Carmel Winters

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Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun

The wise old lady of Irish film festivals is back with her strongest programme in some years. Founded in 1956, the Cork Film Festival has had its gidd(...)

Oscar season in Toronto: Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born

It was a very special edition of Toronto International Film Festival for the Irish director Carmel Winters. At the screening of Float Like a Butterfly(...)

Float like a Butterfly  features a breakout performance from young Hazel Doupe as Frances, a Traveller who, in the opening scenes, sees her mother die and her father dragged off to prison. Photograph: Tiff

Float like a Butterfly, an Irish film concerning a Traveller girl who idealises Mohammad Ali, has won a major award at the Toronto International Film (...)

Steve McQueen’s indecently entertaining Widows: The film is so beautifully made, so energetically acted and – a new one for McQueen – so consistently funny that its flaws hardly matter. Photograph: Tiff

It is interesting to note that barely a single US review of Steve McQueen’s indecently entertaining Widows has mentioned Lynda La Plante. For older To(...)

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is very much in thrall to its source material

All major festivals have their traditions. It is entirely in character that screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival begin with the audie(...)

The Oscarologists may be most interested in Bradley Cooper’s take on “A Star is Born” which co-stars the director and Lady Gaga.

The Irish Times is attending the Toronto International Film Festival for the first time since 2008. It would be understating the case to argue that, i(...)

The Irish Film Board has officially announced the suite of Irish-made productions due to be released in 2018. Among the most anticipated of the Irish(...)

“Nasty feedback has no place in a writing group, and neither does saying something is lovely.” Photograph: iStock

At the recent West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, would-be writers filled 11 week-long workshops, from memoir writing to travel, fiction, and poet(...)

Salt Mountain Project Arts Centre, Dublin ***   This new play about unity and division in a time of violent upheaval lands wi(...)

The one-act play offers a double role to Kate Stanley Brennan as both Shannon and her delinquent son
Theatre review: Witness

Witness Everyman Theatre, Cork ***   The four people who know Shannon’s mobile telephone number are her son, her employer, h(...)

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