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“Yank, The” (2014) (89 mins) Comedy
Fred Willard, Kevin P Farley, Sean Lackey, Niki Spiridakos, Colm Meaney.
Director: Sean Lackey.
Shot on location in Cleveland, USA and Ireland – Dublin and County Clare.
The Yank tells the story of Tom Murphy, a middle-aged Cleveland bachelor. For Tom, “the perfect woman” is beautiful, hard-working, family-oriented – and (like his parents) 100 percent Irish. So when his best friend, Marty, decides to get married in Ireland, Tom’s family and friends send him off on a side splitting epic adventure. Tom does not know it yet, but he’s about to come face to face with the real Ireland!
By Sean Lackey (The Director) on IMDB.
Available on DVD.
“Year of the French, The” (1982) TV mini series – RTE/Channel 4/FR3co-production.
Bryan Murray, Jean-Claude Drouot, Keith Buckley.
Director: Michael Garvey.
Based on the book by Thomas Flanagan.
Filmed at Killala, County Mayo.
In 1798 a small force of French troops sail to Ireland to support the local rebels against the British forces under Lord Cornwallis.
“Yesterday’s Children” (2000) (93 mins) TV Drama.
Jane Seymour, Clancy Brown, Claire Bloom and Hume Cronyn.
Director: Marcus Cole.
Based on the book ‘Across Time and Death: a mother’s search for her past life children’ by Jenny Cockell.
Filmed in the USA and Ireland.
Jenny Cole (Jane Seymour) begins to have strange and vivid dreams that lead her to believe that she is the reincarnation of an Irishwoman who died during childbirth in the 1930s. She travels to Ireland and finds the now-elderly children of the woman, helping in a reconciliation between them after they were separated as children, and in assuaging the guilt of the eldest son who failed to keep his promise to his mother that he would keep the family together.
Available on DVD (2006) from Amazon – scarce and expensive.
“You Can’t Beat the Irish” (1952) (73 mins) Comedy.
Jack Warner, Barbara Mullen, Michael Dolan, Niall McGinnis, Noel Purcell and Milo O’Shea.
Aka “Talk of a Million”.
Director: John Paddy Carstairs.
Based on the novel by Louis d’Alton.
Bartley Murnahan (Jack Warner), is a likeable loafer who manages to give the impression that a large inheritance is due to his family. Bartley uses his wiliness to settle some scores and secure a future for his children, but this new-found prosperity comes at a price he may not be willing to pay!
Available on DVD (2015).
“You Looking at Me?” (2004) (74 mins)
Packy Lee, Kelly Flynn, Julie Lam,Kevin Breen.
Director: Margo Harkin.
Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast.
The film explores the narrow ground of conflicting loyalties, identities and family traditions against a backdrop of community fears, suspicions and aggression. The predictable sectarian tensions, which often bedevil romance across the Protestant-Catholic divide, are complicated in this story by the involvement of another culture in the shape of Mei’s traditional Chinese family ties. The drama looks at some of the challenges of living in Northern Ireland, such as responding to sectarianism, ethnic diversity and multiculturalism. It raises issues about the management of diversity and the promotion of an inclusive society – issues which challenge governments and communities throughout the world. Shining through all the ups and downs of this upbeat, pacy drama is the sparky humour of Belfast wisecracking – sentimental and sometimes unforgiving, yet full of warmth and humanity. The film is scored by John O’Neill of ‘The Undertones’. – Besom Productions.
Mei, a young Chinese girl finds that falling in love with Kenny a local Protestant boy is not going to be easy. Sparks fly when their relationship overlaps with that of Ciaran and Niamh from the Catholic Falls Road. Life gets complicated as they negotiate their way through cultural difference and local politics in contemporary Belfast. – Irish Film Board.
DVD available here: www.besomproductions.co.uk
“You, Me and Marley” (1992) (84 mins) Comedy. TV Screenplay: Season 7, Episode 14.
Marc O’Shea, Bronagh Gallagher and Michael Liebman.
Director: Richard Spence.
This darkly humorous drama set in Northern Ireland centre s around the Troubles, taking as its focus five Catholic youths whose lives are shaped by the violence that surrounds them.
Wart, his girlfriend Frances and their friend Marley are joyriders. The nights are filled with car thefts, insane car rides in the stolen vehicles, fights and wild parties. Their lives are self-destructive and full of violence. The only thing that means anything to them is the solidarity within the group and the next crazy exploit they can come up with.
After a meeting in which the Church and the IRA try to find a solution to the joyride epidemic, a devastating conflict flares up between the IRA representatives and the youths.
The dark nature of the film is lifted only by the youngsters slightly macabre sense of humour.
Available on DVD (2011) and on YouTube.
“Young Cassidy” (1965) (110 mins) aka “El soñador rebelde” (Spain).
Rod Taylor, Julie Christie, Edith Evans, Michael Redgrave, Flora Robson, Maggie Smith, Sian Philips, Philip O’Flynn, Jack McGowran, Pauline Delany, Donal Donnelly, T.P. McKenna, Joe Lynch.
Directors: John Ford, Jack Cardiff.
Screenplay by John Whiting.
Based upon Sean O’Casey’s autobiography, Pictures in the Hallway.
Filmed mostly on location in Dublin as well as at the MGM Studios in England.
Biographical drama based on the early life of playwright Sean O’Casey, depicting his rise from the 1910 Dublin slums to the celebrated openings of his early plays. Johnny Cassidy, an impoverished idealist whose ambitions are restricted by the demands of looking after his family, journeys through the social injustices of Dublin life – involving himself with the rowdy tramway-men strike, dawdling with prostitute Daisy Battles, seeking a better life. He falls in love with bookshop assistant Nora who encourages him toward a life of writing. Finding success at the Abbey Theatre, his unorthodox views estrange him from family, friends and his own past.
Available on DVD (Spanish) but in English – scarce!
“Young Offenders, The” (2016) (85 mins) Comedy Road Movie
Chris Walley, Alex Murphy, Hilary Rose, PJ Gallagher.
Writer/Director: Peter Foott.
Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same, and even have the same bum-fluff moustaches.
Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat-and-mouse with the bike-theft-obsessed Garda Sergeant Healy. When a drug-trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each worth €7 million, are seized, word gets out that there is a bale missing. The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip hoping to find the missing bale which they can sell so as to escape their troubled home lives…. but Sergeant Healy is in hot pursuit.
Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2016.
Available on DVD.
“Young Racers, The” (1963) (84 mins) Car Racing Drama
Roger Corman film which may have been partially shot in Ireland.
Available on DVD – Also on the Amazon streaming service – 12/1/2018.
“You Remember Ellen” (1912) (U.S.A.) (Silent) Romance
Gene Gauntier, Jack Clark.
Director: Sidney Olcott.
Title from a Thomas Moore poem.
The harsh life of a young peasant woman in Ireland is altered when she meets and falls in love with a young nobleman who is disguised as a peasant. After the two marry, they travel to a mansion where she is surprised to find that he is master and she is the lady of the estate of Rosna Hall.
Available on “The O’Kalem Collection” DVD.
“You’re Ugly Too” (2015) (78 mins) Comedy
Aidan Gillen, Lauren Kinsella, Jesse Morris, Erika Sainte and George Pistereanu.
Writer/Director: Mark Noonan.
Savage Productions supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann.
Filmed in Dublin and Offaly.
Will (Aidan Gillen) is released from prison on compassionate leave to care for his niece Stacey (Lauren Kinsella), after the death of her mother. As they both head into the sleepy Irish midlands and attempt to be a family, they suffer a series of setbacks – Stacey is refused admission to the local school because of her recently developed narcolepsy; Will repeatedly comes close to breaking his prison-ordered curfew; and his attempts at being a father figure to her prove disastrous…
Available on DVD.
“Your Highness” (2011) (102 mins) Fantasy.
Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel.
Director: David Gordon Green.
Produced by Universal Pictures.
Filmed in Northern Ireland – Ballygalley and Belfast, County Antrim; Castle Ward, Strangford, and Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, County Down; Harland and Wolff Paint Hall, Titanic-Quarter, Belfast, County Antrim.
Also County Donegal (?)
Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off…
Available on DVD.
“Your Man from Six Counties” (1976) (45 mins) Drama. “Play for Today” BBC TV series.
Paul Antrim, Elizabeth Begley, Brenda Fricker, Donal McCann, Colin Welland and Bob Carlile.
Director: Barry Davis. Written by Colin Welland.
When his father becomes the latest bomb victim, after a bomb is planted in his pub, young Jimmy leaves Belfast to go and begin a new life on his uncle’s farm in the remote west of Ireland. But even here there are links with the past and Jimmy’s new start is soon under threat.
Does not appear to be available.