John Doran and Caitríona Ennis in the The Fall of the Second Republic Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In mid-March of last year, against surreal new events occurring in the world, members of the Dublin theatre industry sought the warm camaraderie of pe(...)

Supporters of US president Donald Trump  rally  in Beverly Hills, California, on October Saturday. Photograph:  David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

When I was growing up, my brother Michael took me to see old movies at the American Film Institute. An American in Paris. Shane. Mr Smith Goes to Wash(...)

Singer and actor Diahann Carroll in 1972. Carroll has died  after a long bout with cancer. File photograph: AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy

Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actor and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series, (...)

Flight of the Doves: unspools on TG4 at 11am on St Patrick’s Day

You can’t force a cult to happen. By definition such things evolve organically as enthusiasts group around some undervalued artefact. But a campaign (...)

Albert Finney: the actor in Karel Reisz’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Albert Finney Born: May 9th, 1936 Died: February 7th, 2019 There were endless revelatory moments in British cinema and theatre as the 1950s fizzed in(...)

Oprah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B Demille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Reuters

Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to be awarded a Golden Globe for lifetime achievement on Sunday, delivering an impassioned speech in suppor(...)

Viola Davis on race and TV: “Things have changed in TV, certainly, because you now have 400 television shows on the air. There are stations you’ve never heard of. Because of the sheer volume you have more opportunity for actors in general.”

We have rarely had an Oscar favourite as unassailable as Viola Davis. At time of writing, one particularly mean bookmaker has her at 1/66 to win best (...)

At a civil rights demonstration in Washington with Sammy Davis Jr

The actor and civil rights activist Ruby Dee, who has died aged 91, played an important part in the struggle for equality for African Americans, both (...)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Authorised biography is a tricky business for any filmmaker, particularly when the material spans nine decades and details the life of the lately depa(...)