My cultural life: Actor and writer Mark O'Halloran
Mark is an actor and writer from Ennis, Co Clare. His work includes screenplays for Adam & Paul, Garage and Viva. He has also written for television and theatre. Upcoming work includes Halal Daddy, for which he co-wrote the script and TRADE, an adaptation of his stage play of the same name, which goes into production in late spring. He will be in conversation with Sean Rocks as part of Ennis Book Club Festival on Saturday, March 4, 8pm (preceded by Screening of VIVA, 6pm) in Glor, Ennis.
One of the reasons I went to see Jackie at all was for the soundtrack which was written by Mica Levi. I loved Mica Levi's soundtrack for Under The Skin. Her work on this is exquisitely dark and intelligent. Much to my surprise the film looks incredible and has one of the most extraordinary performances I have seen in recent years. Natalie Portman (above) is note perfect. She has to win the Oscar. (Well Ruth Negga has to win the Oscar obviously but in the event that she doesn't then Portman is a deserving winner.)
Album: Malibu, by Anderson Paak
I first heard of Anderson Paak on Dr Dre's Compton soundtrack and so I got his album Malibu when it came out. It is a very interesting mix of Alternative R&B and West Coast rap. He began his career as a drummer, I believe, but he also has a great rasping singing voice and is blessed with a gift for brilliant melody. He is also a uniquely stylish chap, wearing a top hat and kilt on the album cover.
Gallery: The Hugh Lane
Rather than pick just one artwork I choose the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin with its unique collection and compelling history. I am currently writing the drama elements for a Hugh Lane (above) documentary that will be made this year. Before this I hadn't known too much about the man beyond a potted history of the gallery controversy. What I discovered as I researched the project is that he was an utterly compelling chap; funny, infuriating, far-sighted and ridiculously generous. The story of his contested will and the unsigned codicil is legendary and even to this day has not been fully resolved. He died on the Lusitania too. But his greatest legacy is the gallery which is such an asset to the city.
TV: Twin Peaks
I am old enough to remember Twin Peaks (starring Lara Flynn Boyle, above) when it was originally aired. I remember the genuine excitement it caused back then. It was like nothing anyone had ever seen before. Funny, absurd and terrifying. Indeed it still is like nothing else ever made. I got the box set late last year and watched it again with great delight. I had forgotten how weird it really is. It is brilliantly demented. It changed television for ever.
I was giddy with excitement when the MacBook got an upgrade late last year. My old laptop was seven years old and beginning to splutter a bit. Apple make eloquent designs for stupid people like me. All seems elegant and easy. My MacBook is my life is what I'm trying to say.
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