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‘The area itself was the epicentre of porn and filth and somehow we were dancing on cars’

Forty years ago, Alan Parker’s musical about a group of teenagers at the New York High School for the Performing Arts was released. Originally titled(...)

Director Alan Parker is pictured in Moscow in 2004. File photograph: AP Photo/Misha Japaridze

Sir Alan Parker, who has died at the age of 76, was one among a wave of British directors – Ridley Scott and Adrian Lyne were others – who emerged fro(...)

The cast of The Commitments: “We gave them all mobiles – a novelty in 1990 – so we could keep tabs on them.”

I was offered a chance to film Les Misérables in the late 80s, but I chose The Commitments instead. After making several films in America, I had a yea(...)

Laura Linney with Alan Parker on the set of The Life Of David Gale in 2002. Photograph: David Appelby/Universal Studios

Alan Parker, the director of The Commitments and Angela’s Ashes, has died aged 76. A statement from a spokeswoman, sent on behalf of the family, said(...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

Pat Critchley coaching the Scoil Chríost Rí side in the Under-16A Girls’ All-Ireland Schools Cup Final at the  National Basketball Arena in  Tallaght in 2017. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pat Critchley forgets nothing. He has the natural born teacher’s gift for absorbing names and faces and remembering the best of their lessons. Some of(...)

Bronagh Gallagher. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

THE ACTOR AND SINGER ON BREXIT AND IRISHNESS, GROWING UP IN THE CREGGAN, FILMING WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO, AND THE TRIALS OF BEING FAMOUS  Th(...)

Eoin Cannon as Frank McCourt in Angela’s Ashes The Musical.

One doesn’t so much have a conversation with Malachy McCourt as furnish him with an audience. To chat with him is to be pelted with brilliant one-line(...)

Mica Paris in Fame the Musical

MICA PARIS REACHED DIZZY HEIGHTS AS A POP STAR. THAT SPELL OF FAME ENDED ON A SOUR NOTE, BUT HUGE RESERVES OF TALENT AND ATTITUDE SAW HER THROUGH. S(...)

Lazio fans have long been associated with fascism. Photo: Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Recent weeks have shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the St Stephen’s Day game at the San (...)

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