Sarah Greene to be Honoured with Oscar Wilde Award

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Irish actress Sarah Greene will join James Corden and Snow Patrol as an honoree of the US-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards on 25 February 2016. J.J. Abrams will emcee the event, which will be held at his Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica. Irish singer Róisín O will also perform.

Greene was nominated in 2014 for both a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play and a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role when she starred, in the West End and on Broadway, opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Martin McDonagh’s play, The Cripple of Inishmann.

Born in Cork, Ireland, Greene portrayed a young Christina Noble in Stephen Bradley’s film NOBLE, for which she received rising star and best supporting role accolades at the 2015 Irish Film & Television Awards. Her recent film credits include BURNT and THE GUARD. She may currently be seen in the John Logan television series Penny Dreadful. Her new television show Rebellion is due for release on Sundance in the U.S. later this year. US-Ireland Alliance founder Trina Vargo said, “Several years ago we honored Saoirse Ronan when she was maybe not quite household name, but it was obvious she would be. Sarah is in a similar position where all I can say is watch this space! She already has an impressive career in theater and television in Ireland and the UK and she is now deservedly being noticed in the US.”

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Noble

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DIR/WRI: Stephen Bradley  PRO: Stephen Bradley, Melanie Gore-Grimes DOP: Trevor Forrest ED: Mags Arnold DES: Cristina Casali MUS: Ben Foster, Giles Martin CAST: Deirdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Gloria Cramer Curtis, Brendan Coyle

Noble is the eponymous biopic of acclaimed charity worker Christina Noble who set up the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. Written and directed by Stephen Bradley, Noble‘s story is one of a woman, who nurtured a desire to change the world, a woman whose ambition was endless and whose love was relentless. Fuelled by anguish and hostility with the world around her Noble sets out to reshape it as best she can.

The film is a breathtaking cultural panorama which gets to the roots of Christina Noble, charity worker extraordinaire and all round do-gooder. Structurally the film bears an obvious parallel with My Left Foot as it interweaves between the present and the past, giving  a clear sense of the environment which shaped Noble into such an ambitious and charitable individual. While Noble offers a striking sense of fascination with human potential I can’t help but feel that the human connection wanes somewhat in the scale and scope of the project. Ultimately though, the film is a great example of endearing and compassionate filmmaking.

Deirdre O Kane gives a striking sense of credibility and depth to Noble. The film employs a breadth of acting talent who give memorable performances with appearances from the likes of Brendan Coyle, Liam Cunningham, Ruth Neega, Nhu Quynh and Sarah Greene. The overall production value is exceptionally high, the deft use of camera and lighting compliments and the complex production design elevates the storytelling.

Michael Stephen Lee

15A (See IFCO for details)

101 minutes

Noble is released 19th September 2014

Noble – Official Website

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Cinema Review: My Brothers

DIR: Paul Fraser • WRI: Will Collins • PRO: Rebecca O’Flanagan, Robert Walpole • DOP: P.J. Dillon • ED: Emer Reynolds • DES: Mark Geraghty • CAST: Timmy Creed, Paul Courtney, Kate Ashfield, Sarah Greene

My Brothers is the directorial debut feature of established screenwriter Paul Fraser, best known for his collaborations with Shane Meadows. Set in Cork around Halloween 1987, the film focuses on Noel (Timothy Creed), a seventeen year-old whose father (Don Wycherley) is dying from a disease that has left him bedbound and confused. Alongside domestic concerns, Noel has school and a part time delivery job with a bakery to worry about, and he’s becoming increasingly unsatisfied with his lot in life. One day, he borrows his father’s beloved Casio watch, which is soon destroyed in an unfortunate incident involving the school bully and a hurley. Desperate, Noel decides to embark on an epic but secretive trip to Ballybunion (where the watch was initially won in a seaside crane game) in a ‘borrowed’ bread truck to replace his father’s prized possession. Necessity dictates that he brings his two younger brothers Paudie (Paul Courtney) and Scwally (T.J. Griffin) along for the ride, and that inevitably brings complications…

Comparisons are unavoidable: although scripted by first-time writer Will Collins, My Brothers shares many similarities with the filmography of Fraser’s better-known collaborator. A modern period setting. The naturalistic, unpretentious delivery. Social realist leanings and a deep affection for working class families. Youngsters dealing with situations well outside their maturity range. While much of this hits the mark, My Brothers lacks the unique perspective that has allowed the best of Meadows’ films to stand out from the crowd.

The road trip movie at My Brothers’ core is mildly diverting, but rarely feels vital or particularly original. The interactions between the three brothers are handled with care and affection, but they’re neither funny nor dramatic enough to truly leap off the screen. The performances are good – Courtney particularly achieves a lot with a role that could easily have drifted towards stereotyping – but the characters feel somewhat underwritten. Noel particularly comes across as inconsistently realised (although one could argue that’s appropriate for a directionless seventeen year-old), while some of the minor characters are massively underused over the very lean running time. The plot itself is contrived, with few of the complications experienced by the siblings proving particularly surprising or insightful. The road trip structure has regularly been the foundation for great cinema, yet My Brothers struggles to match the humour or pathos of the best the ‘genre’ has to offer.

There are things to like, though. P.J. Dillon – the current star of Irish cinematography – does a great job with sometimes aesthetically limited locations, especially during a very impressive sequence involving sparklers. There’s a very, shall we say, ‘memorable’ performance from Charlie Casanova director Terry McMahon, whose brief appearance provides a genuine sense of threat and darkness. While there are few surprises in the delivery, the final act provides some satisfying character moments and catharsis.

My Brothers isn’t a bad film, but there’s a lack of ambition and character that undermines its moderate successes. Even the 1987 setting suffers through a series of careless anachronisms – it’s unreasonable to expect perfect period detail in a film of this low budget, but obvious cameo appearances from modern Tayto and contemporary arcade games are distracting. My Brothers is accessible and mostly harmless, that’s for sure, and could very well resonate with a wider audience. Indeed, Fraser’s modest ambitions and simple, unshowy delivery may be seen as positives by many viewers. But this one struggles to recommend it as anything other than merely decent.

Stephen McNeice

Rated 15A (see IFCO website for details)
87 mins
My Brothers is released on 17th August 2012

 

My Brothers director Paul Fraser talks to Amanda Spencer

Issue 133 Summer 2010 Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild: Will Collins on My Brothers

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