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Five things we learned this week – April 26th 2013

Neil Jordan

1) Neil Jordan Retrospective at the IFI

Don’t worry he isn’t dead! The IFI has decided to have a complete cinema retrospective of the giant of Irish cinema that is Neil Jordan. Spanning from his debut Angel back in 1982 which starred Stephen Rea up until his 2009 feature Ondine on the 30th of May, preceding Jordan’s latest offering Byzantium which will be released on the 31st of May. One of the highlights will be an interview with Jordan held by his good friend and Co. Monaghan native Pat McCabe (writer of The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto). Book your tickets now!

Some of the Perks of Being a Wallflower team pick up their GLAAD award

2) GLAAD to be a Wallflower

Finally someone agrees with us! The Perks of Being a Wallflower was our combined best film of last year (read our review here) and it picked up the award for outstanding film at the GLAAD awards last Saturday. GLAAD is a U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media and they were obviously impressed by Ezra Miller’s outstanding performance. Hurrah!

3) Discoverdale

Irish Comedy band Dead Cat Bounce comprising of Demian Fox (drums), Shane O’Brien (bass) and James Walmsley (guitar and lead vocals) have made a mockumentary Discoverdale, proclaiming that their lead singer is the son of Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale! No release date as yet but you can watch the trailer below and click here to read an interview from Classic Rock magazine with the man himself with his thoughts about the film.

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sceal

4) Scéal

“Scéal” is a new TG4 programme showcasing Irish speaking writers and directors which launched on Wednesday. It challenges them to adapt a well-known story from Irish language literature or folklore and turn it into a half hour short film. First up was “Bás Arto Leary” written by Irish Times writer and all round gaelgoir Manchán Magan and directed by Luke McManus. It’s a contemporary tale of love, anger and revenge, loosely based on the 18th century poem, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire. Keeps your eyes on the TG4 player to catch a re-run and tune in next Wednesday for episode two.

5) Snore 2

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Páraic

Páraic wanted to be a gangster as far back as he can remember. Brought up on a diet of films he was too young to be watching by his brothers, all things 80s teens thanks to his sisters and the classics by his folks he's turned into a well-rounded (maybe a little too round) film lover. Only recently discovering North by Northwest, he longs for a train journey with a beautiful blond.

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