Jamie Dornan

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Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme

The director of Wild Mountain Thyme has defended the accents in it, saying that a normal Irish accent would be too difficult for an international audi(...)

No matter how ‘Irish’ a drama,  representations of Ireland and the Irish can be as much about meeting expectations as subverting them.

To reduce nausea caused by Wild Mountain Thyme, the prescription is money, more of it, and not just to pay for national therapy. Money is needed to p(...)

Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme

“Welcome to Ireland!” says Christopher Walken, at the outset of the trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme, already my favourite “bad” Irish film. Then he re(...)

So close to parody... Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme

Let us get the disclaimer out of the way first. There is every chance that John Patrick Shanley’s Wild Mountain Thyme will be a masterpiece for the ag(...)

Shailene Woodley in Endings, Beginnings

ENDINGS, BEGINNINGS ★★★☆☆ Directed by Drake Doremus. Starring Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan, Matthew Gray Gubler, Lindsay Sloane, Wen(...)

Captain  Charles O’Rourke (retired): “Up until 1960 we were a garrison army. Our whole environment was parades and inspections, and all the routine of barrack life. It was a pretty unexciting thing.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The ambush of an Irish Army patrol in Niemba in November 1960 shocked the nation, not least Marie O’Rourke whose husband Charles was serving as a lieu(...)

Jay Rayner: ‘If you put “Jay Rayner” and “pompous” into Google you’ll get a lot of results,’ he says. Photograph: Levon Biss

Be warned, I am a big fan of Jay Rayner. This will definitely not be an unbiased review of his new book. In fact, I’m such a fan, it cannot really be (...)

Emma Forrest and actor Ben Mendelsohn. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

In every city I’ve lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michael’s Freedom! ’90. I a(...)

Big box office: Linda Lovelace in Deep Throat. Photograph: AMMA/Getty

Where have all the sexy films gone? If it goes on like this the tabloids will have no “sick filth” left to ban. We usually get the future wrong. A th(...)

Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan in A Private War

Anyone planning a film about a war correspondent would be well advised to avoid the cliches that hang around that profession. They drink too much. The(...)

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