THE WONDER on Netflix Nov 16

THE WONDER, Netflix’s upcoming film which is set in the Irish Midlands in 1862, will be released on the streaming platform on November 16. The psychological thriller, which is an adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel of the same name, with a cast that includes Florence Pugh, Ciarán Hinds, Niamh Algar, Brían F O’Byrne, Elaine Cassidy and her daughter, Kíla Lord Cassidy, has Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria) behind the lens.

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Gleeson to host SNL

Award-winning Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is to host the iconic US TV comedy show SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE next month. The 67-year-old Dublin-born star, who is an Emmy award winner, will make his SNL debut on October 8. The show, which will be the second of its 48th season, will see Gleeson joined by Willow, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who will make her debut as musical guest.

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Dunford in THE DRY

The Irish relationship with alcohol is explored in THE DRY, a wickedly dark, funny and revealing new series centred around one colourful Irish family. Moe Dunford, who signed up after reading dramatist Nancy Harris’s witty, pithy script has stated “One of the most honest, truest pieces of writing I’ve seen come out of Ireland”.

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AN CAILÍN CIÚIN seals U.S distribution

The hit Irish-language drama AN CAILÍN CIÚIN (THE QUIET GIRL) has secured North American distribution as it continues its push to make the shortlist for Best International Feature Film at next year’s Oscars. Last month, the Colm Bairéad-directed coming-of-age story was selected by the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) as Ireland’s entry for the Best International Feature Film race at the 2023 Academy Awards.

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Farrell wins best actor at Venice

Colin Farrell has won best actor at the 79th Venice International Film Festival for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN. McDonagh took best screenplay for a film that received rave reviews and tumultuous ovations following its premiere early last week. Farrell must now be in a strong position to secure his first Academy Award nomination. Gleeson is also likely to compete — either in best actor or in best supporting actor. The two men reunite with McDonagh for the first time since working together on the much-admired IN BRUGES 14 years ago.

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Saoirse Ronan in SEE HOW THEY RUN

In SEE HOW THEY RUN, the Irish actor, best known for bringing Jo March to life in Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN, plays an ambitious police officer paired with seasoned, yet unorthodox, detective (Sam Rockwell), in a ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery comedy where the scene of the crime is a theatre. The production, directed by THIS COUNTRY‘s Tom George, has a very impressive cast, hence Ronan’s struggle to pick the correct co-star in answer to our trivia questions. Joining Ronan and Rockwell are David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson, Adrien Brody, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Reece Shearsmith and Harris Dickinson.

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Neeson in MARLOWE

For his 100th film, Irish legend Liam Neeson is set to star in Oscar-winning director Neil Jordan’s upcoming noir thriller MARLOWE. Recently acquired by Open Road Films, this gripping period piece boasts a stacked cast of stars embroiled in a 1930’s mystery of unexpected twists, and with Neeson involved, it’s fair to expect a heart-pounding shoot-out and brooding intensity. With its acquisition, MARLOWE sets its theatrical wide release for this December.

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Farrell’s Venice triumph

Colin Farrell received an approximate 13-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival premiere of THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN. The 46-year-old Irish actor reunites with Brendan Gleeson and director Martin McDonagh in the forthcoming drama about two men whose life-long friendship is abruptly ended. When Farrell’s Pádraic sets out to repair the damaged relationship, Gleeson’s Colm delivers a shocking ultimatum.

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John Michael McDonagh’s THE FORGIVEN

THE FORGIVEN is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, whose debut feature was the glorious THE GUARD in 2011. The film follows David and Jo Henninger (Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain, respectively), a self-aggrandising husband and wife spending the weekend at their friend’s mansion in Morocco. After striking down a local boy with their car, the movie follows the effect the incident has on both the visitors and the locals. Things get more complicated when the father of the boy wishes for David to come with him to bury his son.

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DERRY GIRLS S3 release date

 

DERRY GIRLS returns to Netflix on October 7. Netflix’s official Twitter posted a tweet stating it was hard to say goodbye to the show, saying the “final season of our beloved Derry Girls arrives October 7 on Netflix (outside The UK & Ireland).” Last fall, creator and writer Lisa McGee confirmed on Twitter the third season would be the last, and that it was always the plan to have the show end after three seasons. “Derry Girls is a coming of age story…a love letter to the place I come from and the people who shaped me,” McGee said, also commenting it was an honor to write the show, and she was proud of what it had accomplished and achieved.

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