FROM AILES TO POWER Academy Award winner Russell Crowe was most recently seen on the Showtime political drama The Loudest Voice, about TV kingmaker Roger Ailes and the rise of Fox News. Now, instead of a character who enrages American Democrats, Crowe is headed home to play an Irishman who enrages Australian authorities. Crowe is slatedRead more..
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An acclaimed Australian actress known for tackling tough parts, Cate Blanchett takes on her first Irish role in Veronica Guerin. Smart, provocative and down-to-earth, Blanchett spoke to Louise Carroll just before the movie’s U.S. release. ℘℘℘ Cate Blanchett has played a range of characters in her career including the Queen of England, the elf queenRead more..
A film on Ireland’s Jewish community. ℘℘℘ Shalom Ireland, a one-hour documentary about Ireland’s remarkable yet little known Jewish community, had its U.S. premiere at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in July. Produced, directed and written by Valerie Lapin Ganley, the film was inspired by her discovery that her Lithuanian great-grandparents were the firstRead more..
Veronica Guerin captivates the viewer largely due to the fantastic performance by Cate Blanchett as Irish crime reporter Veronica Guerin and her intriguing story. It succeeds as a stylish thriller and depicts a very authentic portrait of gangland Dublin in the 1990s. But the movie is ultimately an action-packed flick, and therefore does not reachRead more..
At the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in May, two Irish movies quickly sold out: Jim Sheridan’s In America and Aidan Quinn’s Song for a Raggy Boy. Sheridan’s movie, based on his own experience as a recently arrived immigrant to New York, left not a dry eye in the house. Release date isRead more..
Irish writer/producer Steven Benedict shared first place at the Beverly Hills Film Festival for his short film The Last. The movie stars David Kelly, famous for his role in Waking Ned Divine, as a shoemaker facing eviction as he finishes his last pair of shoes. Shot in Wicklow, the film also won Best Irish Short Film atRead more..
A disturbing movie by Peter Mullan on what happened to the “wayward” women of Ireland. ℘℘℘ Peter Mullan’s The Magdalene Sisters opens ironically with a wedding scene. But it is not a happy occasion. Margaret is lured by her cousin Kevin to an upstairs room where he rapes her. Kevin is chastised, but it isRead more..
Recently we’ve seen hot young Dubliner Colin Farrell starring alongside Tom Cruise in Minority Report. Then there’s Belfast’s own Ciaran Hinds appearing in not one but two summer blockbusters. There’s former Irish TV star Victoria Smurfit falling for Hugh Grant in About a Boy. And there’s Cork-born theater legend Fiona Shaw falling for…Mira Sorvino? DressedRead more..
Hyping up Wilde in Earnest won’t win Parker and Oscars. ℘℘℘ “Life is too important to be taken seriously,” Oscar Wilde observed. He demonstrated that principle most dazzlingly in The Importance of Being Earnest, his 1895 play satirizing, among other things, the uselessness of British upper-class twits, the hypocrisy of would-be moral arbiters, the shallowness ofRead more..
The epochal “Bloody Sunday” — the massacre of thirteen unarmed Londonderry civilians by the British Army on January 30, 1972 — is the stuff from which great drama could be drawn. The stories of the individuals caught up in the violence, the political machinations behind the scenes, the obscuring fog of lies and propaganda, andRead more..