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Irish Films

by Kim Packard
Created on March 18, 2013 Just a few Irish films I’ve watched so far… Kevin Cullen’s St. Patrick’s Day Picks Kevin Cullen says: Steve McQueen’s meditation on the 1981 republican hunger strikes, “Hunger,” and Michael Fassbender’s haunting portrayal of Bobby Sands (left) makes this the best film done on the subject. Fassbender starved himself like Sands, and it is painful to watch his emaciated body waste away. The Guard (2011) pits Don Cheadle (left) as an FBI agent investigating drug-smuggling with an Irish cop, played by Brendan Gleeson. The Magdalene Sisters (2002) stars Nora-Jane Noone (left) as the coy Bernadette, one of four girls… Read more

Created on March 18, 2013

Just a few Irish films I’ve watched so far…

Kevin Cullen’s St. Patrick’s Day Picks Kevin Cullen says: Steve McQueen’s meditation on the 1981 republican hunger strikes, “Hunger,” and Michael Fassbender’s haunting portrayal of Bobby Sands (left) makes this the best film done on the subject. Fassbender starved himself like Sands, and it is painful to watch his emaciated body waste away. The Guard (2011) pits Don Cheadle (left) as an FBI agent investigating drug-smuggling with an Irish cop, played by Brendan Gleeson. The Magdalene Sisters (2002) stars Nora-Jane Noone (left) as the coy Bernadette, one of four girls who are considered to be “sinners” and have been sent to Magdalene Asylums so that they can find redemption. Also in this category: “The Field” (1990), “Tristan + Isolde” (2006), and “Veronica Guerin” (2003). Etc.

The Irish Film industry has grown rapidly in recent years thanks largely to the promotion of the sector by Bord Scannán na hÉireann (The Irish Film Board) and the introduction of generous tax breaks. Some of the most successful Irish films included Intermission (2001), Man About Dog (2004), Michael Collins (1996), Angela’s Ashes (1999), My Left Foot (1989), The Crying Game (1992), In the Name of the Father (1994) and The Commitments (1991). The most successful Irish film directors are Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. Irish actors include Richard Harris, Peter O’ Toole, Maureen O’Hara, Michael Gambon, Colm Meaney, Gabriel Byrne, Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cillian Murphy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender and Colin Farrell. Ireland has also proved a popular location for shooting films with The Quiet Man (1952), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Braveheart (1995), King Arthur (2004) and P.S. I Love You (2007) all being shot in Ireland. (excerpted from Wikipedia Culture of Ireland )

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