Sunday 22 January 2017

Power of 'Brooklyn'

Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30

Actress Saoirse Ronan, star of the movie 'Brooklyn' Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Actress Saoirse Ronan, star of the movie 'Brooklyn' Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Sir - I agree with your prolific letter writer Brian McDevitt that Brooklyn is a great film and the beautiful Saoirse Ronan gave the performance of her life (so far anyway). I hope I am not being patronising in saying that, for a gay man, author Colm Toibin has a great insight into the female psyche. However, I wish Saoirse's character and the others in her "digs" could have been nicer to their fellow lodger, the Cavan girl.

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The director, John Crowley, is from Cork, and his sister, who was a talented singer, taught one of my brothers in primary school in the early 1980s. My other slight connection with the film is that Mr Toibin co-wrote another book with some people including an American author who is a member of my lawn tennis club, Argideen Vale, in West Cork. Also, I have a cousin living in New York who once worked in Wall Street and now lectures in maths in Columbia University.

There is a lovely music score by Michael Brook. Iarla O'Lionaird, from Co Cork, sings a song a cappella, and the other Irish songs were arranged by talented fiddle/banjo maestro John Carty from Boyle. I saw John and his lovely daughter, Maggie, playing on TG4 recently; and new 'Fiddler on the Roof', Lisa Ward, from Leitrim.

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