Dir: John Michael McDonagh
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Fionnuala Flanagan
The Guard is a comedy thriller set on the west coast of Ireland. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door.
However, despite the fact that Boyle seems more interested in mocking and undermining Everett than in actively working to solve the case, Boyle finds that circumstances keep pulling him back into the thick of it. These events unwittingly offend Boyle's murky moral code. He realises that he needs to take matters into his own hands and the only person he can trust is Everett. And so the scene is set for an explosive finale
Little Matador (2010)
Dir: Sandra Jordan and Gabriel Range
The film focuses on four children from very different backgrounds who share the same goal: to fight as a matador in the biggest bullfighting ring in the world: La Plaza de Mexico, in Mexico City.
These are extraordinary children often driven to find success in the bullring by very different needs and desires. Often it is the height of the stakes in their own lives that pushes them – regardless of their fears. The journey to success, mitigated by the children’s real conflicts and fears, provides the beating heart of the film.
Dir: John Carney and Kieran Carney
Cast: Simon Delaney, David Pearse, Rory Keenan, Janice Byrne
Zonad (Simon Delaney) is from space.....probably. Or so the Cassidy family assume when they discover an apparent alien in a shiny red space suit and helmet passed out on the living room floor beside the drinks cabinet. The Cassidys and the people of Ballymoran make the intriguing visitor feel very welcome (and in the case of mother Mary (Donna Dent) and teenage minx Jenny (Janice Byrne) they make him feel very welcome indeed).
Zonad is a nutty comedy from co-directors and writers John Carney (Once, Bachelor's Walk, On the Edge,) and Kieran Carney (Bachelor's Walk, The Last Furlong).
Dir: Jordan Scott
Cast: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde, Imogen Poots, Ellie Nunn, Adele McCann, Zoe Carroll, Clemmie Dugdale, Sinéad Cusack.
In an austere and cloistered girls boarding school in 1930's England, the girls’ unhealthy bond with their beloved teacher, Miss G, is threatened by the arrival of an exotic and beautiful foreign student - whose rejection of Miss G's attentions threatens the status quo and brings tragic consequences for them all.
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cast: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca
Awards: Sundance World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic, Sundance World Cinema Screenwriting Award
The story begins in 1975 when 17-year-old Alistair Little, a member of the UVF murdered a 19-year-old Catholic, Jim Griffin, in Lurgan. He was arrested two weeks later, along with three others involved in the shooting, and convicted. Jim’s murder was witnessed by his 11-year-old brother, Joe Griffin.
Five Minutes of Heaven is a fiction inspired by real people. Working closely with both men, screenwriter Guy Hibbert (Omagh) creates a unique and compelling film that moves from a powerful re-enactment of these tragic events to a fictional interpretation of what might happen should these two men ever come face to face. The film explores the impact of the legacy of violence on both men.
Dir: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Mark O'Halloran
Cast: Pat Shortt, Anne-Marie Duff, Conor J Ryan
Awards: Official Selection London Film Festival 2007, Official Selection Toronto Film Festival 2007, Official Selection São Paolo Film Festival 2007, Official Selection Pusan Film Festival 2007, Winner CICAE Prize Cannes Film Festival 2007, IFTA Award for Best Film 2008, IFTA Award for Best Director in Film 2008, IFTA Award for Best Script in Film 2008, IFTA Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role - Film 2008, Best Feature Film at Turin Film Festival 2007, Jury Award at Festival de Chatenay-Malabry, Grand Prix Award and Prix de Etudiants at Festival Cinessonne, Prix Coup De Coeur at the Dinard Film Festival, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention at Bratislava International Film Festival, Jury Prize for Best Actor Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival
Released by Element Pictures Distribution in 2007, Garage was shot in Clare and Offaly on a budget of €2 million. Written by Mark O’Halloran and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the team behind Adam and Paul, Garage was their second feature and received much critical acclaim both at home and abroad.
Set against the backdrop of the transformation of a small Irish town, Garage is the startling hypnotic and austerely funny story of Josie's search for acceptance and of what happens when the little niche he has managed to carve out for himself comes under threat.
The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)
Dir: Ken Loach
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Pádraic Delaney, Orla Fitzgerald
Co-Producer: Sixteen Films
Awards: Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival (2006)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley is an Irish-UK-Italian-German-Spanish co-production and had a production budget of approximately €6.5 million. The film was produced with financing from the Irish Film Board, the UK Film Council and TV3, amongst others and to this date is still the highest grossing film in Ireland.
Two brothers, Damien and Teddy are fighting for Irish independence. Damien decides to postpone his plans to leave for London to further his medical career after witnessing the terrible atrocities at the hands of the Black and Tans. When a treaty is signed in 1921 the brothers find themselves on opposing sides and Civil War ensues.
Death of a President (2006)*
Dir: Gabriel Range
Awards: Emmy Award for TV Movie at the International Emmy Awards, Prize of the International Critics (Fipresci Prize) at 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, Banff Rockie Award Best Made-For-TV Movie at Banff World Television Festival, RTBF TV Prize for Best Picture at Brussels European Film Festival, RTS Television Award for Digital Channel Programme Award at Royal Television Society UK
Written and directed by Gabriel Range (The Day Britain Stopped, The Man Who Broke Britain) the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Financed by Film Four, Death of a President caused considerable controversy on its release in September 2006. Two of America's biggest cinema chains, Regal and Cinemark, refused to screen the film which was distributed in the U.S. by Newmarket Films.
This documentary style film set in the near future follows the investigation of the assassination of George W. Bush.
* DOAP was produced by Ed Guiney for Channel 4
Dir: Charles Sturridge
Cast: Peter O’Toole, Samantha Morton, Kelly Macdonald, John Lynch.
Co-Producers: Firstsight (UK) and Davis-Films (France), Classic Media
Awards: IFTA for Best Sound 2007
With a budget of €8 million, Lassie was shot mostly in Dublin’s Clancy Barracks as well as the Isle of Man and Scotland. Based on Eric Knight’s classic 1940 novel Lassie Come Home, the production was assisted by the Irish Film Board’s Film Dublin Partnership and employed approximately 175 crew, 55 cast and over 1,000 extras.
On the eve of World War II in a Yorkshire mining town, the Carraclough family fall upon hard times and are forced to sell their beloved dog to the Duke of Rudling. The story follows Lassie’s journey to return to the home she loves in time for Christmas.
League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse(2005)
Dir: Steve Bendelack
Cast: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Michael Sheen
HKI Co-Production with Tiger Aspect Pictures
Based on the award-winning BBC TV comedy series, The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse was co-produced with Tiger Aspect Pictures for Universal/Film Four. The €4 budget film was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2006 Empire Awards.
The fictional world of Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the only way to avert disaster is for our nightmarish cast of characters to find a way into the real world and confront their creators.
Dir: Billy O’Brien
Cast: Ruth Negga, John Lynch, Essie Davis, Sean Harris, Marcel lures, Crispin Letts
Co-Producers: The Bureau, Blue Orange Productions
Awards: Grand Prize and International Critics Award at the 2006
Gérardmer Film Festival. Selected for Midnight Madness at the Toronto Film Festival 2005, Screamfest Los Angeles (Best film, Best Director, Best Actress), Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas (Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography)
Isolation, the feature debut for director/writer Billy O’Brien, was filmed in Wicklow in winter 2005. A UK-Irish co-production from The Bureau in association with Blue Orange Productions and Element Films, Isolation was funded by Film Four, the Irish Film Board and TV3.
This contemporary horror film is set on a lonely isolated farm in the depths of the countryside. One cold bleak night, five people are brought together to find themselves caught up in something terrifying which no one could have predicted.
Boy Eats Girl (2004)
Dir: Stephen Bradley
Cast: Samantha Mumba, David Leon, Tadhg Murphy, Sara James
Co-Producers: Lunar Films
Written by Derek Landy, Boy Eats Girl was co-produced for the BSI/IFB, Optimum Releasing and Odyssey Entertainment and was shot in both Ireland and the Isle of Man. The Irish Film Censor originally refused a certificate to the Irish ‘romzomcom’ unless a designated scene was cut but this decision was eventually reversed.
The night Nathan chooses to tell Jessica that he's in love with her is the night he dies. Fortunately, through the ancient power of voodoo, his mother brings him back from the dead. But he's not the same: he can't feel pain, he has no pulse and he has a desire to eat human flesh. One careless bite in a fight with the school bully and he spreads the infection. The town is soon terrorised by teenage flesh-eaters and Nathan is the only one who can save Jessica and the rest of his friends before he turns against them.
Adam & Paul (2004)
Dir: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Mark O'Halloran
Cast: Mark O’Halloran, Tom Murphy
Co-Producers: Speers Films
Awards: Official selection in the Panorama section at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival, Best First Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh, Stella Artois Grand Prix for Best Film in the International category and the FIPRESCI Critics Award at the Sofia International Film Festival in March 2005. Nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2005 European Film Awards. Won the British Evening Standard Award for Best Screenplay in 2006.
Co-produced with Speers Films for BSÉ/IFB and made on a meagre budget of €400,000, Adam and Paul won critical acclaim in 2004.
Friends since they were small boys, Adam and Paul have withered into two, hapless, desperate junkies, tied together by habit and necessity. A stylised, downbeat physical comedy, the film follows the boys over the course of a single day, which, like every other, is entirely devoted to the business of scrounging and robbing money for drugs. The difference today is that Adam and Paul – already near rock bottom – have finally run out of luck, credit and friends.
Dir: Pete Travis
Cast: Gerard McSorley, Michèle Forbes, Brenda Fricker, Stuart Graham, Peter Ballance.
HKI Co-Production with Tiger Aspect
Awards: BAFTA for Best Single Film 2004, Discovery Award at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival, Best European Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2004, IFTA for Best Irish Film and Best Irish Actor in 2005, Best Single Drama at the 2005 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and Best Television Film at the 2005 Monte-Carlo TV Festival.
The critically claimed Omagh was developed by UK based Tiger Aspect and co-produced with Hell’s Kitchen International with Ed Guiney as producer and Andrew Lowe as executive producer. It was broadcast on RTE in 2004 and went on to win many awards across the globe.
Omagh examines the events and aftermath of August 15th 1998, when a Real IRA bomb claimed thirty one lives. It tells the story of the Omagh Support and Self Help Group as they strive to find the truth of what happened that day.
Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Dir: Peter Mullan
Cast: Anne-Marie Duff, Dorothy Duffy, Nora-Jane Noone, Eileen Walsh
Awards: Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice Film Festival 2002, Discovery Award in Toronto Film Festival 2002, Best Ensemble Cast at 2003 British Independent Film Awards, 2002 European Union MEDIA Award and the British Film of the Year and British Director of the Year at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards 2004.
Co-produced with FPF (UK) and Lucky Red (Italy) for Wild Bunch (France), Magdalene Sisters won critical acclaim and was the biggest Irish film in 2002.
Set in Ireland in the sixties, Magdalene Sisters focuses on four young women sent to the Magdalene asylums in an era mistakenly seen by some as a time of unchallenged female liberation. These young Catholic women find themselves in an almost medieval nightmare whilst the outside world tacitly (or in some cases actively) supports a theocratic state.
Disco Pigs (2001)
Dir: Kirsten Sheridan
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Elaine Cassidy
Awards: Official selection in the Panorama section at 2001 Berlin Film Festival
Disco Pigs was produced by Ed Guiney through Temple Films and was shot entirely in Ireland on a budget of approximately £1.5m. It was written by acclaimed Irish playwright Enda Walsh and marked the feature film debut of director Kirsten Sheridan.
Pig (Cillian Murphy) and Runt (Elaine Cassidy) were born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. They are partners in crime, with an appetite for recklessness, exploration and destruction. Disco Pigs is a tender, electric and violent love story about two teenagers whose unique private world is threatened by adulthood.
On the Edge (2000)
Dir: John Carney
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Tricia Vessey
Awards: Audience Award at Dinard British Film Festival 2001
Co-Producers: Hell’s Kitchen
Produced by Ed Guiney through Temple Films and co-produced with Hell’s Kitchen, On the Edge was shot entirely in Ireland in 2000.
Academy Award nominee Stephen Rea stars in this edgy comedy about a young man who rediscovers friendship, love and the zest for life. One day, fate brings Jonathan (Cillian Murphy) into contact with people who will change his life forever - a group of teenagers who are attempting to cope with their own teen angst and a doctor (Rea) who can see right through Jonathan’s façade. But it isn’t until he falls in love with Rachel (Tricia Vessey) that Jonathan begins to discover that life doesn’t have to be so crazy after all...although it still helps to have a sense of humor about the wild things that happen in life!
Sweety Barrett (1998)
Dir: Stephen Bradley
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham, Lynda Steadman, Andy Serkis, Dylan Murphy
Co-Producers: Temple Films, Peter Rommel Productions, Icelandic Film Corporation, HandMade Films
Awards: Nominated for Best European Feature at 1999 Brussels International Film Festival and for Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 AFI Festival. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival and the 1998 San Sebastian Film Festival.
Stephen Bradley made his directorial debut Sweety Barrett in 1998 which starred Brendan Gleeson and Liam Cunningham.
Sweety Barrett is the story of an illiterate but big-hearted man who has just lost his job as a large-object swallower in a traveling circus. He moves to a small port town and picks up odd jobs where he meets Anne and her son. But the town is run by a corrupt cop and when Anne's husband gets out of jail, both he and Sweety are set on a collision course with the authorities.
Dir: Gerry Stembridge
Cast: Andrew Connolly, Jasmine Russell, Peter Hanly, Michelle Houlden, Frankie McCafferty, Pauline McLynn, Mikel Murfi
Awards: Best Screenplay at Thessaloniki Film Festival 1995, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Film at Amiens International Film Festival
Produced by Ed Guiney through Temple Films, Guiltrip was Gerard Stembridge’s first feature. It was shot in Dublin using an almost entirely Irish cast and crew and was financed as an Irish-Italian-French-Spanish co-production with backing from the Irish Film Board and Eurimages. It had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
Guiltrip is a story about Liam and Tina, a young married couple who live in a housing estate on the outskirts of a small Irish town. Late one night Liam arrives home drunk. A violent row develops between himself and Tina and continues until dawn. During the course of the night, secrets are uncovered with hugely different consequences for each of them.
Dir: Paddy Breathnach
Cast: Brendan Coyle, Andrew Irvine, Juliette Gruber, Gary Lydon, Anne McGeown
Awards: Euskal Media Prize for Best First Film and Best New Director Award at the 1994 San Sebastian Film Festival
Written by Joe O’Connor and directed by Paddy Breathnach, Ailsa was produced by Ed Guiney through Temple Films.
Miles Butler lives an uneventful life with his girlfriend until he discovers the body of his landlord in a neighbouring apartment. His curiosity is aroused when a beautiful stranger moves in and his fascination with the vacant apartment develops from obsession to psychosis when the lady has a baby named Ailsa.