Thursday 24 August 2017

David McWilliams: Hollywood comes to Dublin and it could be a visionary blockbuster

The decision taken on Thursday by Dublin City Council to set aside space for a world-class film studio in the new Poolbeg special development zone is such an encouraging one.
The decision taken on Thursday by Dublin City Council to set aside space for a world-class film studio in the new Poolbeg special development zone is such an encouraging one.
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

On Thursday evening, after a day finalising a new documentary on Brexit and Ireland, which airs on RTÉ One on Monday night, I slumped down, like so many hundreds of thousands of Irish workers, knackered in front of the TV. It was well gone "wine o'clock", so with a deserved glass in hand, I flicked through the options.

The range of choice these days, from Netflix and Amazon to terrestrial TV, is truly extraordinary. Finally, I decided to watch the end of a compelling documentary series on BBC4 about OJ Simpson. When you know how the story ends, tuning in at episode five is no big deal.

Coming shortly after the Netflix documentary 'The People v OJ Simpson', this one was called 'OJ, Made in America'. An Oscar-winner, the documentary series is about the Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman murders, and OJ's trial, acquittal, subsequent life and the overarching role of race which dominated one of the biggest media events in US history. In truth, it was a media circus as much as a criminal trial.

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