Nicole Kidman, who will top the bill at the festival this month as the world’s flagship movie showcase celebrates its 70th anniversary. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Last month, when the programme for the 70th Cannes Film Festival was unveiled, many reports led with the news that this was the first time Netflix pro(...)

Game of Thrones: behind the scenes at Castle Black. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO

In the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the EU Channel 4 toured the northern English town of Barnsley, 68 percent of which voted for Brexit, in sea(...)

Panti Bliss. The Queen of Ireland. Rory O'Neill. Directed by Conor Horgan

A colleague recently complained about the dilution of Irish art. Work, he reckons, is being workshopped to death; collaborations are sluicing away th(...)

Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos

Six Irish films are to play at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah next month. It had already been announced that Rebecca Daly’s Mammal, a(...)

Talent pool: Colin Farrell in Yorgos Lanthimos’s brilliant, surreal satire ‘The Lobster’

Oh, Jesus! Do I have to interview Colin Farrell? That’s always like pulling bleeding teeth. “Howya! Ah, everything’s great, thank God!” he bawl(...)

The Irish co-production The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, has won the Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Essentially (...)

Palme d’Or contender: Cate Blanchett in Carol, directed by Todd Haynes

Such is the nature of the news cycle that some editions of the Cannes film festival come to be identified with satellite scandals only obliquely relat(...)

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

This correspondent has developed a theory that recent Cannes Film Festivals are a little like Star Trek films. Over the current decade, the even-numbe(...)

Actors Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Bercot at a photocall for  La Tête Haute (Standing Tall), the opening film of this year’s annual Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The 68th Cannes Film Festival began last night in marginally more low-key fashion than usual. Following criticism of last year’s opening film, Grace o(...)

John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Colin Farrell in The Lobster.

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, an Irish co-production, is to play in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Produced by Element(...)

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