‘Hill Street’ and ‘The Guarantee’ Now Available on Netflix

 Hill Street directed by JJ Rolfe

The Irish skateboarding documentary Hill Street and the banking drama The Guarantee are now available to view on Netflix in Ireland and the UK.

Hill Street looks at the evolution of skateboarding culture in Dublin from the initial driving force ‘Clive’s of Hill Street’, a unique skate shop in the north inner city in the 1980’s, through to Powell Peralta ‘Bones Brigade’ Team historic demo with the legendary Tony Hawk right up to the skateboarding scene today.  The film comprises interviews with key players in both the Irish and global skate community and features rare, never-seen-before footage.

 

Meanwhile the IFTA-nominated feature The Guarantee recreates the drama surrounding the most significant political decision in modern Irish history; when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system.  Starring Peter Coonan and Gary Lydon as Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive David Drumm and Taoiseach Brian Cowen respectively, with David Murray and Morgan C. Jones also starring as Finance Minister Brian Lenihan and Anglo Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick, the film charts the origins of that pivotal decision and follows developments through the peak of the boom to the beginning of the bust.

Hill Street and The Guarantee are just the latest Wildcard titles to become available on Netflix in Ireland and the UK joining the award-winning documentary The Summit and feel good quirky comedies Life’s a Breeze starring Pat Shortt and Fionnula Flanagan, Gold starring Game of Throne’s Maisie Williams and James Nesbitt and Standby starring Jessica Paré (Mad Men) and Brian Gleeson on the platform.

The titles above are also available on iTunes and a variety of online platforms and are available to purchase on DVD on Amazon.co.uk and on the Wildcard website.

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Win ‘The Guarantee’ on DVD

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To celebrate the release of The Guarantee, we have 3 copies of the film to give away thanks to the good people at Wildcard Distribution.

The Guarantee, the much talked about feature film recreating the events that led up to the bank guarantee on 29th September 2008, is available to buy on DVD from Friday 28th November and  includes bonuses comprising of exclusive interviews with the cast, writer and director and also behind the scenes footage of the making of the film, following it from conception to production.

Starring Peter Coonan (Love/Hate), David Murray (‘Amber’), Gary Lydon (Calvary), Morgan C. Jones (‘Vikings’), and Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), The Guarantee is a fact-based drama that goes behind the scenes on the most pivotal night in recent Irish history, as the beleaguered government fights to keep the country’s banking system afloat. Their decision will ultimately shape the future of the nation for generations to come. Directed by Ian Power (The Runway) and adapted by Colin Murphy from his acclaimed stage play ‘Guaranteed!’produced by Fishamble Theatre Company, The Guarantee is a not to be missed film that explores a momentous time for contemporary Ireland with tension, humour, and intelligence.

In the corridors of government, we follow newly appointed Taoiseach Brian Cowen (Lydon) and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan (Murray) as the true extent of the cataclysm facing Ireland’s runaway banking system begins to dawn on them. Meanwhile, David Drumm (Coonan) frantically tries to get the ‘moolah’ to keep Anglo Irish Bank open, while Sean Fitzpatrick (Jones) pitches for state support. With the pressure on both sides building and time running out, the Taoiseach and his finance minister decide on a course of action which will have consequences that are still being felt today.

 

To be in with a chance of winning yourself a copy of the film, answer the following question:

Who directed The Guarantee?

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com by lunchtime Monday, 8th December when the Film Ireland Hat will  issue a blanket €440 billion guarantee of all liabilities in the Irish banking system and select the winners. Please include a postal address.

 

The Guarantee is available to buy on DVD from Friday, 28th November in retailers nationwide, including Tesco, SuperValu, HMV, Tower Records, Golden Discs and Xtravision, and can be bought online via The Guarantee movie website and on Amazon. 

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‘The Guarantee’ Released on DVD

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The Guarantee, the much talked about feature film recreating the events that led up to the bank guarantee on 29th September 2008, will be available to buy on DVD from Friday 28th November in retailers nationwide, including Tesco, SuperValu, HMV, Tower Records, Golden Discs and Xtravision, and can be bought online via The Guarantee movie website (www.theguaranteemovie.com) and on Amazon. The DVD includes bonuses comprising of exclusive interviews with the cast, writer and director and also behind the scenes footage of the making of the film, following it from conception to production.

Starring Peter Coonan (Love/Hate), David Murray (‘Amber’), Gary Lydon (Calvary), Morgan C. Jones (‘Vikings’), and Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), The Guarantee is a fact-based drama that goes behind the scenes on the most pivotal night in recent Irish history, as the beleaguered government fights to keep the country’s banking system afloat. Their decision will ultimately shape the future of the nation for generations to come. Directed by Ian Power (The Runway) and adapted by Colin Murphy from his acclaimed stage play ‘Guaranteed!’produced by Fishamble Theatre Company, The Guarantee is a not to be missed film that explores a momentous time for contemporary Ireland with tension, humour, and intelligence.

In the corridors of government, we follow newly appointed Taoiseach Brian Cowen (Lydon) and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan (Murray) as the true extent of the cataclysm facing Ireland’s runaway banking system begins to dawn on them. Meanwhile, David Drumm (Coonan) frantically tries to get the ‘moolah’ to keep Anglo Irish Bank open, while Sean Fitzpatrick (Jones) pitches for state support. With the pressure on both sides building and time running out, the Taoiseach and his finance minister decide on a course of action which will have consequences that are still being felt today.

 

The Guarantee was produced by John Kelleher Media in association with the BAI, the Irish Film Board and TV3.

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The Guarantee

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DIR: Ian Power   WRI: Colin Murphy   PRO: John Kelleher  DOP: Cian de Buitléar   ED: Vinny Beirne  DES: Ray Ball   MUS: Stefan French CAST: Peter Coonan, David Murray, Orla Fitzgerald, Gary Lydon, Morgan C. Jones, Jesse Morris

Rarely enough do we see Irish cinema aim for any type of self-reflection lacking the padding of time and thematic distance; accounts of Bloody Sunday and the Guildford Four crept onto our screens twenty years after the fact, and more recent exercises in navel-gazing have thrust more towards some sense of the Irish spirit or character without any contextual foundation in current events.

Not at all to our discredit, mind – it is simply that Ian Power’s The Guarantee is a beast of a different kind. Based on Colin Murphy’s stage play Guaranteed!, the film takes us through 2008’s banking collapse, a defining event still very much an open wound in the national psyche.

Spanning the lead-up to and events of the critical night on which the government agreed to prop up the ailing financial system, it is bold and relevant subject matter for which any Irish artist should be applauded for tackling. Even if, as in this case, it veers slightly wide of the mark.

From the outset, The Guarantee strives manfully to prop itself between the two stools of documentary and drama, but ends up heaped between the two. Talking heads and TV3 newsreel punctuate sterile, studio-shot tracking sequences and eerily back-lit press conferences. Headlines and frantic email exchanges flutter across the screen, as fleeting as any effort to ground the audience in human moments amidst a flurry of economic jargon and bankers so sinister they lack only cloven hooves and moustaches for the twirling.

The characterization is one of the more disappointing aspects – The Guarantee posits itself as a drama first, but for the notable exception of David Murray’s underplayed Finance Minister Brian Lenihan (and perhaps Gary Lydon’s underserved Taoiseach Brian Cowan), the cast largely melds into a parade of frowning suits blaring but one note.

An effort to render a political thriller in the tradition of All The President’s Men with the high-value gloss of The Social Network,  The Guarantee ultimately fails to capture the style or substance of either. It is, however, a worthy effort to open dialogue on an issue that is as incomprehensible to the general Irish public (this reviewer included) as it is all-pervading in their day-to-day lives.

 

Ruairí Moore

15A (See IFCO for details)

76 minutes

The Guarantee is released 31st October 2014

 

 

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Line-up Announced for ‘The Guarantee’ Live Panel Event

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With a week to go to the world premiere of The Guarantee, the line-up for the interactive live event on Thursday 30th October has been announced. Today FM’s Matt Cooper will be joined by businessman, broadcaster and former politician Ivan Yates, Irish Times journalist Una Mullally, The Guarantee screenwriter Colin Murphy and the film’s director Ian Power for a post screening discussion and Q&A.

The interactive event will see cinemas across the country show the feature simultaneously at 8pm which will be followed by a live satellite link-up broadcasting the post-screening discussion from Movies@Dundrum. Audiences across the country will be able to interact with the panel and pose questions through a special live Twitter feed which will be projected to each cinema.


Directed by Ian Power (The Runway) and starring Love/Hate’s Peter Coonan, David Murray (Amber), Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Morgan C. Jones (Vikings), and Gary Lydon (Calvary) the film recreates the drama surrounding the most significant political decision in modern Irish history; when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system. It charts the origins of that pivotal decision and follows developments through the peak of the boom to the beginning of the bust.


Written by Colin Murphy and based on his stage play “Guaranteed!” produced by Fishamble Theatre Company, we see Peter Coonan and Gary Lydon star as Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive David Drumm and Taoiseach Brian Cowen respectively, with David Murray, Morgan C. Jones and Orla Fitzgerald also starring as Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, Anglo Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick and civil servant Kate Walsh.

The film was produced by John Kelleher Media in association with the BAI, the Irish Film Board and TV3.

The Guarantee will be released in Irish cinemas on 30th October and will be broadcast on TV3 and released on DVD later this year.

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‘The Guarantee’ Trailer Released

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Wildcard Distribution have released the official trailer for the much anticipated feature film The Guarantee which hits Irish cinemas on Thursday, October 30th at 8pm with a unique and interactive live event hosted by broadcaster Matt Cooper.  The event, which marks the world premiere of the film, will see a satellite link-up to many cinemas nationwide with a post-screening panel discussion and Q&A live from Movies@Dundrum. Audiences across the country will be able to interact with the panel and pose questions through a special live Twitter feed which will be projected to each cinema. 

 

Directed by Ian Power (The Runway) and starring Peter Coonan (‘Love/Hate’), David Murray (‘Amber’), Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Morgan C. Jones (‘Vikings’), and Gary Lydon (Calvary) the film recreates the drama surrounding the most significant political decision in modern Irish history; when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system.  It charts the origins of that pivotal decision and follows developments through the peak of the boom to the beginning of the bust.

 

Written by Colin Murphy and based on his stage play “Guaranteed!” produced by Fishamble Theatre Company, we see Peter Coonan and Gary Lydon star as Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive David Drumm and Taoiseach Brian Cowen respectively, with David Murray, Morgan C. Jones and Orla Fitzgerald also starring as Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, Anglo Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick and civil servant Kate Walsh.

 

Produced by John Kelleher Media in association with the BAI, the Irish Film Board and TV3, The Guarantee will be released in the following Irish cinemas on 30th October with more cinemas to be confirmed:

 

DUBLIN
Movies@Dundrum (Where Live Event will be broadcast from)

Irish Film Institute
Light House Cinema

Movies@Swords
Odeon Coolock
Odeon Stillorgan

Omniplex Rathmines

 

REGIONAL

Carrick Cineplex

Cinema Killarney

Cinemax Bantry (Special Q&A with Eddie Hobbs, October 30th)

Gaiety Arklow

Gaiety Sligo

Movies@Gorey

Odeon Limerick

Odeon Waterford

Omniplex Cork

Omniplex Limerick

SGC Castlebar

SGC Dungarvan

For updates on cinema listings, please see the Wildcard Distribution website: http://www.wildcarddistribution.com/movie/guarantee

 

The cinema release will be followed by a television broadcast on TV3 and DVD release later this year.

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‘The Guarantee’ Special Live Event Screening hosted by Matt Cooper

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New Irish feature film The Guarantee starring Love/Hate’s Peter Coonan, David Murray (Amber), Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Morgan C. Jones (Vikings), and Gary Lydon (Calvary) will be hitting Irish cinemas on Thursday October 30th with a special live event to kick off the release.  The first of its kind in Ireland, the live event screening will allow cinema audiences across the country to watch the film and take part in an interactive panel discussion and Q&A hosted by Today FM’s Matt Cooper live from Movies@Dundrum.

Based on Colin Murphy’s stage play Guaranteed!, directed by Ian Power (The Runway) and produced by John Kelleher Media in association with the BAI, the Irish Film Board and TV3,  The Guarantee recreates the drama surrounding the most significant political decision in modern Irish history when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system.  It’s the first time the story has been told on the big screen and charts the origins of that pivotal decision and follows developments through the peak of the boom to the beginning of the bust.

This special live event screening will mark the world premiere of The Guarantee on Thursday, 30th October.  The cinema release will be followed by a television broadcast on TV3 and DVD release later this year.

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‘The Guarantee’ Shooting in Dublin this Week

The Guarantee director Ian Power on set with cast members Orla FitzGerald, David Murray and Morgan Jones.The Guarantee director Ian Power on set with cast members

New feature film The Guarantee, produced by John Kelleher Media in association with TV3, the Irish Film Board and the BAI is currently shooting in Dublin this week.  Wildcard Distribution will bring the feature to Irish cinemas this autumn with a broadcast on TV3 scheduled for November.

Directed by Ian Power (The Runway), the feature film recreates the drama surrounding the most significant political decision in modern Irish history when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system.  It’s the first time the story has been told on the big screen and charts the origins of that pivotal decision (four years before that fateful night), and follows developments through the peak of the boom to the beginning of the bust.

Written by Colin Murphy and based on his stage play, The Guarantee sees Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) play former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm.  He’s joined by David Murray (Amber), who co-stars as Brian Lenihan, while the roles of Kate Walsh, Sean Fitzpatrick and Brian Cowen are being played by Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Morgan Jones (Breakfast on Pluto), and Gary Lydon (Calvary) respectively.

Speaking about the production, director Ian Power said “The Guarantee is a story which covers the entire gamut of the human experience. That there is a hunger in Irish people to see a clear, unbiased version of this story I am in no doubt. I think they are owed that, and I think they will be surprised by the entertainment value of it – it’s a real roller coaster ride.  In the past months I’ve watched every member of our wonderful cast and crew come on board with a sense that this job is different, that we are doing something important and special. It’s completely inspiring.”

 

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