Power of 'Brooklyn'
Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30
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.
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.