Saturday 7 December 2019

Gleeson defends director on Irish film

Brian Gleeson & Brendan Gleeson
Brian Gleeson & Brendan Gleeson
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Actor Brendan Gleeson has defended director John Michael McDonagh's controversial comments regarding the quality of Irish film, saying: "There's no harm in being told we need to up our standards."

In a recent interview, McDonagh was quoted as saying that Irish films "aren't very good" and that Irish audiences are reluctant to watch Irish films.

"When you're making a film there, you're trying to convince the Irish audience: no, it's not like all those terrible Irish movies you've seen before," McDonagh said.

His comments resulted in an outcry from members of the Irish film industry, who were quick to point out that McDonagh's film 'Calvary' received €975,000 from the Irish Film Board.

"I think it's important to remember that the money was repaid in full," Gleeson said. "And there's no harm in being told we need to up our standards."

Gleeson added that "those most offended by the comments don't bother going to see Irish films".

Yesterday, The Olympia Theatre announced that Gleeson will appear alongside sons Brian and Domhnall in 'The Walworth Farce'.

Irish Independent

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