This summer I’ve been working on a feature script about a disabled girl. After I completed the treatment, I rewatched Jim Sheridan’s “My Left Foot”, hoping for some inspiration.
About the same time, I was alerted to a trailer for Neil Jordan’s latest “Ondine”. I’m guessing some of you might have noticed my love for this picture, not least of which is because I felt a certain affinity for Jordan’s characterization of Annie, the disabled daughter. (Not a saint; which is nice for a change.)
All this besides, it occured to me that both of these films were Irish productions. Further extending the coincedences I took my friend’s advice and watched Alan Parker’s “The Commitments”.
I randomly found a copy of “A Neil Jordan Reader” which contains his short story collection “A Night in Tunisia” and his novella “The Dream of a Beast”, and I figured I’d start reading some Joyce. (“Dubliners” first).
If you chose to skip the exposition to get to the question: What are some other essential Irish films?
McQueen’s Hunger for one.
Also, The Quiet Man isn’t bad.
In Bruges had two Irish protagonists, right?
And since you mentioned In Bruges, I take back that part about your cunt fucking kids.
This thread is FULL of alcoves.
“You’re an inanimate fucking object!”
I second Once. I also recommend In the Name of the Father, The Wind That Shakes the Barley and The Secret of Kells (nominated for the Animated Oscar last year).
Adam & Paul.
Anyway, you can find a good thread ’bout Irish films here: IRISH FILM
The Field (1990)
This Sporting Life (1963)
The Run of the Country (1991)
Just saw “Hunger”, Quite a great film.