The Best Upcoming Irish Films To Watch Out For
August 15, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Grace

So far in 2017 we have already seen some major successes in the world of Irish cinema, with Cardboard Gangsters wowing audiences across Ireland and the UK, and The Farthest gaining critical acclaim across the globe.

As the season of summer blockbusters comes to an end, there are plenty of Irish releases to look forward to before the year is out. Here are some of the best upcoming Irish films to watch out for in the coming months!

Pilgrimage

Hollywood’s latest web-slinging Spiderman Tom Holland leads an experienced cast in this Irish medieval thriller. Set in the 13th century, the story follows a group of Irish monks who embark on a reluctant pilgrimage to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. Their mission soon becomes fraught with danger as they trek across a rugged landscape that’s been ravaged by years of tribal warfare.

Holland stars as The Novice, alongside Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Daredevil). The film currently rests at a fresh 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics quick to praise Bernthal’s performance as The Mute.

Genre: Medieval Drama/Thriller

Cast: Tom Holland, Richard Armitage, Jon Bernthal, John Lynch

If You Like: Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings

Release Date: August 2017

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (originally titled A Storm In the Stars) is an upcoming Irish-American romance film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and written by Emma Jensen. The film focuses on novelist Mary Shelley and her romantic relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired her to write the critically acclaimed Frankenstein.

mary-shelley

Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon, The Beguiled) takes the lead role of Mary, performing alongside Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones). Scheduled to screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Mary Shelley promises to be an in depth look at love, art, and inspiration.

Genre: Romance

Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Ben Hardy, Maisie Williams

If You Like: Brooklyn, Once

Release Date: September 2017

Maze

Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from Her Majesty’s Prison Maze, Director Stephen Burke tells the compelling tale of the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II. Led by an all-star cast of notable Irish actors such as Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Love/Hate, Charlie), Martin McCann (The Pacific, Bobby Sands: 66 Days), and Barry Ward (The Survivalist, Rebellion), these actors are well accustomed to gripping historical dramas.

maze-2017

Maze is currently boasting a 7.9/10 rating on IMDb and is certain to have audiences captured with its tension.

Genre: Mystery/Escape Drama

Cast: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Eileen Walsh

If You Like: Escape from Alcatraz, The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Release Date: 22nd September 2017

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

This is the latest feature from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. This psychological horror follows a prominent surgeon (Colin Farrell) who adopts a teenager into his family, but as the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make a terrible decision. Farrell has previously worked with Lanthimos, taking the lead role in the absurdist black comedy The Lobster.

Here he stars alongside Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, Big Little Lies), as well as up-and-coming Irish actor Barry Keoghan who recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. The film currently sits at a certified fresh 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is sure to provide a deliciously frightening couple of hours for those who dare to see it.

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic

If You Like: The Lobster, Dogtooth

Release Date: 27th October 2017

The Breadwinner

Brought to you by the Irish animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea and The Book of Kells, Cartoon Saloon’s latest feature is one of 2017’s most anticipated animated releases. Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of 11 year old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life.

She meets a fellow girl in disguise called Shauzia and together, they form a bond that will give them the strength to endure the war that comes to their doorstep in the autumn of 2001. While marketed as “a celebration of children – for children”, the quality of work from Cartoon Saloon has endeared itself to audiences of all ages.

Genre: Animation/Drama

Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Bhatia, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiq

If You Like: Song of the Sea, Secret of Kells

Release Date: November 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas

In October 1843, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) was suffering from the failure of his last three books. Rejected by his publishers, he set out to write and self-publish a book he hoped would keep his family afloat and revive his career. The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the story of the six fever-pitched weeks in which Dickens created A Christmas Carol. The film takes audiences inside the magical process that brought to life Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and others, changing the holiday into the merry family event we know today.

the-man-who-invented-christmas

Stephens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) portrays one of the most prolific novelists of all time, in this dramatic biopic that promises to be an entertaining and informative watch this Christmas season.

Genre: Biographical Drama

Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce

If You Like: The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Adventures of Mark Twain

Release Date: 3rd November 2017

Whether you’re looking for a hearty romance, a gripping drama, or even a little slice of history, these upcoming Irish films will not leave you wanting!

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Writer by day, musician by night. Passionate about film and film score. Permanently bitten by the travel bug. Also loves a good Netflix binge.

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The Best Upcoming Irish Films To Watch Out For
August 15, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Grace

So far in 2017 we have already seen some major successes in the world of Irish cinema, with Cardboard Gangsters wowing audiences across Ireland and the UK, and The Farthest gaining critical acclaim across the globe.

As the season of summer blockbusters comes to an end, there are plenty of Irish releases to look forward to before the year is out. Here are some of the best upcoming Irish films to watch out for in the coming months!

Pilgrimage

Hollywood’s latest web-slinging Spiderman Tom Holland leads an experienced cast in this Irish medieval thriller. Set in the 13th century, the story follows a group of Irish monks who embark on a reluctant pilgrimage to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. Their mission soon becomes fraught with danger as they trek across a rugged landscape that’s been ravaged by years of tribal warfare.

Holland stars as The Novice, alongside Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Daredevil). The film currently rests at a fresh 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics quick to praise Bernthal’s performance as The Mute.

Genre: Medieval Drama/Thriller

Cast: Tom Holland, Richard Armitage, Jon Bernthal, John Lynch

If You Like: Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings

Release Date: August 2017

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (originally titled A Storm In the Stars) is an upcoming Irish-American romance film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and written by Emma Jensen. The film focuses on novelist Mary Shelley and her romantic relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired her to write the critically acclaimed Frankenstein.

mary-shelley

Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon, The Beguiled) takes the lead role of Mary, performing alongside Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones). Scheduled to screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Mary Shelley promises to be an in depth look at love, art, and inspiration.

Genre: Romance

Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Ben Hardy, Maisie Williams

If You Like: Brooklyn, Once

Release Date: September 2017

Maze

Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from Her Majesty’s Prison Maze, Director Stephen Burke tells the compelling tale of the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II. Led by an all-star cast of notable Irish actors such as Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Love/Hate, Charlie), Martin McCann (The Pacific, Bobby Sands: 66 Days), and Barry Ward (The Survivalist, Rebellion), these actors are well accustomed to gripping historical dramas.

maze-2017

Maze is currently boasting a 7.9/10 rating on IMDb and is certain to have audiences captured with its tension.

Genre: Mystery/Escape Drama

Cast: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Eileen Walsh

If You Like: Escape from Alcatraz, The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Release Date: 22nd September 2017

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

This is the latest feature from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. This psychological horror follows a prominent surgeon (Colin Farrell) who adopts a teenager into his family, but as the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make a terrible decision. Farrell has previously worked with Lanthimos, taking the lead role in the absurdist black comedy The Lobster.

Here he stars alongside Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, Big Little Lies), as well as up-and-coming Irish actor Barry Keoghan who recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. The film currently sits at a certified fresh 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is sure to provide a deliciously frightening couple of hours for those who dare to see it.

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic

If You Like: The Lobster, Dogtooth

Release Date: 27th October 2017

The Breadwinner

Brought to you by the Irish animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea and The Book of Kells, Cartoon Saloon’s latest feature is one of 2017’s most anticipated animated releases. Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of 11 year old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life.

She meets a fellow girl in disguise called Shauzia and together, they form a bond that will give them the strength to endure the war that comes to their doorstep in the autumn of 2001. While marketed as “a celebration of children – for children”, the quality of work from Cartoon Saloon has endeared itself to audiences of all ages.

Genre: Animation/Drama

Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Bhatia, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiq

If You Like: Song of the Sea, Secret of Kells

Release Date: November 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas

In October 1843, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) was suffering from the failure of his last three books. Rejected by his publishers, he set out to write and self-publish a book he hoped would keep his family afloat and revive his career. The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the story of the six fever-pitched weeks in which Dickens created A Christmas Carol. The film takes audiences inside the magical process that brought to life Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and others, changing the holiday into the merry family event we know today.

the-man-who-invented-christmas

Stephens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) portrays one of the most prolific novelists of all time, in this dramatic biopic that promises to be an entertaining and informative watch this Christmas season.

Genre: Biographical Drama

Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce

If You Like: The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Adventures of Mark Twain

Release Date: 3rd November 2017

Whether you’re looking for a hearty romance, a gripping drama, or even a little slice of history, these upcoming Irish films will not leave you wanting!

Ryan Grace
Writer by day, musician by night. Passionate about film and film score. Permanently bitten by the travel bug. Also loves a good Netflix binge.

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