The  unapologetically violent Darklands is filmed with cinematic flourish and queasy realism

Darklands (Virgin Media One, Monday, 9pm), a sombre new Irish crime drama created by filmmaker Mark O’Connor, begins by offering its young protagonist(...)

Beckett’s Room:  no performers in this Dead Centre and Gate Theatre co-production. Photograph: Kyle Tunney

BECKETT’S ROOM Gate Theatre ★★★★☆ There’s no better audience than young people, enthuses a sinister visitor to Samuel Beckett’s apartment in Nazi-occ(...)

Writers and co-directors Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd

Samuel Beckett’s chair swivels with restless energy as he types, the keys clacking out a new communiqué for the French Resistance. It is 1942, in the(...)

Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf (writer-director Taika Waititi), and his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) in Jojo Rabbit. Photograph: Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox

And just like that it was deep winter. The football season ceases for around 10 minutes. So we shouldn’t reel too much at the news that awards season (...)

John Wayne drags poor Maureen O’Hara across the windy turf like a cave man

Ask your dad about the mini-scandal that gathered around a TV series called The Spike in 1978. At this point Ireland was — to employ a term favoured(...)

Sea Fever: Neasa Hardiman’s film stars Hermione Corfield, Connie Nielsen and Dougray Scott in a science-fiction tale about a marine-biology student confronting a mysterious organism on an Atlantic trawler

Four Irish films have been announced as part of the Discovery programme at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. This strong showing at th(...)

These city films could equally be romcoms (When Brendan Met Trudy, 2000), musicals (Once, 2007) or horrors (The Canal, 2014)

Had they stopped to consider it, the audiences queueing for this year’s unexpected box office hit and awards darling, The Favourite, might have been f(...)

Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Samuel Beckett and A Christmas Carol – both with strong associations with the Gate Theatre over past decades – will return this year, but in new guise(...)

Joe’s unresolved memories bubble to the surface in grainy shots of 1980s Ireland

Chekhov once called for drama to be as naturalistic as possible by drawing one poignant example. “People eat their dinner, just eat their dinner,” he (...)

Helen Behan and Stephen Graham in Shane Meadows’s The Virtues.

Writer and director Shane Meadows is a little too good at his job. Thirteen years since the release of the Bafta-winning film This Is England, the dra(...)

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