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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Michael Flatley in BLACKBIRD

 

Michael Flatley has urged young people to “go for it” as he spoke about his motivation for making his debut feature film, saying people had told him it was “impossible”. The dancer and choreographer, 64, has written, directed and also stars in the spy thriller BLACKBIRD, in which he plays former MI6 operative Victor Blackley who is drawn back into a world of espionage he left behind. The film screened at the Monaco Streaming Film Festival last year, where Flatley picked up the best actor award.

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Harland in THE BALLAD OF RENEGADE NELL

Derry Girl Louisa Harland will star in an upcoming Disney+ series, THE BALLAD OF RENEGADE NELL. Harland’s character “ends up on an extraordinary adventure after she is framed for murder – a twist of fate that has far bigger consequences than Nell could ever dream of,” the outlet states. The series follows Nell, an 18th century young woman, as she finds herself “unwittingly becoming the most famous highwaywoman in the country.”

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Best movies set in Ireland

Ireland has been the setting for many magical movies throughout the years. From classics such as IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER and THE COMMITMENTS, to quirky hidden gems like FRANK, to the undeniable charm of THE GUARD and THE SECRET OF KELLS, Ireland has formed the beautiful background. Our pick is FRANK, starring Michael Fassbender with a big fake head over his head.

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Saoirse Ronan’s essential performances

Since her breakout role in 2007, Saoirse Ronan has been one of the most exciting talents in Hollywood, giving impeccable performances from action movies to period dramas. At 28 years old, she’s worked with some of Hollywood’s best directors; she’s been on rotation working with Joe Wright, Greta Gerwig, and Wes Anderson. In an interview with The Irish Sun in 2017, Ryan Gosling recalled working with the actress during his feature directorial debut, Lost River, praising her as “Meryl (Streep) reborn;” Ronan would later go on to work with the legendary actress, Meryl Streep, in Gerwig’s adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN.

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Liam Neeson on MICHAEL COLLINS

In a cover story at the time, Hot Press spoke to Liam Neeson about MICHAEL COLLINS. No Irish film in years had been more eagerly anticipated, nor more fiercely debated, than Neil Jordan’s biopic. To mark the centenary of the death of the Irish revolutionary hero, the interview has been re-published, and provides a completely fascinating – and illuminating exchange.

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Daryl McCormack is on the rise

The Irish actor’s performance as a sympathetic sex worker in GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE this summer “has definitely opened up doors for me,” he said. Next up is the Apple TV+ series BAD SISTERS. McCormack grew up in Nenagh, in County Tipperary, the son of a white Irish mother and a Black American father he rarely saw. But his paternal grandfather, Percy Thomas, who runs a theater company in Maryland, helped fill that void.

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Mescal in GOD’S CREATURES

A24 has released the first official trailer for its upcoming psychological thriller GOD’S CREATURES starring Paul Mescal and Emily Watson. The film, which debuted in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, is directed by Saela Davis & Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits). Set in a windswept fishing village, the film follows a mother who is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic. Irish actress Aisling Franciosi also stars.

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HOLE IN THE HEAD review

Greystones filmmaker Dean Kavanagh made his cinema debut with his first narrative feature, HOLE IN THE HEAD, at the Irish Film Institute on Friday, August 12. The experimental director used the ongoing pandemic and repeated lockdowns of years past to both create and film his piece, using the natural landscape of Wicklow as one of many backdrops to his story.

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