Alright, this evening I will be discussing with you Femms about Irish film. There have been many movies set in Ireland with Irish actors and production companies. Some of these films include the Gone with the Wind sequel Scarlett, Far and Away, Laws of Attraction (with it’s famous “On a Tuesday” line), and Leap Year. But there are three Irish films I want to share with you guys. These three would be The Quiet Man, Michael Collins, and Song of the Sea.
The Quiet Man was a film that was directed by John Ford in 1952 and starred American actor John Wayne and Irish actress Maureen O’Hera. If you read my travel blog series, then you know that the film was shot in the Irish town of Cong. The story is about a man named Sean Thornton that returned from America to reclaim his childhood home in Ireland to escape a horrible event in his past. Sean does reclaim his home but soon falls in love with the fiery red-head, Mary-Kate, but he runs into trouble with her brother “Red” Will Danaher; he was the man that wanted the Thornton property before Sean bought it back. Because of this, Red does whatever he can do to spite Sean; from not allowing his sister to marry him to not allowing Mary to have her Dowry. This film is a classic and, in my opinion, has one of the best on-screen fist fights with a great score.
The film Michael Collins was done in the year 1996 and starred Irish actor, Liam Neeson. This film is a historical biopic that tells the story of the Irish Revolutionist, Michael Collins, who led guerrilla warfare against the U.K., helped to negotiate for the making of the Irish Free State, and lead the National Army during Ireland’s Civil War. After the Irish rebels had suffered defeat during the Easter Risings it was Collins who came up with new strategies to help the Irish gain their independence around 1922. Collins goes as far as setting up assassinations of Irish informers of the U.K. and members of the British Intelligence. However, after Collins tries to negotiate for the Free State, instead of a Republic, he’s betrayed by someone close to him and his country breaks out into Civil War.
The Song of the Sea is an Irish animation film done by an Irish animation company in Kilkenny, Ireland. This film came out in 2014 and was an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature but lost to the craze that is, Frozen. The story focuses on a boy named Ben and his rocky relationship with his sister who, despite being six years old, can’t talk yet. The reason why they’re relationship isn’t so great is because their Mom, who Ben was very close with, died giving birth to Saoirse (Sir-shuh). During the night of her birthday, it is discovered that Saoirse is a selkie, an Irish mythical creature that can go from being a seal to a human with the help of a magical seal skin. This draws the attention of Irish fairies who need her help to be freed from a witch’s curse. Together she and Ben go off together on an adventure to help these fairies and to make their relationship stronger.
Hope you guys enjoyed my Irish film blog. If you want to check out any of these movies try Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. There have been many Irish films, but these were the top three I wanted to share with you. I also mainly shared these films because not only were they filmed/created in Ireland they had mostly a full Irish cast with Irish actors playing the main roles. To be honest I haven’t seen the Michael Collins film yet but will be looking into it since Neeson is one of my favorite actors. If you’re wondering about other Irish actors a small list would be Andrew Scott, Colin O’Donoghue, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Irish actresses are Maureen O’Hara, Saoirse Ronan, and Katie McGrath. That’s all for tonight’s blog. ‘til next time.