The Irish Film Collection
Collection of five classic Irish films.
In 'In the Name of the Father' (1993), Daniel Day-Lewis plays Belfast wideboy and petty crook Gerry Conlon, who, along with his father (Pete Postlethwaite) and two friends, is forced into a false confession claiming responsibility for bombing a soldiers' pub in 1974.
In 'Angela's Ashes' (1999), Alan Parker directs and co-scripts this big screen adaptation of Frank McCourt's best-selling quasi-autobiographical book. Although born in Brooklyn in 1935, Frank (Joe Breen/Ciaran Owens/Michael Legge) and his family soon return to their home town of Limerick in Ireland following the death of his baby sister. Malachy Snr. (Robert Carlyle) has difficulty finding work, and his drinking results in wife Angela (Emily Watson) falling on charity to survive. Frank manages to carve a life for himself in Limerick, eventually finding work as a coalman's assistant. However, times continue to be hard, especially after Malachy Snr. departs the marital home for good.
'Hardy Bucks: The Movie' (2012), follows the antics of five rural reprobates who head for Poland to support the Irish football team during Euro 2012. Trying to escape their dull lives in Castletown for the summer, Eddie (Martin Maloney) rallies his mates and hits the road for the Euros in a borrowed campervan. But the boys' search for the 'craic' soon turns sour when they stop off in Amsterdam and run up a hefty bill at a local strip joint. After agreeing to be drug mules in order to get out of their jam, the boys soon find themselves heading for Poland on a deadline to deliver, as they try to keep one step ahead of the law and the mobsters.
'Good Vibrations' (2012) follows the life of Northern Irish music promoter Terri Hooley, who championed the emerging Belfast punk music scene during the 1970s. Eager to shift thoughts away from those of the Troubles, music fanatic Terri (Richard Dormer) opens a record store in the heart of one of Belfast's roughest districts. As the shop gains a loyal following, Terri, operating on a shoestring, decides to start a small record label with the aim of launching some of the local bands he's discovered, notably The Undertones. In it strictly for the music, Terri's naivety in business soon causes conflict, particularly at home, but the impassioned support for the Undertones first single, 'Teenage Kicks', by Radio 1 DJ John Peel, soon helps to justify Terri's overarching vision for an alternative Ulster.
Lastly, in 'The Boxer' (1997), ex-IRA member and former boxing champion Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) comes out of prison after fourteen years and returns to his native Belfast. He falls in with his old coach, Ike (Ken Stott), and the pair open a gym together. Danny meets his old flame, Maggie (Emily Watson), and hopes to rekindle their affair until he discovers that while he was inside she married his best friend, also an IRA member and now serving time himself. As Danny and Ike's gym attracts young talent and Danny successfully resurrects his boxing career, pressure from IRA thug Harry (Gerard McSorley), an opponent of the burgeoning peace process, threatens to destroy everything they are working towards.