Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor.
Offensive. Racist. More anti-Irish bigotry from Hollywood. That was the general response to the recent Saturday Night Live sketch that seems to have left so many of us foaming at the mouth with a weird, incandescent rage.
Hollywood needs to update its Irish stereotypes. Last weekend, US TV mainstay Saturday Night Live depicted Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as unintelligible with the punchline: “Wow, and they haven’t even started drinking yet!”
We may not have had the night we envisioned, but it was still an incredible night for the Irish at the Oscars, with 25% of the acting nominees being Irish, and the first ever Irish language film was up for best international feature. But if you’re in the US, you’d be forgiven for not knowing any of that, and just thinking the Paddies were over for a sesh and a brawl.
It may be the last taboo of the modern world. Many people — mostly men — are thinking the unthinkable and even doing the undoable. They are asking themselves, for the first time in their lives, if they can justify their subscription to Sky Sports.
The homegrown cinematic hit of the year continues to astound. This week the team at Irish film distribution company Break Out Pictures announced that Colm Bairéad’s majestic coming-of-ager, An Cailín Ciúin, had crossed the €1 million mark at the Ireland and UK box office.
“What’s the French for feckin’?” This is one of the many linguistic puzzles that awaits the dubbers and subtitlers of Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, a dense tragi-comedy that glories in the eccentric poetic flights of Hiberno-English, and is already being tipped for awards glory.
Earlier this month, Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin made Irish history when it received nine Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
Is The Banshees of Inisherin an Irish film, or a British one? The Baftas don’t seem to be in any doubt: Martin McDonagh’s movie is up for ten awards at Sunday night’s ceremony, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, oh and Outstanding British Film.
Cards on the table – I’m not a fan of The Banshees of Inisherin. Too dark and way too “pigs in the parlour” Oirish for my liking. But even though this makes me the only fish in the ocean swimming the wrong direction, rest assured I’ll still be roaring on all the gorgeous Gaels – Kerry, Brendan, Colin and Barry – come Oscar night next month.
Oscar-nominated film The Banshees of Inisherin portrays Irish people as “moronic” and is “extremely offensive”, according to a complaint to the Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO).
Irish animation company Jam Media has been chosen to premiere its first ever feature-length animation A Greyhound Of A Girl at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival later this month.
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