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Blarney

Harry O'Donovan, 65 minutes, 1938

The comedy classic features much-loved Irish actor Jimmy O’Dea, playing a salesman working along the Irish Border who runs into trouble when he encounters jewel thieves. Cross-border rivalry plays out between a Garda, played by Noel Purcell (Moby Dick, 1956…

Bloody Sunday

Paul Greengrass, 107 minutes, 2002

Directed by Paul Greengrass, this highly regarded reconstruction of the events of Bloody Sunday (30 January 1972), when British paratroopers fired on civil rights marchers, was produced by Jim Sheridan under his production company Hell’s Kitchen. Made to commemorate the…

Bloom

Sean Walsh, 113 minutes, 2003

A vivid adaptation of Joyce’s celebrated Ulysses, Bloom is a rich costume drama about Leopold Bloom (Stephen Rea), his ribald wife, Molly (Angeline Ball), and the young intellectual Stephen Dedalus (Hugh O’Conor) going about their daily business. In a bold…

Borstal Boy

Peter Sheridan, 93 minutes, 2000

A stirring drama adapted from Brendan Behan’s autobiographical novel, Borstal Boy depicts Behan’s (Shawn Hatosy) time spent in a British reform school for young men– a borstal – during World War II. Imprisoned for smuggling dynamite to England as part…

BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE

Claire Denis,

The love triangle, a mainstay of French cinema, is given a fresh interpretation in Claire Denis’s intimate, emotionally involving and quietly devastating film, which debuted as Fire at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival, where Denis picked up the Silver…

The Boxer

Jim Sheridan, 113 minutes, 1997

An intense performance from Daniel Day-Lewis, here partnered with Emily Watson, returns Sheridan (and co-scriptwriter Terry George) to The Troubles in The Boxer. Unsettled by the more vicious attacks on In the Name of the Father, and the insistence of…

Boy Eats Girl

Stephen Bradley, 80 minutes, 2005

Straddling a divide between horror and American teen films, Boy Eats Girl has director Stephen Bradley unleash a plague of zombies on the hormonal students of a suburban Dublin school. Brought back from the dead after an accidental death, lovelorn…

The Boy from Mercury

Martin Duffy, 87 minutes, 1996

A nostalgic look at 1960s Ireland, The Boy from Mercury has Flash Gordon-loving boy Harry (James Hickey) cope with his father’s death through a conviction, acquired from his beloved science-fiction, that he is an alien from Mercury. Believing his real…

Boys from County Hell

Chris Baugh, 89 minutes, 2020

In the backwater town of Six Mile Hill, local lads Eugene and William scam hapless tourists visiting the burial place of Abhartach, a blood-thirsty vampire said to have inspired the creation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Eugene’s relations with his father…

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