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Eva Birthistle - The countdown begins for the Irish film industry's biggest night of the year, acknowledging and rewarding the industry's great work and achievements in this Golden Age of Irish Cinema, at the annual Awards Ceremony taking place at the Round Room of the Mansion House on Monday 14th March 2016. The Ceremony & Red Carpet will be broadcast primetime on TV3 and highlight and news clips will be distributed worldwide. The Lord Mayor will welcome the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins along with 500 guests from across the world of Film & Drama, all coming together to celebrate the continued great work and success of Ireland's home industry. The Irish Academy will also welcome Liam Neeson to Dublin to celebrate his Outstanding Contribution to Cinema and will also welcome Roma Downey who will receive the Inaugural Irish Diaspora Award. Nominations are announced in all categories and have been shortlisted by Irish Academy Members alongside a specialist Jury panel of industry experts from around the world. Number of Nominations for Best Film Titles My Name is Emily - 8 Room - 8 Sing Street - 8 Brooklyn - 7 Viva - 7 The Survivalist - 4 Number of Nominations for Best Drama Titles An Klondike - 9 Rebellion - 8 Vikings - 5 Penny Dreadful - 3 Game of Thrones - 2 Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that: "What a superb year for Irish production and this year's Nominations showcase to the world what Ireland's small but excellent film industry has to offer. Irish creative talent is delivering world-class standards of work and we look forward to showcasing and celebrating their achievements at the Ceremony". The feature films nominated for Best Film this year are Brooklyn, John Crowley's depiction of a young Irish woman's emigration to New York in the 1950's; Simon Fitzmaurice's touching teenage road movie My Name is Emily; the heart wrenching story of a kidnapped young woman and her son in Room; the entertaining and musical com - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 14th March 2016

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Eva Birthistle - The BFI London Film Festival Gala Premiere of 'Brooklyn' held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th October 2015

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Life's a Breeze Trailer


One Irish family decide to make a nice gesture for Nan by tidying up her house which was full to bursting with old newspapers and junk. After a planned day out with another family member, she returns to find her home barely recognisable as her relatives excitedly show her around. However, the one thing that does stick out is that they have replaced her old mattress - which happened to have her life savings stashed away inside. The contents of the mattress was nearly 1 million euros, so now Nan's son Colm must set out to retrieve the cash - while trying to keep his reasons private from the prying public. Unfortunately, their story soon becomes headline news and now the whole country's out looking for a million euro mattress. The question is, will their stressful search tear the whole family apart?

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Eva Birthistle - The gala screening of 'The Stag' held at the Vue West End, Leicester Square - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th March 2014

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Day Of The Flowers Review


Good

Despite a very wobbly screenplay, this film's decent cast and gorgeous setting make it worth a look. It may be a somewhat awkward mix of comical slapstick, political ideas and darker drama, but the characters hold our interest, and the story is tangled enough to keep us wondering how it will work itself out.

It starts in Glasgow, where the political activist Rosa (Birthistle) decides to take her father's ashes to Cuba, where he once worked as an activist himself and met his wife, who later died there. Rosa's fashion-obsessed sister Allie (Wakefield) decides to come along, as well as Rosa's sardonic pal Conway (Dick). As they travel across the Cuban countryside they have a series of misadventures and meet two local men (Acosta and Simpson) who are a little too sexy and helpful to be trusted. And Rosa is reluctant to either fall in love or rely on any man.

Rosa's prickly personality is a big problem for a film that asks us to take a trip with her. She's so abrasive that she's not easy to like, and Birthistle struggles to make her sympathetic. Thankfully, she's an engaging actor who brings out Rosa's shock at having her idealism challenged by reality. And she has terrific chemistry with Acosta and Simpson, who are superb even as they simplistically represent certain aspects of Cuban society. Wakefield's story arc is less involving, but she's a lot of fun to watch, and Dick walks off with the film in an underwritten comic-relief role.

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Wake Wood Review


Excellent
With deliberate echoes of classic Hammer horror, this moody and inventive thriller gets under our skin with its deeply personal plot, which pays as much attention to horror as emotion. And if the low budget shows, the unsettling premise more than makes up for it.

After the tragic death of their daughter Alice (Connolly) in England, veterinarian Patrick (Gillen) and chemist Louise (Birthistle) relocate to the tiny Irish village of Wake Wood. While settling into rural life they stumble across a creepy local ritual that might reunite them with their daughter for three days. They talk to the village elder (Spall) and agree to the rules, but they have a secret that could be their undoing. Then when they get Alice back, they decide to keep her. Although there's a heavy penalty for breaking the rules.

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Nightwatching Review


Very Good
As visually fascinating as anything Greenaway has done, this film's narrative is so convoluted that it's virtually impossible to follow unless you know the life story of Rembrandt. And even then it's a challenge.

When he's commissioned to paint a local militia group in 1642 Amsterdam, Rembrandt (Freeman) has premonitions of trouble, but goes ahead and creates a fiercely untraditional painting that reveals rather too many secrets about the musketeers depicted in it. While painting it, his sparky wife (Birthistle) gives birth to his son, but becomes seriously ill in the process, eventually causing him to turn to the family nurses (Holmes and May) for company. And when complete, the portrait, The Night Watch, has drastic repercussions on his career.

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Imagine Me & You Review


Bad
A massive cinematic industry has been cultivated on the idea that people aren't exactly in control of whom they fall in love with. But movie charades of predetermination often squelch the lure of this subject matter. Such is the fate of Imagine Me & You, a sit-comish Brit romance that waffles between Four Weddings and a Funeral's fuzzy cuteness and Notting Hill's middling novelty. The clever thing here is the homosexual relationship... you'd think. But, nowadays, even the gay angle has become a titillating surrogate for originality.

The mediocrity begins with florist Luce (Lena Headey) meeting Rachel (Piper Perabo) at her wedding to lifelong friend-become-lover Heck (Mathew Goode channeling Hugh Grant). They become smitten girlfriends since Rachel remains sexually confused. And, though Luce tells Heck she's gay -- and he tells womanizer buddy "Coop" (Darren Boyd) -- Heck remains blind to her and his wife's mutual attraction.

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Imagine Me & You Review


Bad
A massive cinematic industry has been cultivated on the idea that people aren't exactly in control of whom they fall in love with. But movie charades of predetermination often squelch the lure of this subject matter. Such is the fate of Imagine Me & You, a sit-comish Brit romance that waffles between Four Weddings and a Funeral's fuzzy cuteness and Notting Hill's middling novelty. The clever thing here is the homosexual relationship... you'd think. But, nowadays, even the gay angle has become a titillating surrogate for originality.

The mediocrity begins with florist Luce (Lena Headey) meeting Rachel (Piper Perabo) at her wedding to lifelong friend-become-lover Heck (Mathew Goode channeling Hugh Grant). They become smitten girlfriends since Rachel remains sexually confused. And, though Luce tells Heck she's gay -- and he tells womanizer buddy "Coop" (Darren Boyd) -- Heck remains blind to her and his wife's mutual attraction.

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A Fond Kiss Review


OK
Director Ken Loach (Sweet Sixteen) turns his magnifying glass of social consciousness toward an examination of romance amidst clashing cultures. Imagine My Big Fat Greek Wedding in which the ethnic family doesn't accept their daughter's non-Greek groom. Acceptance makes all the difference when non-acceptance means cultural separation, heartbreak, rigidity, and self-exclusion. Readjustment in multi-ethnic societies comes hard, as this love story dramatizes.

Young Pakistani student Tahara Khan (Shabana Bakhsh) sets off a campus melee with a fiery speech about her claim of individuality. This brings in her big brother Casim (Atta Yaqub) for a rescue from the milling crowd, helping her flee to safer quarters. They take refuge in the classroom of Irish, blond, sexy music teacher Roisin Hanlon (Eva Birthistle). Talk about contrived, but Loach likes to set up his boy-girl meets in an action context.

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Borstal Boy Review


Excellent
Irish filmmaking has always resonated with an urgent sense of political forethought. Filmmaker Jim Sheridan diligently championed the determined spirit of tortured protagonists in gutsy pictures such as My Left Foot, The Boxer, and In the Name of the Father. In the uplifting Emerald Isle melodrama Borstal Boy, Jim's brother Peter Sheridan effectively explores the trials and tribulations of a 16-year old boy's exploits behind the unbearable confines of a British World War II borstal, a reformatory center for boys, based on charismatic Irish writer Brendan Behan's memoir. Provocative and resoundingly crafty, Borstal Boy is a solid and refined piece of moviemaking imbued with passion and attitude.

Thanks to his heavy involvement in IRA-related activities, the film opens with Brendan (Shawn Hatosy, Anywhere But Here, John Q) in jail in East Anglia, England. Among the prison-camp personalities that the overwhelmed Brendan encounters are a thieving gay sailor named Millwall (Danny Dyer), whom he eventually. He also finds a love interest in the lovely and supportive Liz (Eva Birthistle), who happens to be the daughter of the facility's presiding Governor (Michael York). Consequently, Brendan begins to shape his outlook on life, challenging what was once a rigid belief system entrenched in his conservative shell.

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Life's a Breeze Trailer

Life's a Breeze Trailer

One Irish family decide to make a nice gesture for Nan by tidying up her...

Day of the Flowers Movie Review

Day of the Flowers Movie Review

Despite a very wobbly screenplay, this film's decent cast and gorgeous setting make it worth...

Wake Wood Movie Review

Wake Wood Movie Review

With deliberate echoes of classic Hammer horror, this moody and inventive thriller gets under our...

Nightwatching Movie Review

Nightwatching Movie Review

As visually fascinating as anything Greenaway has done, this film's narrative is so convoluted that...

Imagine Me & You Movie Review

Imagine Me & You Movie Review

A massive cinematic industry has been cultivated on the idea that people aren't exactly in...

Imagine Me & You Movie Review

Imagine Me & You Movie Review

A massive cinematic industry has been cultivated on the idea that people aren't exactly in...

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