Michael Smiley

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Niamh Algar stars as Enid, a censor working at a fictional version of the British Board of Film Classification during the height of the scare

When Mary Whitehouse, at the height of the British “video nasty” scare, declared a “battle for the soul of the nation”, she could hardly have imagined(...)

Iftas 2021: Normal People is nominated in a staggering 15 categories

The nominations for the 2021 Iftas – the Irish Film and Television Academy awards – in the film and TV drama categories have been unveiled. David Frey(...)

RTÉ drama Dead Still, featuring Eileen O’Higgins as Nancy, will receive BAI funding for its second series.

The Dry, a six-part comedy drama made by Element Pictures for RTÉ One, received the highest funding award under the latest round of the Broadcasting A(...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in Rialto

There is a late scene in Peter Mackie Burns’s searing Dublin drama that sensitive viewers will find impossible to shake from the brain. Involving a co(...)

Michael Smiley, lead actor on new RTÉ co-production Dead Still. Photograph: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images.

RTÉ and US-owned streaming service Acorn TV have commissioned a new period mystery, Dead Still, from Dublin-based Deadpan Pictures and Toronto-based p(...)

Pat Shortt

You what now? The most conspicuous issue with this ambitious Irish feature concerns its terminal identity crisis. There is little chance the allusion (...)

The Nun is trying to be like The Conjuring a falling at the hurdle. Photograph: Warner Bros

Alert the folks at the Pulitzer Prize. We have found the most sparkling dialogue of the cinematic year. “The blood of Christ!” Father Burke says, pee(...)

Hugh O’Conor, the admired actor and photographer, made a charming directorial debut with his humane comedy Metal Heart.

To celebrate 30 years on the go, the Galway Film Fleadh offered us a photographic exhibition in the Tribeton complex on Merchant’s Road. We saw Michae(...)

Johnny Harris and Michael Smiley in Jawbone: the film exists on the same mean streets as Nil By Mouth, I, Daniel Blake or the hardcore kitchen-sink milieu of the late Alan Clarke.

Just when you think the boxing movie is beyond reinvention, along comes Jawbone to give the genre a meat-punching, raw-egg-drinking workout up and dow(...)

Seventies flair: Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy in Free Fire

The latest from Ben Wheatley – prolific creator of such grim wonders as Kill List and A Field in England – can reasonably be referred to as an experim(...)

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