Niamh Algar

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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(...)

Florence Pugh on the set of Netflix film The Wonder in Ireland. Photograph: Netflix.

A seven-week shoot for Netflix’s The Wonder is now under way on location in Wicklow and Dublin amid hopes the post-Famine psychological thriller – an (...)

Niamh Algar in Censor

In 1984, Derek Malcolm, then film critic of The Guardian, found himself testifying in court on behalf of a zesty horror film entitled Nightmares in a (...)

We also have the interesting development of certain blockbusters – notably those in the Disney family – making their way to the small screen at more or less the same time as their theatrical release. Photograph: iStock

From witch-hunts in Fear Street to visitations in The Night House. The key mystery here is: why all the horror?  The summer is back! T(...)

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(...)

Calm with Horses: the Irish actors Barry Keoghan (left, with Cosmo Jarvis) and Niamh Algar have been nominated for Baftas for their roles in the film

Nick Rowland’s Calm with Horses, a crime drama set in rural Ireland, has scored four Bafta film-award nominations in an impressively diverse, creative(...)

Lenny Abrahamson, one of the judges in the Virgin Media Discovers competition, pictured on the set of Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

Virgin Media Ireland has awarded €9,000 to 10 filmmakers to invest in the development of their scripts in a short film competition run in partnership (...)

WandaVision on Disney+: Essentially, you can make any sort of story you want nowadays as long as it’s filtered through the medium of superheroes. Photograph: Disney

Here are the big telly events of the coming year (as far as I can tell from my holiday bunker): The Lord of the Rings (Amazon) Amazon’s upcoming Lor(...)

Virgin Media Discovers: As part of the €150,000 total prize pot, a shortlist of 10 entries will receive €9,000 each for the development of their script, while two scripts will win €30,000 each to fund the production of a 10-minute short film.

Director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriter Lisa McGee are among the judges on this year’s Virgin Media Discovers short film competition, the broadcast(...)

Cosmo Jarvis: ‘Acting has been a real passion forever.’

“I’m the worst version of myself in interviews,” says Cosmo Jarvis apologetically. “I tend to speak too much anyway. I ramble on. So I get quite heav(...)

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