Saturday 20 January 2018

Best Irish film

Paul Whitington

Best Irish Film

It wasn't in all fairness a vintage year for Irish film, with few domestic productions rising above the merely competent. Though its ending let it down a little, Ciaran Foy's debut feature Citadel was a nightmarish and impressively imaginative horror film set in a grim housing estate plagued by a vicious street gang.

Claire Dix's Broken Song found poetry in the abandoned tower blocks of Ballymun, and her exploration of Dublin street rap showed real visual flair. I'm not sure if Good Vibrations entirely qualifies as an Irish film, but I'm going to claim it anyway. Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa's entertaining and perfectly judged feature told the true story of Belfast music guru Terri Hooley, brilliantly played by Richard Dormer.

Irish Independent

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