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Sunday 25 August 2019

My cultural life: Elizabeth Moynihan, actor/writer

Elizabeth Moynihan
Elizabeth Moynihan
Natives
Fortunate Man
The Bridge

Elizabeth Moynihan is a writer and actor working in the UK and Ireland for the last 10 years. She has just finished filming Daniel, starring Esben Smed and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), in Sweden. She is also about to shoot four new episodes of her online comedy series BUST which she writes and plays the central character in. She is in Season 2 of Black Mirror on Netflix and was in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them with Colin Farrell and Eddie Redmayne. Her play Quicksand runs in the New Theatre until June 22. She was raised in Youghal, Co Cork, and began acting for Deirdre O'Connell at Focus Theatre in Dublin in the late 1990s. She began working as an actor in London after the death of her husband, music producer David Jordan (The Specials, The Pogues, The Dubliners). She keeps a home in Dublin and visits her family in Cork and Waterford as often as she can

Movie: A Fortunate Man

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Fortunate Man
 

A Fortunate Man on Netflix. It is stunning visually and the narrative is enthralling. With Esben Smed in the lead role. It is Danish and I am currently obsessed with all things Danish and with Esben Smed as I just finished filming Daniel with him in Sweden. It's about the photographer Daniel Rye who was captured by Isil. I play Diane Foley, the mother of the first man beheaded by Isil and filmed for social media. Hardest scenes I have ever filmed but the best experience as an actor

Band: The 1975

I am currently obsessed with The 1975 and mainly Matty Healy, the frontman and co-writer with the drummer George Daniel. In terms of lyrics there is no one in pop who is writing such anarchic lyrics wrapped up in catchy pop tunes.

Book: Natives

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Natives
 

I am reading Natives by Akala, a British academic and conscious rapper. It is a treatise on racism in the UK. Tracing its history and posing as many questions as it answers, I had to have a good hard look at myself and check my white privilege while reading this. Highly recommend it.

Artwork: Black on Black

First time I saw Rothko's Black on Black I burst into tears. It was hanging in the Tate Modern and my friend Edward O'Grady Walshe said he was so moved by it that I was not to miss it. I had seen pictures of it and didn't understand how anyone could be moved by a large canvas covered in black paint... It can't be explained. Just try to get to see it before you die... You'll understand.

TV: The Bridge

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The Bridge
 

My top choice is Bron or The Bridge (pictured) as it's known in English. Danish/Swedish, it is Nordic Noir at it's best.

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