Jimmy McGovern: ‘The writers I admire write about things that matter.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

On the day I’m supposed to interview Jimmy McGovern, he has to postpone to attend the funeral of a man who lost a child in the Hillsborough disaster 2(...)

Even the staunchest joystick junkie might admit that the videogame has not had an entirely happy influence on contemporary cinema. Too many movie char(...)

Take a bow: John Boorman, whose new film, ‘Queen and Country’, may be his last. “Well, I certainly said it would be when I was making it. But one is tempted.” Photograph: Valery Hache/Getty Images

‘I was first at Cannes in 1970,” John Boorman reminisces. “Since then I have been back maybe 25 times. “I have had films in competition. I have had fi(...)

A scene from Ripper Street by the BBC, which was filmed in Dublin’s Clancy Barracks. photograph: jonathan hession mag tv

Accountants, stereotypically known for their penchant for grey suits and being in bed by 10pm, aren’t usually...well...box office.This accountant is, (...)

Domhnall Gleeson (son of Brendan Gleeson) is to appear in the 7th Star Wars film.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Rising Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson is to appear in JJ Abrams’s highly anticipated seventh episode of the Star Wars franchise. Speculati(...)

Despite President Higgins’s recent jaunt to Windsor, our British chums could not be persuaded to take much interest in the muddled Hibernian mu(...)

President Michael D Higgins and  Queen Elizabeth  before the banquet held at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson

History, good and bad, has happened inside the walls of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster for centuries and then, sometimes, it comes bac(...)

John Michael McDonagh’s problematic follow-up to The Guard begins with an ingenious, arrest(...)

Jeremy Irons and Colin Farrell at the Iftas  in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The RTÉ broadcast of the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (Iftas) on Saturday is one to file away under “I” for irony: the award c(...)

David McSavage: ‘Your mother would do anything for you, but she sort of sent you out into the world like some sort of useless orphan.’ Photograph: Eric Luke 2:49

Angry Emer is a strident career woman whose clipped nasal Mount Merrion accent would cut flesh. She will appear in the fourth series of the sat(...)