Friday 18 January 2019

Sinead leads Irish pack in global film push

Irish films are getting plenty of recognition at overseas festivals - and veteran Sinead Cusack is leading the way.

The 66-year-old, from Dalkey, will see her movie Queen and Country feature in two upcoming industry events, the London Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Cusack, who is married to fellow actor Jeremy Irons, is currently in rehearsals with Ciaran Hinds, Charlie Murphy and Tom Vaughan Lawlor for Mark O'Rowe's new stage play Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey.

The world premiere of the theatre project will take place on October 3 as part of this year's Dublin Theatre Festival and is expected to be a huge hit with audiences.

It's going to be a busy week for Cusack, as John Boorman's Queen and Country, a sequel to his Oscar-nominated Hope and Glory, has been given the nod to screen at the prestigious London event next month, with Brendan Gleeson's animation Song of The Sea also being shown.

gateway Cusack shot it last year and it saw her team up with Richard E Grant and funny man Pat Shortt.

Having already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Queen and Country will go on to appear in Busan later next month.

The Canal, starring Antonia Campbell Hughes, and Ken Loach's film Jimmy's Hall, starring Andrew Scott, are also included in the line-up for the Korean event, which is considered a major gateway to the Asian market. But that's not all that's happening when it comes to Irish productions making waves abroad.

Miss Julie will make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend.

Castleknock star Colin Farrell is installed in the male lead opposite Jessica Chastain in the flick, a €4.5m adaptation of August Strindberg's ground- breaking 1888 play.

Canadian audiences will get the chance to see the period drama on Sunday for the first time and watch Farrell show off his more serious side in front of the cameras.


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