Chaplin Festival due for Co. Kerry town

Waterville in Co. Kerry is due to host its annual Charlie Chaplin Festival this weekend. Now in its ninth year the sleepy village in Co. Kerry has an association with Charlie Chaplin which dates back to the 1950's when the film star paid a visit to Waterville with his family. Spread out over the weekend, … Continue reading Chaplin Festival due for Co. Kerry town

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

This documentary by Feargal Ward has been shown on the Irish film festival circuit for a while now and had it's television debut on RTÉ 1 last night. It tells the story of Thomas Reid, a Kildare farmer who is approached by the IDA to sell his land so that the American microchip company intel … Continue reading The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

Liam Gallagher: As it was. Liam does it his way

IT was September 2002. The summer had ended but there was still cause for many in Derry, Northern Ireland to celebrate. Oasis, the band who had defined a generation were due to play in Prehen playing fields that sunny September. Oasis, together with a number of bands that formed the "Britpop" phenominon burst onto the … Continue reading Liam Gallagher: As it was. Liam does it his way

Future film talent gets its chance to shine at Brunswick Cinebowl

Local budding cinematic talent was on display this afternoon (Monday) as the BSc in Cinematic Arts final year students at University of Ulster"s Magee campus in Derry showed their work to an enthusiastic audience at the city's Brunswick Cinebowl.Now in it's third year, the annual end of year show put on display a number of … Continue reading Future film talent gets its chance to shine at Brunswick Cinebowl

Troubling times told by those who witnessed them

We all know about the troubles, or think we do. Everyone the world over has some sort of opinion of how the troubles started or who was at fault. As someone who was born in the midst of the chaos, this particular reviewer, when asked about the troubles always explains it as different versions of … Continue reading Troubling times told by those who witnessed them

Black 47 is a harrowing tale with a tongue in cheek twist

Little over a year ago viewers of ITV's hit series Victoria starring Jenna Coleman, were left aghast and dismayed by the harrowing depiction of the Great Famine; an event which is ingrained into the national pshyce of the average Irish person. People had written to a well known television weekly wondering why they had not … Continue reading Black 47 is a harrowing tale with a tongue in cheek twist

Review of Holding by Graham Norton

We probably all know Graham Norton for his quirky, sharp-witted, fast-paced chat show, some of us may even remember him for his role in Father Ted as the erratic and chaotic Fr. Noel Furthlong. To his list of many talents and achievements Norton has also added novelist with his debut novel Holding Holding is set … Continue reading Review of Holding by Graham Norton