John Butler

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Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

From left: actor Alejandro Patino, filmmaker John Butler and actor Matt Bomer from the film ‘Papi Chulo’ pose for a portrait during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your life?  My life has been an avalanche of privilege, but refusing to answer this question on (...)

 Hugh O’Conor - ‘the cheery Dubliner has emerged as one of our busiest hyphenates.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Hugh O’Conor is pondering the years after his breakthrough role in My Left Foot. “I didn’t do some jobs I was offered,” he says. “My parents said I h(...)

New this week: Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Men in Black: International

ALADDIN ★★☆☆☆ Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad The ongoing campai(...)

Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh Leaving Cert student Sophie Hickey. ‘I’ve tried to balance all the study and work with a bit of rest and relaxation,’ she says. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

My world is built of past exam papers and mind maps. There’s only so many ways you can answer a question, but examiners can pose them differently from(...)

Matt Bomer: 'We live in times where society is becoming more divided.' Photograph: Fred Hayes/Getty for SAGindie

Fate has made at least one effort to keep Matt Bomer in Ireland against his will. About 20 years ago, when he was still a student, he spent time as a (...)

Mostly a comedy: Matt Bomer as Sean and Alejandro Patino as Ernesto in Papi Chulo

John Butler, Irish director of The Stag and Handsome Devil, strays into hazardous territory with his first American film. Papi Chulo concerns the unus(...)

Cannes do spirit: the main competition jury at the opening ceremony of the French film festival, which is also a marketplace for film-makers from all over the world, including Ireland. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty

As you read this, the lower decks of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes are awash with producers, distributors and funders. There has been all kinds o(...)

Best actress: Jessie Buckley in the gobsmacking Wild Rose

The good folk at Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival beat the weather this year. But it could hardly have been a more closely run thing. (...)

John Butler, manager of the Portlick Scout Campsite near Athlone, preparing for more than 400 campers over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On Friday night, the first of more than 400 scouts were starting to pitch their tents for a large camping weekend in Portlick, outside of Athlone, Co (...)

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