Jessie Buckley in WOMEN TALKING

Jessie Buckley

When Jessie Buckley first read Sarah Polley’s script for WOMEN TALKING, it bothered her. There they were, a bunch of women sitting in a barn in the back-blocks of Canada, talking about what they were going to do with their lives: they wouldn’t let her go. “There was so much unknown within it, which was the best part of it, because it kept nagging me,” she says. “Even after I’d read the original book and met Sarah, it was something that kept just returning. I was like, ‘Get out! Get out of my head!’”

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Murphy in OPPENHEIMER

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy will play the father of the hydrogen bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer. A man who, despite inventing the deadly weapon, wanted to place International controls on his dangerous invention, post-Hiroshima. Director Christopher Nolan is currently in post on the film. Filming had started on February 21 and ended on May 22 with a cast that includes Murphy, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh. Rami Malek and Robert Downey Jr.

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Scorsese loves DERRY GIRLS

Martin Scorsese

Legendary film director Martin Scorsese has revealed he is a fan of the popular Irish TV show DERRY GIRLS. The Hollywood legend, 80, made the revelation while speaking at The Economic Club of Chicago annual black tie dinner last month. He was asked what TV show he was currently watching before he told the packed room that he is currently watching the Channel 4 sitcom.

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Fassbender on HUNGER

Michael Fassbender

Actor Michael Fassbender has described his portrayal of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands as the performance “closest to my heart out of all the work I have done”. The directional debut of future Oscar-winner Steve McQueen, the 2008 film HUNGER was a drama about the 1981 hunger strike by republican prisoners in the Maze prison. It won a host of international awards, including the prestigious Caméra d’Or award for first-time filmmakers and the Sydney Film Prize.

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NORTH CIRCULAR doc

North Circular documentary

NORTH CIRCULAR is a documentary musical that travels the length of Dublin’s North Circular Road, from the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port, exploring the history, music and streetscapes of a street that links some of the country’s most beloved and infamous places. The film also includes musical performances from artists local to the North Circular, including Lisa O’Neill, John Francis Flynn, Séan Ó Túama, Eoghan O’Ceannabháin, Ian Lynch & Gemma Dunleavy.

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Mescal and Scott in STRANGERS

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal are going to play lovers in the upcoming film STRANGERS. And it sounds like this will not be your typical queer drama—it’s part surreal ghost story, part existential mystery, and part steamy romance. According to Variety, the film is being helmed by director Andrew Haigh, creator of Looking and queer indie darling Weekend. The plot is loosely adapted from Taichi Yamada’s 1987 novel of the same name, which follows a Tokyo TV writer’s encounter with the ghosts of his parents.

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Ciaran Hinds joins THE FAMILY PLAN

Ciaran Hinds

Written by David Coggeshall, THE FAMILY PLAN tells the story of a suburban dad who must take his family on the run when his past catches up with him. Hinds is coming off his Oscar-nominated performance in Kenneth Branagh’s BELFAST. The film also stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Monaghan. Simon Cellan Jones, who recently collaborated with Wahlberg on ARTHUR THE KING, will direct.

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AFTERSUN review

Aftersun

Charlotte Wells’ moving debut feature AFTERSUN details a father-daughter vacation at a cheap resort in Turkey. There’s something unknowable about Calum (Paul Mescal), and maybe this is because Sophie (Frankie Corio) is a child, and he’s her dad, and she’s just about coming to the age where she’s separating herself and becoming her own person. As both a gorgeous ode to the faultlines of memory in family life, and a single, heartbreaking portrait of a father and daughter set to prematurely part ways on a number of levels, AFTERSUN is a genuinely standout feature debut.

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AISHA trailer released

Aisha

A new film about Ireland’s direct provision system starring Black Panther’s Letitia Wright is set for release this week. Filmmaker Frank Berry got the idea for AISHA while making an entirely different project back in 2017. The Dubliner was researching Michael Inside, a film about Irish prison life, when he discovered that the Department of Justice also ran Ireland’s immigration system. Five years on, AISHA will be released in cinemas and on Sky Cinema on Thursday, 17 November.

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