It has been another stellar year for the Irish film industry, so we’ve gathered up a fine selection of the best offerings to grace our cinema screens in 2016. If you haven't seen them all yet, then catch up immediately.
Lenny Abrahamson's powerful adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel deserves every plaudit it gets. With stunning performances from Oscar-winner Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, it's a harrowing but ultimately uplifting viewing experience.
Another musical extravaganza from John Carney, featuring original songs as well as classics from Duran Duran and The Cure, Sing Street is a joy from start to finish. It’s 1985 in Dublin, and money problems at home cause Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) to move from his private school to Synge Street. There, he meets Darren (Ben Carolan) and Eamon (Mark McKenna), and ropes them into starting a band to impress Raphina, an aspiring model who he quickly falls for.
The Young Offenders
A massive hit at the Irish box-office, this tale of two young Cork men in hot pursuit of a bale of cocaine worth €7 million euro is up there with the best comedies of 2016. Based on the real-life seizure of hundreds of millions of euro worth of cocaine of the Cork Coast in 2007, the film is in turns hilarious and sweet, with star-making performances from newcomers Alex Murphy and Chris Walley.
A Date For Mad Mary
Directed by Darren Thornton, and written together with his brother Colin (adapting Yasmine Akram's play), A Date For Mad Mary is one of the most charming Irish films in years. Mary is a young woman from Drogheda whose anger problems land her in Mountjoy. Upon her release, she’s upset to find that people have moved on with their lives, particularly her best friend Charlene who is frantically planning a wedding. Seana Kerslake is brilliant as a young woman struggling to deal with her emotions and accept who she really is.
Love and Friendship
A US-Irish co-production with our own Blinder Films, this Whit Stillman comedy based on the Jane Austen novel Lady Susan, stars Kate Beckinsale as a conniving widow out to regain wealth and status. Watching the lengths Lady Susan goes to get what she wants, and the havoc she causes in her wake, is a deliciously enjoyable experience. The lavish costumes are a visual delight and were created by Limerick’s Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh,
This documentary directed by Colm Quinn shows the reality behind the cult status of businessman Mick ‘Mattress Mick’ Flynn and his creative director Paul Kelly. With money worries percolating in the background of a well-orchestrated campaign, it’s a funny and insightful look into their relationship and the creation of this iconic Dublin character,