I once held the conceit that Maureen O'Hara was my mother. So it came as both a surprise and a delight to come across a picture of the deservedly famous Irish redhead standing alongside my father.
In the photo above, Dad is standing,…Continue
The Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival (SCIFF) kicks off its inaugural festival, June 22- 24th, at the Everson Museum of Art, located at 401…Continue
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There’s a saying we have in Ireland that you’d nearly think was coined for Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn. Namely, if you’ve the name of getting up early in the morning you can lie…Continue
When the actor Arthur Shields strode towards the Abbey Theatre on Easter Monday, 1916, it was with one intent -- not to rehearse or act in a play, but to collect his rifle and take part in the greater drama that was about to shake the streets of Dublin.
Pictured, Arthur Shields
The West, the American West, is the place in our souls where romance and reality meet head-on. Ironically it is also the place where reality and romance have always met head-on. Ever since “the West” was that…Continue
The film "Spotlight" was recently released, based on the true story of the Boston Globe’s investigation of the Boston Archdiocese’s willful coverup of child molestation and abuse. The reviews have been, like the movie itself, scattered.
This is, without a…Continue
There is a moment in "Brooklyn" -- the recently released 1950s period semi-romance -- when one naive and worried young Irishwoman turns to a slightly less naive and worried young Irishwoman and asks her what America will be like. The response is heartfelt,…Continue
RIP Maureen O'Hara
Added by John W. Hurley on October 25, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
No matter how good a cupcake is, when you are expecting a full dessert, it can be disappointing.
Which was my reaction on seeing the award-winning (very) short film "Spiorad na Samhna -- Spirit of Samhain," advertised as exploring “the origins of Halloween in Ireland.” By…Continue
During the Beth Israel Judea screening, we will show a short sneak preview clip from "The Long…Continue
The following Q&A with award-winning composer George Fenton is part of Sixteen Films' Production Notes for its biopic "Jimmy's Hall," largely filmed in the story's actual settings in County Leitrim. Fenton has composed music…
Added by The Wild Geese on September 25, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
The following Q&A with County Clare-born actor Kirby Simone (Oonagh) in Sixteen Films' biopic "Jimmy's Hall") is part of the studio's Production Notes for the film, shot…Continue
One could argue that freelance photographer Joss Barratt has done as much to inform movie goers about Ken Loach’s past 20 years of work as the noted British filmmaker himself. Barratt’s photography is seen far and wide, perhaps by millions, across newspapers, magazines, on movie house walls and windows, and across the Internet, by far more people than ever get around to seeing Loach’s provocative and…Continue
Added by Gerry Regan on September 3, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments
As I watched Ken Loach's newest film, “Jimmy’s Hall,” I was struck by how, as had also been true in “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” Paul Laverty’s writing and Loach’s directing of that writing is free of pretension.
Loach (pictured, foreground) doesn’t need…Continue
Added by Joe Gannon on August 20, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The following Q&A with Sixteen Films Director Ken Loach, in two parts, is part of Sixteen Films' Production Notes for its biopic "Jimmy's Hall." The notes, assembled for the produceers by Benji Wilson, were presented to the entertainment…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on August 14, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
In the following three-part series, Sixteen Films' screenwriter Paul Laverty writes about the genesis of "Jimmy's Hall." His observations were first published in Sixteen Films' Production Notes, and are reproduced here with permission. Production Photos…Continue
In the following three-part series, Sixteen Films' screenwriter Paul Laverty writes about the genesis of "Jimmy's Hall." His observations were first published in Sixteen Films' Production Notes, and are reproduced here with permission. Production Photos see…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on July 31, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments
New York -- Dozens of individuals filled the terrace at the Irish Consul General's quarters in Manhattan's East Side on May 28 to learn more about "The Rising," a film project led by film producer Kevin McCann, head of Ireland-based Maccana Teoranta. Irish Consul General Barbara…Continue
Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:40pm — No Comments