If you're in the mood for some of the finest Irish cinema of recent years, then you'll find that Netflix has a surprisingly generous selection of quality homegrown fare.
Here, then, are some choice pickings from the ever-expanding (and simultaneously contracting) Netflix pile...
Writer/Director John Butler's tender coming-of-age tale is an unlikely buddy comedy-drama set in a posh Dublin rugby school, where mismatched teen duo Fionn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine (two fine young actors, whom you'll be hearing a lot more from) overcome their own differences, and the narrow-minded prejudices surrounding them, to find friendship and challenge the status quo. It's an inspirational, feelgood tale featuring an outstanding ensemble that includes Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman (hubby Brian O'Driscoll served as a consultant on the rugby sequences) and Ardal O'Hanlon, one that makes for a perfect double-bill another acclaimed Irish movie, Sing Street - more on that one below.
The Young Offenders
Ahead of the forthcoming second TV series following the further adventures of dim-but-lovable Corkonian chancers Conor and Jock, why not revisit the Irish box-office smash that introduced them in a memorable - and utterly hilarious - fashion? Writer/Director Peter Foott put himself on the map with his videos for Rubberbandits; he brings the same anarchic energy - and visual pop - to this caper comedy, inspired by a real-life incident involving the seizure of 1.5 tonnes of cocaine off the Irish coast near Mizen Head in 2007. Truth be told, it all falls apart (albeit in a highly entertaining fashion) before the final whistle, but the winning performances from Alex Murphy and Chris Walley - as the most lovable would-be drug dealers in screen history - make this one sing.
Written and directed by Frank Berry, this IFTA-winning tale features a stunning performance from Dafhyd Flynn as Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old from a Dublin housing estate who gets caught holding a bag of drugs for his friend's older brother and is sentenced to three months in prison. Berry's empathetic tale is unflinching in its portrayal of the brutalities of the Irish prison system - Berry developed the project with Pathways, a prison rehabilitation service - at heart, however, its a deeply human (and utterly heartbreaking) tale of survival against the toughest of odds.
Bad Day For The Cut (2017)
This unsung gem dropped on Netflix with little fanfare a while back; it's a smart, sharp and bloody revenge tale from Tyrone talents Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullins, with memorable performances from Nigel O’Neill and the perennially underrated Susan Lynch. If you enjoyed Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes, or cult gem Blue Ruin, then you'll definitely dig this one - and you can't argue with that 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Siege Of Jadotville
The winner of four IFTAs, this Netflix original tells the true story of the Irish troops, led by Commandant Pat Quinlan, who in 1961 were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo, leading to a six-day standoff against French and Belgian Mercenaries. The film has gone a long way towards recognizing an unsung moment in Irish military history, while also suggesting that there's still life for Jamie Dornan as a movie star beyond those horrible (yet lucrative) Fifty Shades movies.