddie himself. Bitterness and jealously threaten close family-ties, as loyalties are brought into question, trusts are betrayed, and violence ensues. In an era of new promises and possibilities, everyone it appears, is on the take.
Available on DVD.
“Tale of Sweety Barrett, The” (1998) (90 mins) Drama.
Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham, Lynda Steadman, Cillian Murphy and Brendan O’Carroll.
Director: Stephen Bradley.
Filmed in County Dublin – Balbriggan etc.
Sweety Barrett (Brendan Gleeson) is an illiterate but big-hearted man who has just lost his job as a large-object swallower in a travelling circus. He ends up in the small port town of Dockery where he picks up odd jobs. There he meets Anne (Lynda Steadman) and her young son, with whom he establishes an instant rapport. But there are problems in Dockery and corrupt police chief Mannix Bone (Liam Cunningham) has the town under his thumb. When Anne’s husband Leo (Andy Serkis), who has been framed by Bone the gets out of jail, both he and Sweety are set on a collision course with the authorities.
Available on VHS and DVD – ultra rare.
“Tales of Kilnavarna” (1984) Comedy. Six-part RTE TV series.
Mick Lally, Joe Lynch, Ronnie Masterson.
Director: Bill Keating.
Adapted from John B. Keane’s books by Joe O’Donnell, the series gave an amusing and affectionate picture of the manners and mores pervading traditional Irish rural life, with each episode coming at it with the focus on an individual character with a particular role in the community. There was The Postman’s Story, The Publican’s Story, The Matchmaker’s Story, The TD’s Story.
“Tara Road” (2005) (97 mins) Romantic Drama.
Andie MacDowell, Olivia Williams, Stephen Rea, Iain Glen, Jean-Marc Barr, Brenda Fricker, Sarah Bolger.
Director: Gillies MacKinnon.
Based on the novel by Maeve Binchy.
Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin and in South Africa – Cape Town.
Tara Road tells the story of two women one Irish and one American – who swap houses one summer and change the course of their lives forever. An accidental phone call brings these two otherwise unconnected women together and, in their mutual need for space and time alone, they agree to a two-month house exchange. In swapping homes, both women slowly find healing and strength through new surroundings and the kindness of others and gradually learn to accept the reality of their changed lives.
Trivia: Maeve Binchy, author of the novel on which the movie is based, makes an uncredited cameo as a restaurant patron. She can be glimpsed seated at the end of the bar, right after the scene where Ria offers to take the job advertised at the restaurant cashier’s counter.
Available on DVD.
“Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter” (2016) Fantasy Action Horror/Thriller.
Niamh Hogan, Alan Talbot, Kevin O’Malley, Nic Furlong, Sarah Tapes Jenkinson, Margarita Grillis.
Director: Zoe Kavanagh.
Shot on location in Ireland – Charleville Castle, Tullamore; Adgillan Castle; the old Pigeon House Power Station, Dublin and the Old Mill in Slane, Co.Westmeath.
A young girl tormented by the tragedies of her past is brought in for questioning by the police over the death of a man, who she claims to be a demon. Detective Beckett realizes this is the same girl he made a broken promise to seven years previously that he’d find the monster that raped and murdered her 12 year old sister. The girl warns of a powerful man named Falstaff who will stop at nothing to claim her soul. Falstaff abducts Detective Beckett’s daughter and now this young girl is his only hope and ally in rescuing his daughter from this demonic cult and proving to him that Taryn Barker is the Demon Hunter.
Available on DVD.
“Teems of Times” (1978) (270 mins) Drama. 10 part RTE TV mini-series.
Frank Kelly, Marie Conmee, Pat Daly, Eve Watkinson, Aine Ni Mhuiri.
Director: Louis Lenten.
Drama series written by Dominic Behan about his early life when his family lived with other residents in a Dublin tenement in the 1930s.
The Behans live on Russell Street on the banks of the Royal Canal in North Dublin. The other occupants include Granny English, Lizzie McHugh, Sailor Clancy and Mrs Runo.
Not available save for the YouTube video above.
“Ten Little Indians” (1966) (92 mins) Murder/Mystery.
Hugh O’Brien, Shirley Eaton, Stanley Holloway, Fabian, Leo Genn, Dennis Price, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Daliah Levi.
Director: George Pollock.
Based upon a novel by Agatha Christie.
Filmed at the late, lamented Kenure House in Rush, north County Dublin.
At the request of Mr.U.N.Owen (voiced by Christopher Lee) eight party guests are invited to a remote castle atop the Austrian Alps in the dead of Winter. During dinner, the disembodied voice of the curiously absent host accuses each guest of a serious crime. The party dismiss the claims as a practical joke – until one of them drops dead of cyanide poisoning!
Assuming that their mysterious host is hiding somewhere in the house – and is stark staring mad – a search party is organized to flush out the suspected killer. As more guests are dispatched in increasingly ingenious ways, it becomes clear that Mr Owen plans to punish everyone for their past crimes – with murders following the pattern of the “10 Little Indians” nursery rhyme.
Think you can solve the mystery? Before the killer is unveiled the film presents all amateur sleuths with a 60 second “Whodunit Break” – a flashback of clues to aid in the solving of the murders.
Trivia: This film was a remake of the original film version entitled “And Then There Were None” which was made with Barry Fitzgerald. Producer Harry Alan Towers was to remake this film again in 1975 and again in 1989.
Widely available on VHS and DVD.
“Teresa’s Wedding” (1980) (51 mins) Drama. RTE TV. Thursday Play Date.
Lise Ann McLaughlin, Philip O’Sullivan and Chris Curran. Director: Donal Farmer. Based on a short story by William Trevor.
Filmed in County Wicklow – Roundwood.
A play set in a southern town in Ireland in the early Sixties highlights the pressures and social tensions between two families when Artie and Teresa marry. – TCD.IE
“Terrible Beauty, A” (1960) (90 mins) Thriller.
Robert Mitchum, Richard Harris, Dan O’Herlihy, Cyril Cusack, Joe Lynch and Anne Heywood.
Director: Tay Garnett.
Aka “The Night Fighters”.
Based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Roth.
Filmed in County Wicklow at Ardmore Studios (Bray) and Rathdrum; also in County Dublin.
Ireland 1941: Irish Republicans have made a tentative bond with Nazi Germany to help Ireland in its never-ending struggle with Great Britain. A small cell of IRA volunteers is recruited in one village, under the flimsy leadership of the morally and physically lame Don McGinnis (Dan O’Herlihy). Among the new recruits is Dermot O’Neill (Robert Mitchum), who wants to free Ireland from Britain, but is not as convinced of the means as his colleagues. McGinnis, in love with Dermot’s sister who spurns him, means to prove himself through violence, even though he’s not able due to his disability to participate in the raids he sends Dermot and others on. On one such raid, Dermot and his pal Sean Reilly (Richard Harris) are separated from the rest of the squad. Dermot helps the wounded Sean to safety, but when Sean returns to their village and is captured, Dermot must decide whether his duty lies with the cause, with Ireland, or with his own humanity.
Was released on VHS as “The Night Fighters” but very hard to find now.
Not officially released on DVD.
“Term of Trial” (1962) (130 mins) Drama. B+W.
Laurence Olivier, Simone Signoret, Sarah Miles, Terence Stamp, Hugh Griffith, Thora Hird.
Director: Peter Grenville.
Filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray, County Wicklow and in County Dublin.
Movie debuts of Sarah Miles and Terence Stamp.
Graham Weir (Laurence Olivier) is an alcoholic schoolteacher whose criminal record for refusing to fight during the Second World War has prevented him from progressing further in his teaching career. He is looked upon with disdain by his headmaster, his pupils and even his wife. The one person who appreciates his shyness and warmth is one of his pupils, Shirley Taylor (Sarah Miles). After Weir offers to give her free private tuition, the pupil slowly falls in love with her teacher. She treats this as an obsession that can never be fulfilled but in her frustration and naivety, she reveals her true feelings to Weir and offers to sleep with him. Weir gently refuses and intends to forget about the episode but a new problem surfaces in his life when the jilted Taylor accuses him of indecent assault. – Imdb
Available on DVD (2009).
“Terminus (A Dublin Story)” (2011) (90 mins) Drama.
Keith Anderson, John Brennan and Conor Doyle.
Director: Keith Anderson.
Filmed in County Dublin.
Low budget – €10,000!
Centring on its two main characters; Jack – a man submerged in his own darkness and haunted by the demons of his troubled past; and Roxanna – a young Polish immigrant who has made Dublin her home and always tries to focus on the light side of life, while she herself harbours demons of her own. Darkness and light collide to bring some kind of colour to both their lives but is short lived as the shadow their respective pasts comes ever closer, unfolding a story of pain, violence, passion and vengeance. Written by K.Anderson the Director on IMDb.
“Terror of Frankenstein” (1977) (91 mins) Horror. English language.
Leon Vitali, Per Oscarsson, Stacy Dorning, Nicholas Clay and Jan Ohlsson.
Director: Calvin Floyd.
Original title: “Victor Frankenstein”.
A chilling and literal adaption of the classic Gothic tale by Mary Shelley.
Filmed at locations in Ireland – County Waterford – Bunmahon Mines, Comeragh Mountains etc.
While in medical school Victor Frankenstein (Leon Vitali) becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life. He attempts many bizarre experiments and his theories are laughed at. After graduation his private studies taken an even more compulsive direction which leads to experiments with human corpses. Using bodies stolen from the morgue, he creates a being in human form – (the Frankenstein monster) Per Oscarsson – brought to life by an electrical charge of lightning . This horrible, tormented creature soon turns against his creator and starts out on a quest for revenge filled with murder and destruction. Frankenstein pursues him to the frozen Arctic for a final confrontation from which only one will survive.
Available on DVD.
“Third Wave, The” (2017) Horror. Post-production Jan.2017.
Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.
Director: David Freyne.
Filmed in Dublin – Croke Park….
A disease that turned people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.
For six years, Europe was plagued by a devastating virus that transformed humans into zombie-like monsters. As mankind struggled to control the pandemic, the great hope of a cure was found. Although an unforeseen enemy surfaces in its wake: the past. The cured are haunted with the memories of their actions while infected. As some try to readjust to a world that still fears them, the growing unrest threatens to plunge the world back into chaos. – BAC FILMS.
Not released yet.
“30 is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia” (1968) (85 mins) Comedy.
Dudley Moore, Suzy Kendall, Patricia Routledge, Eddie Foy, Jr., Micheal MacLiammoir.
Director: Joseph McGrath.
A segment is filmed in Dublin.
In his first starring role minus his longtime partner Peter Cook, Dudley Moore plays a 29-year-old who goes through an identity crisis when approaching the “three-oh” mark. He wants to be a successful Broadway composer before reaching 30 and also wants to be happily married. Unfortunately, he’s so busy as a night-club musician that he hasn’t any time to realize his goals. Enter sexy Suzy Kendall (Mrs. Moore at the time), who inspires Dudley to reinvigorate his quest for success and connubial bliss.
Available on VHS from Amazon.com – scarce. Not officially released on DVD.
Full movie on YouTube above – April, 2016.
“Thirty Two A” (32a) (2007) (89 mins) Drama.
Ailish McCarthy, Sophie Jo Wasson and Orla Long.
Director: Marian Quinn.
Filmed in Ireland – Counties Dublin and Sligo.
For anyone who remembers their first broken heart… And their first bra…It’s Dublin 1979 and life is about to change for 13 year-old Maeve who’s trying to make sense of everything all at once – bodies, boys, friendships and family.
When Maeve attracts the attention of local heart-throb Brian she sneaks out to the local nightclub The Grove but soon finds herself snubbed by her mates and in serious trouble at home. Abandoning her girlfriends just when they need her most, Maeve is forced to learn some hard lessons about what’s really important in life.
Available on DVD.
“This is My Father” (1998) (120 mins) Drama.
Aidan Quinn, James Caan, Stephen Rea, Moya Farrelly, John Cusack, Colm Meaney.
Director: Paul Quinn.
Filmed in Ireland – Counties Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare; also in Canada – Montreal.
After discovering a faded 50-year-old photograph of his parents, Kieran Johnson (James Caan), who never knew his father, travels from his home in Chicago to the west of Ireland to discover the truth about where he came from. As Johnson uncovers his father’s story, many heart-warming characters give a flavour of Ireland’s past, including Aidan Quinn as the father and Moya Farrelly as the mother.
Available on DVD – scarce. Also as a newspaper promo DVD.
“This is the Sea” (1997) (104 mins) Drama.
Richard Harris, Gabriel Byrne, John Lynch, Dearbhla Molloy, Ian McElhinney, Samantha Morton, Ross McDade.
Writer/Director: Mary McGuckian.
On August 31st 1994, an uneasy peace was declared in Northern Ireland. Since then, polarized communities, such as the Protestant Plymouth Brethren and the Catholic Community in West Belfast, have been struggling to overcome past differences…
Available on VHS.
“This Must be the Place” (2011) (118 mins) Comedy/Drama.
Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Frances McDormand and David Byrne.
Director: Paolo Sorrentino.
Filmed in the USA – New Mexico, Michigan and New York; Italy – Rome. Ireland – Kerry (Killorglin), Wicklow and Dublin.
Cheyenne (Penn) is a former rock star still rocking the Goth look. Now 50, he relives the days of super stardom with avid young fan and best friend Mary (Hewson). Living off his royalties he rattles around his grand Dublin mansion until the death of his estranged father calls him to New York. Reunited with his family, Cheyenne discovers a secret that sends him across America.
Available on DVD.
“This Other Eden” (1959) (80 mins) Comedy. B+W.
Audrey Dalton, Leslie Phillips, Niall MacGinnis, Milo O’Shea, Hilton Edwards and Norman Rodway.
Director: Muriel Box.
Based on the play of the same name by Louis D’Alton.
The first Irish feature film to be directed by a woman.
The film was shot in Chapelizod (near Dublin’s Phoenix Park), Wicklow town and Ardmore Studios.
No official release on VHS or DVD.
“Thousand Times Goodnight, A” (2013) (120 mins) Drama.
Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lauryn Canny, Adrianna Cramer Curtis, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Larry Mullen Jnr, Mireille Darc.
Director: Erik Poppe.
Production company: Newgrange Pictures.
Filmed in Ireland – Dublin and Wicklow.
Rebecca is one of the world’s top war photographers. On assignment while photographing a female suicide bomber group, she gets too near, and gets badly hurt in an explosion. Back home another bomb drops – her husband and daughters can no longer bear the thought of her dying while at work. She is given an ultimatum: her work, or her family life. The choice seems obvious.
Rebecca swears to her husband that she will never go to a war zone again. Yet the conviction that her photographs can make a difference keeps pulling at her resolve, making it difficult for her to live a normal life as a mother and wife. Then comes an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that her daughter is allowed to join her mother…
Available on DVD.
“Three of a Kind” (1988/89) TV pilot.
Beau Bridges, Ian Ogilvy.
Director: Herbert Wise.
The first major American network show to be filmed outside the United States. Produced by MTM Enterprises, producer of “Lou Grant” & “Hill Street Blues”. An entire French street was built in Ardmore Studio for the proposed 13-part series but the series was scrapped after the first episode. A trio of spies work from a fancy restaurant in the South of France.
A pilot for a series not picked up by ABC about three retired spies living in the south of France. One is a former CIA agent, the second is an ex-KGB agent, and the third is a former spy for the Italian government. Although officially retired, the three soon find themselves deeply involved in international intrigue on the eve of the signing of a Soviet-U.S. arms treaty. The main complication arises when an American defector claims to have explosive new information on the assassination of John Kennedy. http://tv.nytimes.com/show/63389/Three-of-a-Kind/overview
Can’t find online…any further information would be most welcome.
“3:10 to Claremorris, The” (2010) (150 mins) Comedy/Drama.
Peter Davey, Peadar Conway, Marie McIntyre, Stephen Connolly, Pat Feely, Tom Towey, Francis Frain.
Director: Tom Walsh.
A low budget (no budget according to its director, Tom Walsh of Laighne Films) the 3.10 to Claremorris was shot in the west of Ireland – Mayo and Sligo in 2009. The unlikely storyline concerns the restoration of the railway linking Claremorris to Collooney and is a parody on the classic western “The 3.10 to Yuma” (1957). In this movie the Honda 50 replaces the horse but otherwise it follows faithfully the Hollywood model with bank robberies, saloon fights and a High Noon type showdown. The actors visibly grow into their roles as the two and a half hour (!) epic wends its way to an unlikely conclusion. Coolaney, Sligo railway station, Collooney, Tubbercurry and the Ox Mountains form the backdrop to the movie. A must for the diehard collector of Irish movies but heavy going for your average punter.
Released on DVD and available from Laighne Films here.
“Three Wise Women” (2010) TV Romantic Comedy.
Fionnula Flanagan, Amy Huberman, Lauren Coe, Hugh O’Connor, John Rhys-Davies, Conor Mullen.
Director: Declan Recks.
Production company: Parallel Film Productions.
Shot in Ireland.
Liz is a successful, thirty-something doctor who doesn’t fully realize she is settling for less than ideal with the man she is about to marry. Her guardian angel travels through time and enlists the help of Liz as both a late teenager and an older woman to steer her clear from making this mistake. From Hallmark site.
Available on DVD but only as part of a 10-pack Hallmark Collection – see Amazon.com
“Three Wishes for Jamie” (1987) (97 mins) Made for TV.
Stevan Rimkus, Jack Warden.
Director: Robert Young.
Based on Charles O’Neal’s 1949 novel The Three Wishes of Jamie McRuin.
A young Irishman Jamie McGrew (Stevan Rimkus) is granted three wishes by the Queen of the Fairies and chooses travel, a bride, and a son who can speak Gaelic.
Unofficial DVD available here: www.truetvmovies.net
“Ties of Blood” (1985) Drama. BBC (NI) Six part mini-series.
Frances Low, Lise Ann McLaughlin, Dearbhla Molloy, James Nesbitt, Sally Watts, Des McAleer.
Directed by James Ormerod.
Written by Graham J. Reid.
Produced by Tim Ironside-Wood.
This six-part mini-series of plays by Graham Reid follows the stories of an assortment of characters affected by the Troubles. These include: an army cook stationed in Derry; a staunch republican farmer; a Catholic girl from Belfast who married an English soldier; an army bandsman; a Catholic RUC officer; a Scottish clerk; young soldiers and their partners on their first posting to Northern Ireland; and the staff and patients of a military hospital in Northern Ireland.
Broadcast on BBC.2. between 12/11/1985 and 17/12/1985.
“Tiger Raid” (2016) (92 mins) Thriller
Brian Gleeson, Damien Molony, Sofia Boutella, and Rory Fleck Byrne.
Director: Simon Dixon.
Joe and Paddy are members of a private security crew working in the Middle East. They have been assigned to kidnap the daughter of a powerful man as part of a major robbery – a Tiger Raid. We meet them as they travel through the inhospitable desert on their way to execute the raid.
Joe, the older of the two, carries a brutal and unrepentant view of the world, defined by fear and adoration of their invisible but omnipresent boss. Paddy is younger and recklessly ambitious, hungry to progress through the ranks of the crew. Neither man trusts the other as they tell half truths and stories of previous victories in a battle to determine who controls this increasingly volatile situation.
Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April, 2016.
“Tiger’s Tale, The” (2006) (107 mins) Thriller
Brendan Gleeson, Kim Cattrall, Ciarán Hinds, Sinéad Cusack, Sean McGinley, Angeline Ball and Brian Gleeson.
Director: John Boorman.
Filmed in Dublin – Docklands, Temple Bar, Sandymount…
A dark comedy set against the backdrop of Ireland’s early-21st-century “Celtic Tiger” economic boom. Liam O’Leary (Brendan Gleeson) is a stressed-out Dublin property developer whose wealth doesn’t ensure a happy home life with his unfulfilled wife, Jane (Kim Cattrall), and rebellious son, Connor (Gleeson’s real-life son, Brian Gleeson). Already under pressure and financially overstretched, Liam is further rattled when he begins seeing a doppelganger around town and becomes convinced that the man is out to usurp his identity. But is the double real, or is Liam having a mental breakdown…
Available on DVD.
“Timbuktu” (2004) (94 mins) Drama.
Eva Birthistle, Karl Geary, George Jackos, Liam O Maonlai, Sean Campion, Adil Abdelwahab and Tony Brown.
Director: Alan Gilsenan.
Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin and Morocco.
When Isobel’s brother is kidnapped by Algerian rebels, she reunites with her childhood friend Deecy and together they embark on a dark journey of discovery across the Sahara. On accepting an offer of help from a local hustler they become the pawns in his nightmarish game.
No sign of a release or DVD.
“Time after Time” (1986) Part of the BBC “Screen Two” series. Season 2: Ep.3.
John Gielgud, Googie Withers, Helen Cherry, Ursula Howells, Brenda Bruce, Freddie Jones, Trevor Howard, George Baker, Tim Ward.
Director: Bill Hays.
Based on the novel by Molly Keane.
Filmed in Ireland – Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow.
The Swifts – three sisters of marked eccentricity, defiantly christened April, May, and baby June, and their only brother, one-eyed Jasper – have little in common, save some vivid memories of their darling mother and a long lost youth particularly prone to acts of treachery. Into their world comes cousin Leda from Vienna, a visitor from the past, blind but beguiling: a thrilling guest. Within days, the lifestyle of the Swifts has been dramatically overturned – and desires, dormant for so long, flame fierce and bright like never before.
10/1/2018 – On YouTube here: Time After Time
Not available on DVD.
“Titanic Blood and Steel” (2012) (634 minutes) 12 part TV drama mini-series.
Kevin Zegers, Derek Jacobi, Neve Campbell, Chris North, Liam Cunningham, Billy Carter, Alessandra Mastronardi.
Director: Ciaran Donnelly.
Filmed in Ireland – Counties Dublin and Wicklow. Also shipyard scenes shot in Belgrade, Serbia.
Big budget – $28 million.
Belfast 1909: the Harland & Wolff shipyard has been handed the greatest project in its history. It will build a great unsinkable ship. And it will be called the RMS Titanic. This is the untold story of the building of a legend and the many lives it affected during its 3-year construction. To its wealthy investors it was a dream. To the middle class who oversaw the project it was a challenge. But to the working class who built it Titanic was the start of a revolution. With Ireland under British rule and the Protestant and Catholic struggle intensifying, Titanic was more than a ship it was a symbol of ambition hope and unity.
Available on DVD.
“Titanic Town” (1998) (100 mins) Drama.
Julie Walters, Ciaran Hinds, Nuala O’Neill, Ciaran McMenamin, James Loughran, Barry Loughran.
Director: Roger Michell.
aka “Frontline – Zwischen den Fronten”
Based on the novel of the same name by Mary Costello.
Filmed in Belfast, England (Hertfordshire) and London.
Northern Ireland, 1972. In the Andersonstown district of Catholic West Belfast the nightly skirmishes between the IRA gunmen and British soldiers have escalated into a war fought on the streets in broad daylight. For Bernie McPhelimy (Julie Walters), her husband and kids, this is home and although the conflict rages all around them, Bernie is determined to lead a normal family life.
But when her childhood friend is gunned down and killed by the IRA she can no longer ignore what’s happening. Bernie launches a campaign (for a ceasefire) to stop the daytime shooting. Her crusade means she can’t take sides and branded a traitor and vilified by almost everyone, Bernie becomes an outcast in her own community.
Available on VHS.
“Tolka Row” (1964-68) RTÉ Soap Opera
Tolka Row was an Irish soap opera set in a fictional housing estate on the northside of Dublin. The show centred on the Nolans, a typical working-class Dublin family, and their neighbours, the Feeneys.
Based on Maura Laverty’s 1951 play of the same name, Tolka Row was first broadcast on 3 January 1964 and aired weekly for five series until it ended on 31 May 1968.
All episodes were filmed in studio at Telefís Éireann’s Television Centre in Donnybrook, Dublin.
“Top O’ the Morning” (1949) (100 mins) Comedy.
Bing Crosby, Ann Blyth, Barry Fitzgerald, Ann Blyth, Hume Cronyn and Tudor Owen.
Director: David Miller.
An Irish-American insurance investigator searches for Ireland’s Blarney Stone, which has disappeared and was insured by his firm.
Filmed in USA????
Not available on VHS or DVD. No official DVD release.
“Touch of the Master’s Hand” (1980) (64 mins) Family/Christian.
James McIlroy, Joe McPartland, Julian Chambers, Maurice O’Callaghan.
Director: Jimmy Murphy.
Produced by Ken Anderson Films.
Filmed in Belfast, County Antrim.
The sale of an old violin sets off a chain of events that tests and then strengthens an English family’s faith.
Available on DVD.
“Traders” (2016) (90 mins) Thriller.
Killian Scott, John Bradley, Nika McGuigan, Peter O’Meara, and Barry Keoghan.
Written and Directed by Rachael Moriarty & Peter Murphy.
Filmed in Co.Dublin
Harry Fox (Killian Scott) 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 a former work colleague, Vernon Stynes (John Bradley) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their bank accounts, sell everything they own and put the 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. Then you find someone else and do it again, and again, and again, until you are rich enough or dead, whichever comes first. 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.
Available on DVD.
“Trafficked” (2004) (85 mins) Crime Drama.
Ruth Negga, Karl Shiels and Neilí Conroy.
Director/Writer: Ciarán O’Connor.
Drama set in Dublin’s criminal underworld. Ruth Negga stars as Taiwo, an illegal immigrant who has been brought into Ireland by human traffickers. Forced into prostitution in order to survive, she finds an unlikely friend in Kelly (Karl Sheils), a small time thief who tries, in his misguided way, to protect Taiwo from the worst horrors of Dublin’s seedy underbelly.
Available on DVD – scarce!
Gerard McSorley, Anthony Fox and Laura Way.
Director: Graham Cantwell.
Filmed in Ireland – Belfast; Counties Cavan and Dublin; and France – Paris.
When Anton O’Neill (Anthony Fox) returns home after five years at sea, he finds that 1970’s Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil unrest has spilled south of the border to his beloved home in County Cavan. Blinded by hatred and misguided patriotism Anton is led into an illicit world of violence and is forced to choose between his family and his country. Hunted and on the run, Anton is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with the law and his former accomplices, ending in an explosive showdown in which he must risk everything to protect the woman he loves.
Available on DVD.
“Transatlantic Flight” (1948)
Gene Kelly, Betsy Blair.
Director: Joseph Ryle.
Filmed in part at Shannon Airport.
No reference anywhere online.
Help – please – anybody?
“Traveller” (1981) (81 mins) RTE.
Judy Donovan, Davy Spillane, Alan Devlin and Joe Pilkington.
Director: Joe Comerford.
Written by Neil Jordan.
Angela Devine marries fellow ‘traveller’ Michael Connors. During a trip from the Republic to the occupied counties, Angela reveals that she has been the victim of violence and incest by her father. As Angela becomes more self-aware, she comes to believe that her future may lie outside Ireland.
Does not appear to be available on VHS or DVD.
“Treasure Hunt” (1952) (79 mins) B+W. Comedy.
Martita Hunt, Jimmy Edwards, Naunton Wayne, Athene Seyler and Brian Worth.
Director: John Paddy Carstairs.
Based on a play by Anglo-Irish author Molly Keane.
Production company: Romulus Films.
Filmed at Teddington Studios, London.
The roguish head of an eccentric Anglo-Irish family dies, leaving middle-age children a fortune. But their home is their only asset, so they decide to take in paying guests.
Released on DVD, digitally remastered but scarce on eBay or Amazon.
“Treasure Island” (2012) (180 mins) Two part TV mini-series.
Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland, Toby Regbo, Rupert Penry-Jones, and Daniel Mays.
Director: Steve Barron.
Filmed in Ireland – Cork, Dun Laoghaire Harbour etc. and Puerto Rico.
A new take on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson 1883 novel….A young man, Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo) discovers a treasure map that belonged to the crooked and despicable Captain Flint (Donald Sutherland). Flint had amassed a hoard of treasure, double crossed his crew and murdered anyone who tried to stop him as he buried the treasure on an island in the West Indies. When Hawkins comes into possession of the map he enlists the help of Doctor Livesey (Daniel Mays) who turns to Squire Trelawney (Rupert Penry-Jones) in order to borrow enough money to hire a ship and crew to find the treasure.
Trivia: The ship at the centre of the action, ‘The Spaniola’, is played by a 145ft tall-ship, otherwise known as the ‘Earl of Pembroke‘.
Available on DVD.
“Treaty, The” (1992) (98 mins) Drama. Made for TV. (RTE/Thames Television)
Barry McGovern, Ian Bannen, Julian Fellowes, Brendan Gleeson, Alan Stanford and Bosco Hogan.
Director: Jonathan Lewis.
Filmed in Dublin and at Carton House, Maynooth in County Kildare.
Set in Dublin and London, featuring a fine Irish and British cast, the Treaty is a tense, intriguing drama about a pivotal moment in history. Beneath the surface eddy the human currents of love and fear, hope and ambition.
Arthur Griffiths (Tony Doyle) and Michael Collins (Brendan Gleeson), led the Irish delegation to London, to negotiate the end of 700 years of British rule in Ireland. Facing them across the table were British Prime Minister David Lloyd George (Ian Bannen) and the men who ran the Empire – Lord Birkenhead (Alan Stanford) and Winston Churchill (Julian Fellowes). For them, much more than Ireland was at stake.
Collins didn’t want to be there. He thought himself a soldier, not a politician. Knowing that force could not prevail, he ultimately signed a treaty that would deliver not freedom ‘but the freedom to achieve it’.
Eamon de Valera (Barry McGovern), President of the Irish Republic, disowned the treaty that he had sent Collins to London to negotiate. Michael Collins who had faced down the might of the British Empire and negotiated the beginning of the end, knew that he had signed his own death warrant. It was Christmas, 1921, the Irish Civil War was just weeks away.
It threatened the British Empire, and left the Irish with only each other to fight.
Released on VHS and now on DVD.
“Tree Keeper” (2011) (89 mins) Thriller.
James Browne, Pascal Scott, Róisín O’Donovan, Charlie Ruxton, Ciaran Ruby, Martina Carroll, David Farrell and Brian Fortune.
Writer/Director: Patrick O’Shea.
Production company: Southern Man Films.
Filmed in County Cork.
Tree Keeper unfolds in a small rural town and its neighbouring woodlands. Doire, a young man in his mid-twenties inherits a hundred acres of mature woodlands when his father dies. A solitary and reclusive figure, he turns his back on society and decides the best way to protect and care for his inheritance is to make a home for himself deep in the woods.
In his isolation in the woods Doire is unaware that his estranged mother has contested his father’s will and has won legal ownership of his woodlands. Doire soon discovers that his mother has sold the woodlands to a local business man who now has plans to develop them as a landfill site. Doire will do whatever it takes to protect what he loves the most.
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray here: Southern Man Films
“Trials of Oscar Wilde, The” (1960) (123 mins) True Drama.
Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason, Nigel Patrick, Lionel Jeffries and John Fraser.
Director: Ken Hughes.
Aka “The Green Carnation”.
Released at same time as “Oscar Wilde,” a different film.
The flamboyant playwright brings about his own downfall when he sues the Marquis of Queensbury for slander, and ends up going to jail for sodomy. Entertaining depiction of Wilde’s court case, with much of the story being taken from actual court records.
Available on DVD (2011).
“Tristan & Isolde” (2006) (125 mins) Drama.
James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell.
Director: Kevin Reynolds.
Filmed in County Galway, Iceland and the Czech Republic.
An action-packed saga of epic battles, political intrigue and forbidden passion, set in a time when the lines between heroism and savagery were etched in fire and carved out with broadswords. After the fall of Rome, visionary warlord Marke (Rufus Sewell) seeks to unite the squabbling English tribes to form one strong nation and defeat the brutal Irish king Donnchadh. But when Lord Marke’s greatest and most loyal knight, Tristan (James Franco), falls in love with Isolde (Sophia Myles), a beautiful Irish woman, it threatens to destroy the fragile truce and ignite a war…
Available on DVD.
“Trojan Eddie” (1996) (105 mins) Thriller.
Stephen Rea, Richard Harris, Angeline Ball, Brendan Gleeson, Sean McGinley, Gladys Sheehan.
Director: Gillies MacKinnon.
Based upon a screenplay by Billy Roche.
Nicknamed after the Trojan van in which he travels, Eddie (Stephen Rea) is a hustling ex-con lackey for a larcenous, brutal mobster (Richard Harris) who rules a group of gypsy travelers. Unlucky in love and in life, Eddie comes alive only when selling his boss’ contraband, ranging from “the Rolls Royce” of vans to far more dangerous wares.
Fate throws Eddie a curve when the aging kingpin chooses to take a child bride, with Eddie acting as the hapless go-between. Not surprisingly the wife-to-be has a few ideas of her own which sets off a chain of betrayal, infidelity and murder.
Available on VHS and DVD – scarce.
Trouble in Paradise (2007) (330 mins) Drama. Six-part RTÉ mini-series.
Lorcan Cranitch, Angeline Ball, Charlene Gleeson, Adam Fergus.
Director: Emer Reynolds. Written by Barbara Bergin.
Produced by Great Western Films for RTÉ.
Shot in and around Oldcastle, County Meath.
Set in the fictitious town of Belltown, somewhere in contemporary Ireland, Trouble in Paradise follows the highs and lows of three local families, the Littles, the Doogans and the McShanes, as they battle it out over love and land. Jolene Little (Charlene Gleeson) has it all. She’s 21, pretty, blonde and smart. Living in The Hacienda, a huge house on the edge of town, with her parents Doc (Lorcan Cranitch) and Annie (Angeline Ball) and her younger brother Randy (Brian Gleeson), Jolene is the apple of her Daddy’s eye. Not only is her family very wealthy, but she’s been the envy of every girl in town since she bagged boyfriend Seamus Doogan (Adam Fergus), the local golden boy.
But the Littles weren’t always wealthy. It’s not that long ago they lived in The Villas on the bad side of town, when Doc and Annie were in Country & Western band “Doc Little and The Patients”. So just how did the Littles make it large? Their story is that Doc was bequeathed a lot of money by a friend, but the gossips of Belltown have other ideas. Some think the real reason is connected to McShane’s woods.
In fact, most of the residents of Belltown consider the Littles to be trash, and Garda Donie Doogan (Declan Conlan) – oldest brother of Seamus – is no exception. Since their parents died years ago he has been mother and father to Seamus and as far as he is concerned the Littles aren’t good enough for pillars of the community like the Doogans.
So when Seamus and Jolene get engaged Donie is determined to do everything he can to break them up, setting off a chain of events that looks sure to make life for the Littles very hard indeed. Things aren’t looking too good for the McShane’s either. Once the local gentry, they’ve now been forced to hand over the last vestige of their wealth. RTÉ.
From a review in the Irish Independent: http://www.independent.ie/unsorted/features/oh-hell-thy-name-is-trouble-in-paradise-26273999.html
‘But sense isn’t on the agenda here. You stare slack-jawed at this twaddle and you haven’t a clue whether it’s meant to be a serious drama or a demented comedy. That’s because the people behind it haven’t a clue, either; or if they do, they haven’t the basic expertise to make it one or the other.’
Not released on DVD and unlikely to be anytime soon judging by the above review.
“Troubles” (1987) (208 mins) Drama. TV mini-series.
Sean Bean, Ian Charleson, Ian Richardson, Emer Gillespie.
Director: Christopher Morahan.
Adapted from the novel by J.G. Farrell.
Filmed for London Weekend TV.
Partly shot in County Wicklow – Greystones and County Mayo – Killala.
A grand hotel fallen into decay, two women with secrets and a dangerous political situation about to boil over – are some of the intriguing elements that combine to make this gripping adaption of J.G.Farrell’s acclaimed novel.
In 1919, Major Brendan Archer (Ian Charleson) an English casualty from World War.I., arrives in Ireland to reunite with his fiancée, Angela Spencer and her eccentric family. Unfortunately, the family home, The Majestic Hotel, is a decaying shadow of its former self, as is Angela. Puzzled by the change in his lover, Archer’s attentions are soon drawn to her more lively friend, Sarah Devlin, a passionate Irish Nationalist.
Don’t pay any attention to negative reviews of this film, my advice is to read the book, watch the film, listen to the audio book and enjoy all of them!
Available on VHS and DVD.
“Trouble With Sex” (2006) (100 mins) Drama.
Aidan Gillen, Renee Weldon, Gerard Mannix Flynn, Eamon Morrissey and Declan Conlon.
Director: Fintan Connolly.
Filmed in County Dublin.
Dublin. The present. Michelle (Renee Weldon), an attractive twenty-something, is a hard working city-lawyer who has an on-going relationship with Ivan (Derek Conlon) for three years. At a party one night, Ivan openly flirts with another woman in front of Michelle. They have a terrible row in which Michelle breaks up with Ivan and leaves the party in tears. Fleeing Ivan and the rain, Michelle stumbles into a bar close by, Flynn’s. There she spies Conor (Aidan Gillen), the young bartender, who serves her a drink. The bar is almost empty, only Conor, his drunken father, “Old Man” Flynn, and a few regulars are present. Despite the late hour, rain and her obvious anguish, Conor is immediately taken by Michelle. Shortly after, Michelle’s best friend Kathy comes to pick her up and take her home. However, “Old Man” Flynn takes the opportunity to nod a look of approval to Conor, whose eye has obviously been taken by her. Returning to Flynn’s the next day to retrieve her mobile telephone, Michelle and Conor strike up a conversation. There is an immediate and mutual attraction and Michelle and Conor begin to date. What ensues is a roller coaster of emotions as the new relationship blossoms and quickly their feelings for each other develop and grow. Michelle and Conor learn the reality that the trouble with sex is you can fall in love.
Available as a download from Volta here: www.volta.ie
Available on Region.1. (Australian) DVD – scarce.
“True North” (2006) (96 mins) Drama.
Peter Mullan, Martin Compston and Gary Lewis.
Director: Steve Hudson.
Aka “True North – Der letzte Fang”.
Filmed in Ireland – Cork, Kerry and Wicklow; the Scottish highlands and Cologne, Germany.
The skipper of a Scottish trawler “The Providence” has worked for more than thirty years to buy his vessel but is facing bankruptcy and about to lose his ship to the bank. While in the Belgian port of Ostend, his first mate and son Sean, desperate to save the trawler, accepts money to smuggle illegal Chinese immigrants to Scotland. Helped by another crewman he hides the group in the hold before they set sail. In order not to attract the suspicions of the customs, Sean decides to stay longer at sea to get a catch, leaving the immigrants in the most subhuman conditions. When one of the Chinese dies in the hold, the crew resort to desperate actions.
Available on DVD.
“Truth About Claire, The” (1990) TV movie.
Ann Callanan, Andrew Connolly, Peter Hanly.
Director: Gerry Stembridge.
“Truth About Kerry” (2010) (84 mins) Mystery/Thriller.
Stana Katic, Jessica Dean and Darren Keefe.
Director: Katherine Torpey.
Production company: O’Sullivan Pictures.
Filmed on location in Waterville, County Kerry and in the USA – California.
A young American woman Emma (Stana Katic) travels to a remote village in Ireland to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her best friend Kerry’s death. As her enquiries continue she begins to suspect that one of the villagers, Patrick (Darren Keefe), may have had an obsession with Kerry. She soon realizes that the village may be hiding more secrets than she thought, and she develops an obsessive belief that her friend’s death may have been no accident.
Available on DVD (2012).
“Truth Commissioner, The” (2016) (100 mins) Drama
Roger Allam, Sean McGinley, Simone Kirby, Ian McElhinney, Barry Ward.
Director: Declan Recks.
Writer: Eoin O’Callaghan.
Shot in Belfast, Derry and Dublin.
Set in a post-troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam), a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland. The story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved in the disappearance, 20 years earlier, of the 15-year-old Connor Roche. Though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now running the country; truths which none of those in power are prepared to have revealed. Everyone claims to want the truth, but what is it going to cost, and who is going to pay for it?
Irish cinema release due February, 2016.
“Tudors, The” (2007-2010) Costume Drama. (38 x 60 mins)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy and Maria Doyle Kennedy.
Creator: Michael Hirst.
Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin (Christchurch Cathedral, Drimnagh Castle, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Phoenix Park etc.); County Wicklow – Powerscourt Estate, Kilruddery House, and Ardmore Studios (Bray).
Available on DVD.
“Turning Green” (2005) (85 mins) Drama.
Timothy Hutton, Alessandro Nivola, Frank Kelly, Colm Meany, Donal Gallery and Killian Morgan.
Directors: Michael Aimette and John G.Hofmann.
Filmed in County Wicklow – Greystones, Rathdrum and Wicklow. Also in the USA – New York.
1970’s Ireland. Following the death of their mother, 16-year old James Powers (Donal Gallery) and his brother Pete (Killian Morgan) have been sent from America to live with their three aunts in a tiny, backward Irish town in the middle of nowhere. Rather than trying to fit in, James wants only to get out and make it back home to New York.
To earn money to fund his escape home, James works for Bill the Bookie (Alessandro Nivola), an affable crook whose right-hand man and enforcer, Bill the Breaker (Timothy Hutton), relishes beating up bad debtors. Their saddest client, Tom (Colm Meaney), a drunken gambler, is the closest thing to a father in James’s life
On a weekend trip to London, James discovers something. An opportunity. Using a little borrowed money from his downtrodden friend Tom – he purchases a boxful of dusty old girlie mags. And off he goes. Ireland gobbles up Naughty Yanks and Diamond Diddies by the boxful. Soon, James has enough cash to transport him and his brother back home. But just as he seems on the verge of reaching his goal, James must decide where home really is, a place or state of mind. From official site.
Available on DVD.
“Twice Shy” (1989) (96 mins) TV movie. Part of the “Dick Francis Mysteries” series.
Ian McShane, Kate McKenzie, Karl Hayden, Dearbhla Molloy, Niall Toibin, Stephen Brennan and Patrick Macnee.
Filmed in County Kildare – Curragh.
The death of a computer buff, and a schoolteacher who seems to be living beyond his means presents a mystery to David Cleveland (Ian McShane), ace investigator for the Jockey Club.
Available on VHS and on DVD as part of a box set of Dick Francis movies.
“Twice Shy” (2016) (77 mins) Road Movie
Shane Murray Corcoran, Iseult Casey, Ardal O’Hanlon, Pat Shortt.
Writer/Director: Tom Ryan.
Twice Shy is a coming of age story about a young, unmarried couple who embark on a road trip from Ireland to London, as the result of an unplanned pregnancy. While on the road they reflect on their relationship and find themselves facing life changing decisions that will change the rest of their lives. Will these choices bring them closer together or ultimately drive them apart?
Although it’s a story about young love and finding your place, some very topical issues are explored in a sensitive and non-judgmental manner.
Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 8th July, 2016.
“Two By Forsyth” (1984) (60 mins) Two short dramas.
Two short stories by “Day of the Jackal” thriller writer Freddie Forsyth, adapted by screenwriter Michael Feeney Callan.
Milo O’Shea, Gayle Hunnicutt, Patrick Bedford.
Director: Michael O’Herlihy.
Milo O’Shea stars as a stamp dealer caught up in a fraud case and scandalized by a ruthless journalist.
“A Careful Man”
Dan O’Herlihy, David Kelly, Cyril Cusack, Jim Norton, Shirley Anne Field.
Director: Morgan O’Sullivan.
Dan O’Herlihy stars as a man determined to take his wealth to the grave with him.
The films were shot on location in Counties Wicklow and Dublin.
Released on VHS – scarce!
Michael McDowell, Tim McGarry and Nuala McKeever.
Director: Stephen Butcher.
Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast and other locations in County Antrim.
Love across the barricades: RUC policeman Billy loves Emer, whose Da and brother Cal are IRA men. To Da and Cal’s fury the IRA declare a ceasefire. Does this mean they will have to welcome Billy into the family? As the wedding descends into chaos, Ma brings about peace and reconciliation by the traditional Northern Irish method – with a baseball bat.
Doesn’t appear to have been released on VHS or DVD – thankfully!