A Baker’s Dozen: New Irish Films to See in 2013

This year promises to be an exciting one for Irish film aficionados and those interested in Irish Culture. Here are 13 new films promised to be released this year.  For anyone who loves Irish film be sure to be on the look out for these new titles! What Richard Did – What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of college. Everything seems possible, until Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be. Released last fall of 2012 in theaters and availble here in the US on cable, but that’s close enough for this list! The Sea– John Banville’s Man Booker prize winning book will be released this summer as a film. It stars Ciarin Hinds, and Sinead Cusak. It was adapted for film by John Banville and introduces Stephen Brown in his directorial debut. Filmed nearly exclusively in Wexford County Ireland. Brooklyn– Colm Toibin’s best selling novel has been adapted for the big screen by Nick Hornsby. Brooklyn is about a young woman torn between a lover in Brooklyn and her family back in Ireland. The film is set in 1950’s and stars Mara Rooney. Filming to begin this spring. Byzantium– A Vampire Story, a young adult play written by Moira Buffini has just finished production. The film features Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton and is produced by Neil Jordan. Mr. Jordan also brought us Interview with a Vampire so he knows vampires!  Due for release this summer. Calvery – Director John Michael McDonagh’s follow up to the critically-acclaimed The Guard which also stars Brendan Gleeson in the lead role. In Calvery, Gleeson plays a slightly better-natured priest, whose life is threatened during confession one day, and the forces of darkness begin to close in around him. The film also features Gleeson’s son, Domhnall, Chris O’Dowd, Aiden Gillen and Pat Shortt. Star of the Sea-Based on the international best-selling book by Joseph O’Connor, the Star of the Sea in the title refers to a famine ship on its way from Dublin to New York at the height of the Great Hunger. The novel has picked up many awards since its release in 2004 so there are high hopes for this film adaptation due out this year. Men at Work – Narrated by actor Fionnula Flanagan, Men at Lunch or ‘Lón sa Spéir’ is an Irish-made documentary directed by Seán Ó Cualáin and produced by Éamonn Ó Cualáin.  It explores the story behind the famous 1932 Manhattan photograph  that depicts 11 construction workers eating their...

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Thomas Francis Meagher

Thomas Francis Meagher, the man that JFK credits with paving his way to the White House, is the subject of a new documentary soon to be screened on both sides of the Atlantic. Sentenced to death for high treason, he was transported to Tasmania, escaped to become a US celebrity, fought Indians in the Wild West and led a brigade of renowned ‘shock’ troops in the American civil war before, some believe, being murdered by his enemies. Rebel Thomas Francis Meagher, the man who created the Irish national flag, lived a high-octane life. Following his dramatic escape from Tasmania, the twice-married Waterford adventurer qualified as a lawyer in New York, established a newspaper and was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the Union army, where he earned a reputation as the inspirational leader of its most famous unit. He eventually became acting governor of the then-frontier state of Montana, before mysteriously falling overboard from a steamer on the Missouri river and drowning at the age of 44. Now, nearly 150 years after his death, this enormously colourful patriot is to be the central figure in a two-part television documentary by Dublin-based film company Tile Films, which will be broadcast in Ireland and the US this month. The Irish Independent – Like this:Like...

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