Saoirse Ronan (born 12.04.1994)
Saoirse Ronan is an Irish actress.
Childhood: Saoirse Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City but raised County Carlow, Ireland. Her parents are Paul, an actor, and Monica Ronan. She was homeschooled after moving to Ireland. She has said that she pronounces her name 'Sir-sha' although most Irish people pronounce it 'Seer-sha'.
Acting career: Saoirse Ronan made her acting debut in the TV medical drama 'The Clinic' in 2003 before appearing in the thriller series 'Proof'. In 2007, she was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for her role in 'Atonement' opposite Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. In the same year she appeared alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd in 'I Could Never Be Your Woman'. In 2008, she starred in 'Death Defying Acts' and 'City of Ember', though the former was poorly received at the box office. In 2009, she played a murdered teenager in Peter Jackson's 'The Lovely Bones' alongside Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci. The following year she was in 'The Way Back' with Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Ed Harris, In 2011, she starred as the young assassin title character in the action thriller 'Hanna' with Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. In 2013, she starred in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' with Diane Kruger and Max Irons and she was also announced to be starring in vampire flick 'Byzantium' opposite Gemma Arterton.
Get a taste of Irish talent this St. Patrick's Day.
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we recognise some of the world's top Irish actors and the impact they've had on the Hollywood film industry. The list could go on forever of course, but these are just a few whose performances on the big screen have stuck with us.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Today (March 17th) is the day that the Irish celebrate the life of the Patron Saint of Ireland, usually by drinking Guinness and wearing silly hats with shamrocks on. It's not a holiday very well understood to people outside of Ireland and, indeed, even less so outside the UK. However, we've decided to weigh in on the festivities by honouring some of the world's favourite Irish people - namely, actors that have risen to Hollywood stardom.
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At 21, Saoirse Ronan can't help but see the parallels between her family's life and the plot of her new movie Brooklyn.
Like her character in the film, Saoirse's parents moved from Ireland to New York in the 1980s, and she was born in the Bronx in 1994. "I was 3 and a half when we moved back, so this movie is really my mother and father's story," she says. "They struggled and it was hard. There were times they were doing well with work, and there were times they were broke."
Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis in the film Brooklyn
Brooklyn is set in the early 1950s, and Saoirse enjoyed reconnecting to New York while she made the movie. "I loved the spirit and energy of the place," she says. "If you're coming from a small town in Ireland and you were never exposed to American people and American culture, it can be absolutely terrifying. Last year I moved away to London, and I went through that experience of my character. I was excited but also I felt very scared about the new experience, after being away from the security of home and my parents."
Continue reading: Brooklyn Draws Parallels To Saoirse Ronan's Life
The Hollywood Film Awards fire the starting pistol on awards season in the movie industry.
British star Carey Mulligan was among the winners at the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards for her central role as Maud in the new movie Suffragette, a laundry worker who joins the fight for the right for women to vote.
The 30 year old star, who gave birth to her first child with husband Marcus Mumford just a few months ago, won Best Actress at the 2015 edition of the gongs, which are the first major ceremony in a long run of black-tie events leading up to the Academy Awards on February 28th.
The Hollywood Film Awards winners are announced in advance and are not televised, but prominently features movies not on general release and are a reasonable indicator of what will be on offer during awards season.
Eilis Lacey's life in Ireland has drawn to a standstill, there's no work and her life is quickly stagnating. It's the 1950's and the lure of the US is too strong to ignore. Landing in an entirely different country, New York is a vast site to behold but her future looks brighter now she's stateside. One of Eilis' biggest problems will be adjusting to life away from her family but there are a few people living in her new home who might be there to help.
After finally feeling like Brooklyn might be a place Eilis could find a new home, her past life catches up with her and she must pick a path to follow.
These new clips from Brooklyn give you a feeling of what to expect from the movie which is out now.
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Director John Crowley and writer Nick Hornby never even try to temper the flood of emotions that this story elicits, instead wading straight in. Thankfully, they manage to resist sentimentality at every step, although perhaps some more offhanded, edgy humour would have helped balance it better. Because as is, this film can be rather overwhelming at times, thanks to the sensitive, honest performances from the cast and a subject most people can identify with: how it feels to leave home.
It opens in 1950, as Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is reluctantly preparing to leave her home and family in rural Ireland for a new life in New York City, arranged with the help of an Irish priest, Father Flood (Jim Broadbent). As she settles into the boarding house run by Mrs Kehoe (Julie Walters), she gets a department store job and starts studying bookkeeping, all of which helps take her mind off her homesickness. She also meets the persistent, charming Italian-American Tony (Emory Cohen), and they fall lustily in love. Just as life doesn't seem so bad after all, Eilis gets bad news and has to travel home to see her family. There, she meets the eligible bachelor Jim (Domhnall Gleeson). And now she will have to make a decision about where her home is.
The film's tone is open and emotive from the very start, with warmly glowing cinematography, a surging musical score and lots of over-serious conversations. The hills of Ireland have never looked so green, the bustling streets of Brooklyn never seemed quite so exciting. There are some comedic touches here and there, but the main tone here can be summed up in the word "yearning". This is a film that's easy to identify with for anyone who has ever moved away from home, especially as it explores conflicting loyalties and unexpected opportunities. These themes are much stronger than the romantic triangle that drives the film forward.
Continue reading: Brooklyn Review
Taking your first steps into adulthood is never easy, but for a young Irish woman named Eilis Lacey it's about to get more complicated than she ever could have imagined. She is encouraged to travel across the Atlantic to Brooklyn, New York by her local priest Father Flood, seeking opportunities and a promising career. Once there she settles into a job and a place of residence, but becomes overcome by homesickness when she starts to receive letters from home. Confused about whether or not she wants to continue her life in Brooklyn, the question is answered for her when she meets a handsome bachelor named Tony at a dance who is everything she could want in a partner. However, after tragedy strikes at home, she is forced to return, and she really can't be sure if she'll make it back to Brooklyn - especially when a former flame catches her eye once again.
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With his writing-directing debut, Ryan Gosling shows audacious skill as a visual artist but never quite manages to recount a story that grabs hold of the audience. It's a stunningly gorgeous film packed with strong, earthy performances from a starry cast playing against type. But there's no momentum at all to the narrative, which is packed with random symbolism that never quite resolves into anything either meaningful or emotionally engaging.
Lost River is a decaying, abandoned city on the edge of a lake created by damming up a river and flooding another town. In what's left of their neighbourhood, Billy (Christina Hendricks) lives in her family home with her sons: a toddler and a teen named Bones (Iain De Caestecker), who helps support the household by scavenging for copper in the vacant buildings nearby. But he's encroaching on the turf of self-proclaimed gangster Bully (Matt Smith), who is intent on exacting vicious revenge. Meanwhile, next-door neighbour Rat (Ronan) is caring for her delusional granny (Barbara Steele) and trying to help Bones. And when the new bank manager Dave (Ben Mendelsohn) turns down Billy's cry for help, she takes a job at his seedy underworld nightclub alongside Cat (Eva Mendes).
Aside from some blood-soaked cabaret, what goes on in this nightclub remains rather mysterious, as Billy finds higher-paying work in the purple-hued basement fetish rooms. But then everything in this film is enigmatic, as Gosling deliberately refuses to connect the dots. This gives the film an intriguing David Lynch-style tone, although it lacks Lynch's eerie resonance. There's also a touch of John Waters-style trashiness and Terrence Malick-style natural beauty, plus the clear influence of Gosling's heavily stylised past directors Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive and Only God Forgives) and Derek Cianfrance (Blue Monday and The Place Beyond the Pines). In other words, almost everything in this film feels like a reference to another movie, but it's expertly assembled to look fabulous from start to finish, with some seriously striking sequences along the way.
Continue reading: Lost River Review
Ryan Gosling made a guest appearance at the South by South West Film Festival in Texas on Friday (13th March) and discussed his soon-to-be-released film and the 'Hey Girl' memes.
'Hey Girl' has become synonymous with Ryan Gosling but the 34-year-old actor isn't sure where it came from. Gosling was the guest speaker at the South by Southwest Film Festival and discussed his latest film, Lost River, and 'Hey Girl' with director Guillermo Del Toro.
Ryan Gosling at the premiere of Lost River in Cannes in 2014.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling Talks 'Hey Girl', 'Lost River' And Detroit At SXSW
Dark times have engulfed the world. With the steady rise of economic depression across the globe, a small town has found itself under the thumb of a feared bully (Matt Smith). Single mother, Billy ('Firefly' and 'Mad Men''s Christina Hendricks) has to engage in a dark lifestyle to provide enough for her family to survive, and provide the best life possible for her children. Her eldest son is desperate to help take some of the load off her shoulders, and ends up stealing from the Bully, earning his hatred. All the while, they town lurks on the banks of a flooded town, known to everyone as the Lost River.
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Happy 30th Birthday to The Sundance Film Festival! A whole host of stars and celebrities flocked to have their pictures taken at Sundance.
The Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, having begun on 22nd January, and wrapping up on 1st February. This year, something particularly special is in the air at Salt Lake City, as the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. That's right, the Sundance Film Festival has been running for 30 years! Starting out back in 1985, Sundance screened 86 films with the help of 13 staff members. Last year, the festival showcased 186 films of 12,218 that were submitted. That sort of growth has helped Sundance become one of the biggest independent film festivals in, not only North America, by the world.
Kevin Bacon at The Sundance Film Festival, 2015 (Credit: Larry Busacca - Getty Images)
This year, 54 first-time filmmakers are having their films premiered at the festival, but there are plenty of well-known faces there, as well, as 200 films are being shown this year for the monumental anniversary. For the 12th year running, The Village at the Lift has been set up in Park City with a café, restaurant, nightclub and photo studio. And this photo studio has seen a host of celebrities for the festival flocking in to pose for pictures in promotion for their various films, taken by Larry Busacca.
Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan - Premiere of The Grand Budapest Hotel, the opening film of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, (Berlinale), at the Berlinale Palast. - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 6th February 2014
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