Competition: Win ‘The Drummer and the Keeper’ on DVD

Element Pictures Distribution have announced the DVD and ON DEMAND release of The Drummer and the Keeper on 17th November 2017

The film tells the story of Gabriel, a rock’n’roll party animal newly-diagnosed with mental health issues, and Christopher, a 17-year-old goalkeeper with Asperger Syndrome who yearns to fit in. When the young drummer is prescribed a weekly dose of therapeutic football, he’s forced into the company of the isolated Christopher who’s determined to make friends with the anarchic new arrival – whether Gabriel likes it or not. It’s a meeting that will change both their lives.

Hailed as “a small marvel with a heart the size of a whale” DVD stockists include: Supervalu, Golden Discs, Tower Records, Head, Eason, IFI, Light House, Amazon and ebuzz.ie. On demand viewing is available from: iTunes, Virgin Media, Volta, Google, BT, Vubiquity and Microsoft.

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose acclaimed short film SHOE was shortlisted for an Academy Award®, The Drummer and the Keeper was produced by Kate McColgan of Calico Pictures with support from the Irish Film Board. It stars an ensemble of Irish talent, including: Jacob McCarthy, Dermot Murphy, Charlie Kelly, Peter Coonan, Aoibhinn McGinnity and Annie Ryan.

Thanks to our friends at Element we have 3 copies of the film to give away on DVD. To be in with a chance of winning, simply email filmireland@gmail.com with The Drummer and the Keeper in the subject line before 2pm on Monday, 20th November when the Film Ireland hat will bongo out winners. Please include a postal address.

 

 

 

Nick Kelly, Writer/Director of ‘The Drummer and the Keeper’

 

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Competition: Win Cardboard Gangsters on DVD

 

 

 

Following its theatrical run in Irish cinemas, Cardboard Gangsters will be released on DVD in Ireland on October 6th 2017. The DVD release boasts an exclusive documentary ‘Shooting in the Hood: The Making of Cardboard Gangsters’ which will offer viewers an insight into the behind-the-scenes action during the making of the film.

Directed by Mark O’Connor and starring John Connors (‘Love/Hate’, King of the Travellers), Fionn Walton (Out of HereWhat Richard Did) and Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, ‘East Enders’) Cardboard Gangsters follows a group of wannabe gangsters as they attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex.  Jay Connolly (Connors) is a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer.  When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time for him and his gang to enter the big leagues. This attracts the attention of the local King Pin and sets Jay down a violent and bloody path.

The film was produced for Stalker Films and Five Knight Films in association with Filmbase and with the support of the BAI, Egg Post Production and TV3 and was distributed theatrically by Wildcard Distribution, with the DVD being distributed by Precision Pictures.

We have DVDs to give away to 5 lucky readers. To nab yourself one, simply drop an email to filmireland@gmail.com with Cardboard Gangsters in the subject line before 9th October when the Film Ireland Hat will grab a chainsaw and select 5 winners.

Please include a postal address in your email.

 

 

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Competition: Win ‘Tomato Red’ on DVD

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From Oscar® nominated director Juanita Wilson and based on the acclaimed novel by Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone), Tomato Red is released on DVD and is ON DEMAND on April 28th.

When small town drifter Sammy drives into town in search of his next cold beer and the bunch that’ll have him, he gets a lot more than he bargained for.  Food and lodging and the possibility of a better future thanks to redheaded Jamalee and her brother Jason who dream of hitting the big time.  But breaks aren’t easy to come by if you live in Venus Holler. Finding themselves powerless against the forces of corruption and prejudice, the hardest thing Sammy has to fight are the demons inside his own head.

Starring Julia Garner, Jake Weary, Nick Roux & Anna Friel, Tomato Red is an original and moving film about the struggle to get a break and our deep seated need to belong.

Thanks to our friends at Element Pictures we have 3 DVDs to giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning simply email filmireland@gmail.com with Tomato Red in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday, 2nd May when the Film Ireland hat will select a winner as it grows to 1–3 metres in height and develops a weak stem that will sprawl over the ground.

 

Tomato Red is available to own on DVD & ON DEMAND from April 28th.

 

DVD stockists include:  Amazon.co.uk, Golden Discs, Tower Records, IFI & Light House Cinema

On Demand fromiTunes, Volta, Virgin Media, Eir, BT, Sky Store, Microsoft, Sony, TalkTalk, Google Play, Wuaki TV

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Competition: Win ‘A Date For Mad Mary’ on DVD

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A Date for Mad Mary is out on DVD and On Demand on 3rd February.

A Date For Mad Mary tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget.  Back home, everything and everyone has changed.  Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour.  When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong.  Her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

Hailed by Film Ireland as “beautifully written, directed, performed and shot”, A Date For Mad Mary is a tough, tender and funny story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.

Directed by Darren Thornton, it stars Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope), Tara Lee (The Fall, Raw) and Charleigh Bailey.

Fancy nabbing your own date with Mad Mary? Thanks to our good friends at Element Pictures we have 3 copies of the film to give away on DVD. To be in with a chance of winning, email filmireland@gmail.com with A Date for Mad Mary in the subject line.

Please include a postal address. Winners will be notified by e-mail. Good luck.

 

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Video Interview: Seána Kerslake and Charleigh Bailey, A Date for Mad Mary

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Competition: Win The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years on DVD

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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is out on DVD, Blu-ray and 2 Disc Special Edition now.

In The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group’s concert performances, from their early days playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg to their unprecedented world tours in packed stadiums around the globe, from New York to Melbourne to Tokyo. Available now for pre-order, the acclaimed film will be released on Digital Download, Blu-Ray and DVD, plus 2 Disc Special Edition on both formats from 21st November, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL and Polygram Entertainment.

The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse Pictures’ Grammy Award®-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award®-winner and Emmy® Award-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

After their legendary North American television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, The Beatles transfixed the U.S. and the tremors were felt worldwide, transforming music and pop culture forever with their records and television appearances. The Beatles’ extraordinary musicianship and charisma also made them one of the greatest live bands of all time. The first feature-length documentary authorized by The Beatles since the band’s breakup in 1970, Eight Days A Week features rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, plus new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and numerous prominent observers. The film captures the exhilaration of The Beatles’ phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it eventually took on the band members, prompting them to stop touring altogether in August 1966 and devote their prodigious musical energy to the series of ground-breaking studio recordings for which they are best known today.

Featuring a wealth of specially created supplementary material totalling 100 minutes of extras, the deluxe home entertainment editions contain exclusively created featurettes for fans to delve even deeper into the band’s world. Accompanying these are stunning, fully restored full length performances of some of the band’s most iconic tracks including “Twist and Shout” and “She Loves You” recorded at the ABC Theatre, Manchester in 1963 and “Can’t Buy Me Love” at the NME Awards, 1964, in London, bringing the experience of seeing The Beatles in concert fully to life for all fans.

We have 2 DVDs to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, please email filmireland@gmail.com with “The Beatles” as the subject line.

The winners will be selected on Thurs, 1st December.

Please include a postal address.

 

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Competition: Win ‘Mom & Me’ on DVD

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Ken Wardrop’s award winning Mom & Me is released on Friday, 9th September on DVD and On Demand.

Oklahoma was recently voted the manliest state in the USA.  Radio talk show host Joe Cristiano wants to investigate if the manliest men, in the manliest state in the Union, are willing to call in and discuss their mothers on air.  Director Ken Wardrop weaves an exquisitely sympathetic portrait of what mothers’ mean to their sons in this charming and touching film, showing a vulnerable side of American masculinity that viewers rarely see.

Thanks to our fab friends at Element Pictures Distribution, we have a copy of the DVD to give away. To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:

Director Ken Wardrop’s 2009 documentary was called His & _____. 

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com by Wednesday, 14th September when the Film Ireland Hat will get all maternal and select a winner.

Please include an address in your email.

 

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Competition: Win ‘Traders’ on DVD

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Traders is released on DVD on 12th August 2016.

Traders tells the story of Harry Fox (Scott) who seems to have it all. The luxury apartment, the fancy car but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes (Bradley) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their banks accounts, sell their assets, put their entire worth in cash into a green sports bag. They travel to a remote location and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and walks away twice as rich. Vernon believes trading is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get rich quick. Can Harry resist the lure of a such a high risk gamble? It’s dangerous, it’s illegal, but it could solve all his problems.

Traders is written and directed by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy and stars Killian Scott (Love/Hate, Calvary, ’71), John Bradley (Game of Thrones, Shameless), Nika McGuigan (The Secret Scripture, Mammal), Peter O’Meara (Love/Hate, Charlie) & Barry Keoghan (’71, Mammal).

Thanks to the kind people at Element Pictures, we have 2 DVDs to give away. To grab yourself a copy, answer the following question:

Actors Killian Scott and Peter O’Meara both featured in which RTE drama?

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com by 5pm Monday, 15th August when the Film Ireland hat will meet entrants at a remote location and fight to the death. The last 2 standing will win themselves a copy of Traders on DVD.

Please include a postal address in your email.

 

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‘Brooklyn’ on Blu-ray and DVD

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A young woman must make the difficult choices that will define the rest of her life as the BAFTA and Academy Award®-nominated Brooklyn arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from February 26th.

Based on the award-winning novel by Colm Tôibín and transformed into a BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated screenplay by Nick Hornby,

Brooklyn  stars 2016 BAFTA and Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Atonement) as Eilis, a young woman who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, where she has the opportunity for work, for a future – and love, in the form of Italian-American, Tony (Emory Cohen; The Gambler, The Place Beyond The Pines).

When a family tragedy forces her to return to Ireland, she finds herself drawn back into the life she left behind. As a secret threatens to reveal itself, Eilis has to confront a terrible dilemma – a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries.

2016 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress nominee Julie Walters (Mamma Mia, Harry Potter franchise), Academy Award® Winner Jim Broadbent (TV’s London Spy, The Lady in the Van, Iris), and (Domhnall Gleeson; About Time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) also star in this beautifully told story. Surprisingly funny and yet deeply moving,

 

Brooklyn release Details

Release date: 26th February 2016

Running time:107 minutes

Cert:12

Price RRP (Blu-ray):TBC

Price RRP (DVD):TBC

 

Special Features

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DVD Review: A Doctor’s Sword

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June Butler unsheathes the DVD of A Doctor’s Sword, Gary Lennon’s documentary  about Aidan MacCarthy, an Irish doctor, who, at 28, joined the RAF in London as the 2nd World war began.

 

Ensconced in MacCarthy’s bar in Castletownbere, Co. Cork, hangs a Samurai sword with still razor sharp edges and evidence of it being a working weapon. Such blades were far more than merely a form of defence – they were used as proof of filial devotion and a sign of dynastic honour – once holding great meaning for the person who previously possessed it. Carefully contained inside the worn handle, ashes of ancient warriors lie in state. The sword is accompanied with photographic evidence of its former owner – 2nd Lieutenant Isao Kusono. On the reverse side of the image is a profound declaration of true friendship between Lieutenant Kusono and Dr Aidan MacCarthy, a survivor of the Nagaski bombing and prisoner of war,interned in two separate Japanese camps during the Second World War.

The story of Dr Aidan MacCarthy related in great detail by director Gary Lennon is one that would have even the most hardened of cynics accepting of MacCarthy’s greatness. In this poignant tale, lies the narrative of a medical doctor who truly merited the Hippocratic Oath of ‘first do no harm’ despite the many injustices he himself received.

One of ten children, MacCarthy was born in 1914 to a middle class family and attended Clongowes Wood secondary school as a border. Upon leaving Clongowes, a medical career beckoned and MacCarthy went to UCC where he graduated as a doctor in 1938. Jobs in his home town of Castletownbere were scarce so MacCarthy and a number of his classmates mooted heading to London where they might fare better. War was on the horizon and MacCarthy decided to join the armed forces – his choices lay between the RAF or the Royal Navy – an obliging dance-hall hostess flipped a coin and MacCarthy duly signed up for the RAF. He later claimed all medical checks and paperwork were done with such haste that following his enlistment, MacCarthy arrived back in the local bar before they opened their doors at eleven o clock.

What unfolds in this remarkable story is something far more than miraculous – MacCarthy was marooned for three days and nights at Dunkirk – survived and went on to receive the George Cross for bravery when his direct intervention saved the crew of a crash-landed Spitfire. He was captured in the Japanese attack on Singapore and from there, spent three arduous years in a prisoner of war camp. First in Java, later in Nagasaki. Despite horrendous abuse and torture meted out to those captured by the Japanese, MacCarthy rose above his experiences to emerge a forgiving and empathetic figure having never lost his faith in humanity nor his ability to absolve the actions of others. Of even greater inspiration is the sword that takes pride of place among MacCarthy’s possessions and how it came to be located in a small bar in rural Ireland.

Lennon deals sensitively with the issues surrounding MacCarthy’s incarceration and follows his daughter, Nicola, as she journeys to Japan in search of the history behind the sword. It is clear that this topic is one of great interest to Lennon given that no stone is left unturned in the telling of a truly amazing story. Archive radio interviews with MacCarthy were unearthed in the course of making this film and it is heart-warming to hear his rural burr and kindly tones as his story is relayed without the slightest hint of rancour.

On being asked by the interviewer what he put down his survival to, MacCarthy deftly responded saying that it was “a combination of my Irish Catholic Heritage, my family background, and lots and lots of luck”.

 

  • Directors: Gary Lennon
  • Producers: Gary Lennon Bob Jackson
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Wildcard Distribution
  • Run Time: 70.00 minutes

 

A Doctor’s Sword can be purchased on DVD in stores including Golden Discs and Tower Records, the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork and the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere and also online on Amazon and the Wildcard Distribution website.

 

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Competition: Win ‘A Doctor’s Sword’ on DVD

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The feature documentary A Doctor’s Sword is available to purchase on DVD in stores and online from today, Friday 20th November.

The film is the almost unbelievable tale of a young man from Cork who trained in UCC (Dr Aidan MacCarthy) and survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki), and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword which he brought home, and which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.

Dr Aidan MacCarthy stands as one of the most incredible survivors of World War II. He survived Dunkirk and was later captured by the Japanese in Java, he spent almost four years as a prisoner of war and was less than a mile from the epicentre of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

He was the first non-Japanese doctor to assist civilians in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and when Japan surrendered Aidan was given a Samurai sword by the camp commandant – be the reason was shrouded in mystery for almost 70 years. Aidan’s daughter Nicola travels to Japan in an attempt to discover the origin of the ancestral sword. On her journey Nicola discovers much more about her father’s incredible story and about the war from both the Allied and Japanese sides. Recreated through animation, interviews and archive with a full orchestral score, this is a story of forgiveness and humanity at its highest level.

Thanks to our friends at Wildcard Distribution we have a copy of the DVD.

To win yourself a copy of the DVD answer the following question:

Who directed A Doctor’s Sword?

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com before Monday, 30th November when the Film Ireland hat will unleash its katana and select a winner.

A Doctor’s Sword can be purchased on DVD in stores including Golden Discs and Tower Records, the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork and the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere and also online on Amazon and the Wildcard Distribution website.

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Competition: Win ‘Get Up & Go’ on DVD

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Get Up & Go starring Love/Hate’s Peter Coonan and Killian Scott is now available to purchase on DVD in stores throughout Ireland including Golden Discs, Tower Records and the Irish Film Institute as well as online on Amazon and the Wildcard Distribution website today, Friday 13th November.  It is also currently available for download across a range of digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google and Wuaki.

Written and directed by Brendan Grant, Get Up & Go sees the Love/Hate duo reunite for a slacker comedy which chronicles a hectic 24 hours in the life of would-be comedian Coilin (Scott) and frustrated musician Alex (Coonan).

When Alex’s girlfriend tells him she’s pregnant, he refuses to allow her to derail his long-held plan to escape to London. Meanwhile the hapless Coilin is striking out on stage and off, as he attempts to get his faltering comedy career off the ground and win the heart of his dream girl. With time ticking down to Alex’s departure, the mismatched pair will be forced to confront the reality of their childhood dreams of artistic greatness while their lifelong friendship is tested to the limit.

Along with Coonan and Scott Get Up & Go stars Gemma-Leah Devereux (Stitches, Dartmoor Killing), Sara Lloyd-Gregory (Doctors), Emma Eliza-Regan (Love Eternal, Darkness on the Edge of Town) and Sarah McCall (Wide Open Spaces).

Set against a backdrop of famous Dublin locations, pubs, and clubs, Get Up & Go shows a youthful and vibrant side of the city, a world of schemers and dreamers, struggling artists and musicians, all striving to make it in post-boom Ireland.

With a soundtrack that features some of Ireland’s foremost musicians including Adrian Crowley, The Villagers, and Jape, and cameos from many of the leading lights of Dublin’s alternative scene (David Kitt, Mik Pyro) Get Up & Go gives on-screen expression to the hotbed of musical talent that exists in the capital.

Thanks to the good people at Wildcard Distribution we have a copy of the DVD to give away. To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:

Who does Peter Coonan play in Love/Hate?

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com before 5pm Monday, 23rd November when the Film Ireland Hat won’t really feel like doing anything but will pick a winner.

Get Up & Go is available on DVD in stores and online and for download on iTunes, Amazon, Google and Wuaki.

 

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Competition: Win ‘Noble’ on DVD

Stephen Bradley’s award-winning Noble is available on DVD in Ireland from Friday, 6th November 2015. Winner of 2015 IFTA Best Actress category, Deirdre O’Kane takes the lead in the extraordinary and inspirational true story of one woman’s dream that changed a million lives.

Vietnam. 1989.  Fourteen years after the end of the war.
When the funny, feisty and courageous Irish-woman, Christina Noble, flies into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) she leaves behind an extraordinary life story.  But the best is yet to come. Christina lands in a country “that she wouldn’t be able to show you on a map”. With a few dollars, a dream and her own hard-won abilities, she is about to change everything, for hundreds of thousands of people. Shifting between past and present, the film concentrates on Christina’s strength of character, as she uses music and humour to pursue a seemingly impossible dream, always following her motto that “a little insane goes a long way.”

Noble is the inspirational true story of a woman who believes that it only takes one person to make a difference.  And of how she is proved right.

Thanks to the fine folk at Eclipse Pictures, we have 5 copies of Noble to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:

What was the title of Stephen Bradley’s 1998 debut film?

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com before Monday, 16th November when the Film Ireland Hat will return to 1950s Dublin and select winners. Please include a postal address.

Noble is released on DVD on Friday 6th November

Cert 15a

Running time 101 mins

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Competition: Win ‘Glassland’ on DVD

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Glassland is now available on DVD and on demand. Featuring Toni Collette, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter, Gerard Barret’s film follows a young taxi driver (Jack Reynor) who is desperately trying to save his mother (Toni Collette) from addiction and unite his broken family.

 

“These are stories that need to be told in Ireland by Irish filmmakers and Barrett is telling them with compassion, subtlety and refreshing honesty”

Read David Gorman’s review of Glassland

 

Thanks to the good folk at Element Pictures we have 3 copies of the DVD to giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question.

 

What was Gerard Barret’s debut feature called?

 

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com before 30th August, when the Film Ireland Hat will hop in a taxi and head to the Dublin Mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Glassland’ on DVD and on Demand

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Glassland will be made available on DVD and on demand from July 31. Featuring Toni Collette, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter, Gerard Barret’s film follows a young taxi driver (Jack Reynor) who is desperately trying to save his mother (Toni Collette) from addiction and unite his broken family.

 

“These are stories that need to be told in Ireland by Irish filmmakers and Barrett is telling them with compassion, subtlety and refreshing honesty”

Read David Gorman’s review of Glassland

 

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Patrick’s Day Released on DVD

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The IFTA-winning and critically acclaimed Patrick’s Day goes on DVD release tomorrow, Friday, 3rd July and will be available to purchase in stores across Ireland including HMV, Xtravision, Tesco, Heatons, Golden Discs, Tower Records and the Irish Film Institute.  It will also be available to buy online on Amazon and the Wildcard websites.

 

Written and directed by Terry McMahon, Patrick’s Day stars rising star Moe Dunford along with Kerry Fox, Catherine Walker and Philip Jackson.  It centres on a young man with mental health issues (Dunford) who becomes intimate with a flight attendant (Walker) with her own demons. When his obsessive mother (Fox) finds out she enlists a dysfunctional detective (Jackson) to separate them.

 

Patrick’s Day review

 

Interview: Terry McMahon, wri/dir ‘Patrick’s Day’

 

 

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‘Calvary’ Released on DVD

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Brendan Gleeson stars in the critically acclaimed Irish box-office smash hit Calvary – from John Michael McDonagh, the writer and director of The Guard.  On DVD & Blu-Ray in Ireland from Friday 8th Aug. 2014, cert: 15A.

 

Calvary is a wickedly dark comedy drama starring some of Ireland’s most exceptional actors including Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen and Dylan Moran. Kelly Reilly rounds off the cast in this 5 star masterpiece from John Michael McDonagh, which is one of the most critically acclaimed Irish films of recent years. Calvary was a box-office phenomenon when released in Irish cinemas earlier this year, with a gross of almost €1.6 million.

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Competition: Win ‘The Summit’ on DVD

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Nick Ryan’s gripping IFTA-nominated film The Summit is available to buy nationwide on DVD from Friday, 4th April, with over an hour of exclusive never-seen-before bonus material included on DVD.

The film, which has been nominated in the Best Feature Documentary category, chronicles one of the deadliest days in modern mountain history when 11 climbers, including Limerick man Ger McDonnell, lost their lives on the most dangerous mountain on Earth, K2. Audiences will get a chance to watch fascinating never-seen-before footage of the crews’ perilous journey to film K2 and the process of shooting the re-enactments on the DVD’s bonus materials.

The Sundance winning documentary that wowed cinema audiences last November and December is also up for another IFTA as Crowded House musician Nick Seymour has been nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on the film.

Thanks to the good people at Wildcard Distribution, we have a copy of the DVD to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:

K2 is located on the border of which two countries ?

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com by Friday, 11th April, when the Film Ireland Hat will select the winner at high altitude. The winner will be notified by email. Be sure to follow us on twitter & facebook

Wildcard Distribution releases The Summit on DVD in Irish stores including HMV, Tower Records, Golden Discs, Tesco and The Great Outdoors as well as through the Wildcard Distribution website and Amazon.co.uk from Friday, 4th April.

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Competition: Win ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ on DVD

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY 3D™, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD  

AVAILABLE 4 APRIL 2014

 

To celebrate the release of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-Ray and DVD, filmireland.net are delighted to offer five lucky readers the opportunity to win a copy of the DVD.

Adventures abound as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

This film, the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, who also produces together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett and Lawrence Makoare.
To be in with a chance of winning yourself a DVD copy of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, answer the following question:

The floor of Smaug’s Lair is covered with ___________ .

a) Dragon scales

b) Heaping piles of diamonds

c) Heaping piles of gold

d) Dragon scat

 

Email your answer, along with a postal address, to filmireland@gmail.com by Monday, 14th April, when a swarm of giant Spiders will select the lucky winners from the Film Ireland Hat. Be sure to follow Film Ireland on twitter & facebook.

 

SYNOPSIS

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all–a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself–The Dragon Smaug.

©2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit, and the names of the characters, events, items and places therein, are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.

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‘The Summit’ Released on DVD

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Nick Ryan’s gripping Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) nominated film The Summit is available to buy nationwide on DVD this Friday 4th April, with over an hour of exclusive never-seen-before bonus material included on DVD.

The film, which has been nominated in the Best Feature Documentary category, chronicles one of the deadliest days in modern mountain history when 11 climbers, including Limerick man Ger McDonnell, lost their lives on the most dangerous mountain on Earth, K2. Audiences will get a chance to watch fascinating never-seen-before footage of the crews’ perilous journey to film K2 and the process of shooting the re-enactments on the DVD’s bonus materials.

The Sundance winning documentary that wowed cinema audiences last November and December is also up for another IFTA as Crowded House musician Nick Seymour has been nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on the film.

The annual Irish Film and Television Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, 5th April at the DoubleTree Hilton on Burlington Road and will be broadcast primetime on RTÉ ONE.

Wildcard Distribution is releasing The Summit on DVD in Irish stores including HMV, Tower Records, Golden Discs, Tesco and The Great Outdoors as well as through the Wildcard Distribution website and Amazon.co.uk on Friday 4th April.

 

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‘King of the Travellers’ released on DVD

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Mark O’Connor’s King of The Travellers is now available on DVD.

The film follows John Paul Moorehouse as he falls in love with the daughter of the man he suspects killed his father.

Peter Coonan (Love/Hate), Michael Collins (Man About Dog) also star among a large ensemble of non-actors from the travelling community.

O’Connor said: ‘We made a film which I hope is entertaining for audiences, as well as being of cultural importance to the traveller community. It was a big risk casting traveller non-actors in the film, but I felt it was necessary to give the film real authenticity.’

King of The Travellers is produced by Cormac Fox and John Wallace for Vico Films, and supported by the Irish Film Board, the BAI and TV3.

 

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DVD Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec

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An industry unto himself in his native France, Luc Besson returns to the live action arena for another slice of fantasy whimsy after the animated Arthur series with The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec, a broad family-friendly adaptation of Jacques Tardi’s Franco-Belgian comic book series about an intrepid Indiana Jones-like heroine and her amazing adventures in pre-and post World War I Paris.

In what appears to be the first in a series or possible franchise, we are introduced to our fetching protagonist played by Louise Bourgoin in Egypt as she attempts to track down a mummified physician from the times of the Pharoahs needing said mummy to be brought back to life to cure her coma-induced sister. And… hang on a second! There’s plenty more story here and this all happens within the twenty minutes!

She is also being pursued by her arch nemesis Dieuleveut who is portrayed by an unrecognizable Mathieu Almaric in quasi- Gestapo garb and while in Egypt, her old codger accomplice Professor Esperandieu (Jacky Nercessian) accidentally hatches a 136 million year old Pterodactyl egg being kept in the Natural History Museum back to life with his telepathic abilities where the creature proceeds to cause some Parisian havoc. Phew!

Okay, so Besson throws us head and feet first into this world at a breathless pace without much pause or explanation for the uninitiated. Some exposition is delivered but at such a clip that it seems Besson is in a hurry to get to the films open-ended climax. I was completely uninformed about the character’s cultural importance going in so the films avoidance of the typically laborious, spoonfeeding Hollywood style was like a breath of fresh air.

Anchoring the freewheeling plot is a delightful performance from Bourgoin as the feisty Adele Blanc Sec. She displays a light touch throughout and aside from a not particularly amusing sequence in which she dons several latex disguises shows a far lighter touch than her co-stars who, when not mugging amidst Besson and Arbogasts Gilliam-esque compositions, are lumbered with ridiculous facial hair or grotesque make-up which renders them all but one dimensional cartoons.

Though, to be fair this extreme style seems intentional along with the buffoonish characterization of authority figures. Gilles Lellouche as Inspector Caponi suffers constant indignity throughout in a laborious running gag involving his unsatiated appetite for food.

Whilst sitting through this admittedly entertaining trifle, it was difficult to reconcile this mostly family-friendly excursion with Besson’s previous work – violent action melodramas such as La Femme Nikita and Leon which made his reputation. To see Besson return to more adult-oriented material and utlilize his considerable technical chops on something with a bit more meat to it may take a while though seeing that this potential franchise and the Arthur series pretty much keep his studio Europa Films afloat.

A strange, unwieldly combination of adventure, low comedy, fantasy and romance directed in a manner that suggests Spielberg colliding with Jeunet, Adele Blanc Sec is a charming, beautifully designed, often stupid but never less then enjoyable yarn; a Gallic version of old-ashioned adventure serials albeit with added nudity, satire and gags involving pterodactyl faeces.

The extras include:

  • Making of
  • Interviews with Luc Besson and Louise Bourgoin
  • In the Studio
  • Cinemoi interview with Luc Besson

Derek Mc Donnell

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec is releases on DVD & Blu-Ray on 15th August 2011

  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2011

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‘Adam & Paul’ DVD Re-Release

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The award-winning Adam & Paul is to be re-released on DVD on the 4th December 2009.

Dedicated to the memory of the late Tom Jordan Murphy (1968 – 2007), it stands as a testament to his great talent.

Since its release in 2004, Adam & Paul, a funny, downbeat, bleak and beautiful comedy, has achieved cult status among its devoted fans. Featuring brilliant performances in the lead roles, the film follows two hapless Dublin drug buddies (Mark O’Halloran and Tom Murphy) through a single day, which, like every other, is entirely devoted to the business of scrounging and robbing money for drugs.

This special edition DVD includes deleted scenes, a director and writer’s commentary, rushes and the original shooting script.

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