Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!
For the occasion, we decided to compile a list of Irish film we suggest you see ASAP!
As always, for trailers click on the title of each movie.
Directed by: John Crowley
Based on the novel: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Starring amongst others: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson
The first movie where Saoirse Ronan talks in her true accent (in case you had not already realised it from her extraordinary name, she is Irish) this moving and romantic film will surely warm your heart. Nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, and winning the BAFTA Award for Best British Film of the year, Brooklyn is a story of change, choice, family relations and the sacrifices one makes for love. Love, not only for a handsome Italian, but for yourself, for your roots, for your family and for a new country. Now, more than ever, everyone should give this story of an ‘alien in New York’ a try.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Based on the novel: Proved Innocent by Gerry Conlon
Starring amongst others: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson and Pete Postlethwaite
‘In the Name of the Father’ tells the powerful autobiographical story of Gerry Conlon and the ‘The Guildford Four.’ Falsely accused by the British police for bombing a pub in Guildford, England, in 1974, Conlon and three others were wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment, only to be acquitted when their innocence was finally proven. Presented with dramatic details and with a bitter but acute tone, this film shows the obsession of the British police during the 70’s with an incesent need to convict the IRA bombers that they seized merely based on inadequate and feeble hearsay evidence. Receiving seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Picture, ‘In the Name of the Father’ is a story about loyalty, truth and justice that should belong in the movie list of everyone.
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Directed by: Richard LaGravenese
Based on the novel: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Starring amongst others: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler and Lisa Kudrow
Is it really a film about Ireland if Gerard Butler does not star in it? Oh, he is Scottish, isn’t he? Okay, then… Whether Butler is Irish or not, this romantic drama presents the scenery of Ireland in an irresistible and beautiful manner. Based on the equally moving and captivating novel by Cecelia Ahern, ‘P.S. I Love You’ tells the story of Holly and Gerry a young couple living in Manhattan trying to balance their love for each other against everyday worries. Gerry, a passionate and full of life Irishman will magnetise you with his character while you will take a wonderful trip to Ireland no matter where you live. Warning: you will need some tissues and a hug after watching. But it’s worth it.
In America (2002)
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Screenplay by: Jim Sheridan
Starring amongst others: Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine and Djimon Hounsou
This semi-autobiographical screenplay by Jim Sheridan and his two daughters, Naomi and Kirsten tells the story of an immigrant Irish family and their struggles upon starting a new life in New York City. Seen through the eyes of the family’s elder daughter, Christy, the Sullivan’s tries to adapt to changes and the American life, deal with their difficult past and find a way to move forward. Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, ‘In America’ is a touching and entrancing story of belonging, accepting and caring that everyone should see.
Leap Year (2010)
Directed by: Anand Tucker
Screenplay by: Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan
Starring amongst others: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode and Adam Scott
While Amy Adams’s red hair do not point to an Irish heritage, this funny and spellbinding film will surely make you wish you could travel to this colourful island. In ‘Leap Year,’ the relationship of young Anna Brady, a focused and driven real estate agent with her boyfriend Jeremy Sloane, a career cardiologist, takes an intricate turn when Anna decides to travel to Ireland and propose to him on Leap Day. Find out what’s so important about February 29 for Irish couples, smile with a naive and ignorant American trying to navigate her way in a small village outside Dublin and bare winters to the growing romance between Amy Adams as headstrong Anna and Matthew Goode as witty Declan O’Callaghan (so Irish!)
Make sure you wear something extra green today, hear a couple of U2 songs and have a few beers on us too! But don’t get ‘F*cked Off Yer Head’!