Category: Review

Review: Starlet

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Writer: Alison Spittle Director: Simon Mulholland In a midlands middle-of-nowhere location Michael and Shannon have a date. If anything, it’s something to do. The cinema, a few drinks, and the customary shift. Both disheartened by the world around them, they can still dream of better things. At least they’re not dogging at…

Review: Wishful Thinking

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Writer: Shaunna Lee Lynch Director: Ciarán MacArtain Leaving a far from illustrious journalism career in London, one that involved more pouring coffee than Pulitzers, Siobhán (Karen Killenn) finds herself back home in East Cork and living with her mother Angela (Claire O’Donovan). She quickly realises that the place she left behind is…

Review: Girls in Their Married Bliss

A selection of excerpts from the final book in Edna O’Brien’s acclaimed trilogy, The Country Girls. Childhood friends Kate and Baba have long since left their rural lives and are now in 1960s London, via Dublin. Hoping for happiness or something close to it, they endeavour to find love and a meal or two along the way. Kate (Katie O’Kelly)…

Review: The Plot

Lilith isn’t seeking asylum, nor is she homeless is the physical sense, yet she is in need of safety and somewhere to rest in peace. Having died by suicide over 100 years ago she was buried in an unmarked grave, deemed undeserving of a proper ceremony for her alleged sin. Lilith’s death was a complex move to reclaim her own…

Review: The Signalman

In a grim rail side hut a lonesome signalman tends to his duties. An unexpected visitor, keen to learn about the signalman’s job, all but invites himself in. At first tentative and somewhat fearful, the signalman eventually relinquishes to the visitor’s request for information. The visitor, a physician looking for a quieter life, soon realises that all is not what…

Review: Extremities

In a quiet New Jersey farmhouse, somewhere between Princeton and Trenton, Marjorie idles the day away. Her boredom is broken by a wasp sting but little does she realise that this heralds the beginning of day that will change her life forever. The arrival of a stranger to her home, allegedly wanting to make a phone call, soon turns sinister…

Review: The Fattest Dancer at St Bernadette’s

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Triple threat Julian Le Blanc is up to high doh. It’s the 10th anniversary of his eponymous school of dance and drama but the upcoming celebratory show is far from perfect. There’s lots to rehearse, students with social problems, and an assistant who can’t really assist. If Ballybough Road thought it had…

Review: After

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. As the end of the world approaches and uncertainty is all-consuming, two documentary filmmakers follow their subjects through the mire of emotions and struggles they face. The subjects, Clara and Kip, work their way through the seven stages of the apocalypse while the documentary makers remain mostly aloof and at times directive.…

Review: Bump

  Young Londoner Lily (Rosa Torr) waits to for her name to be called at a NHS clinic. She hasn’t taken this decision lightly but she needs to do what is right for her. It wasn’t part of her plan, although she’s not quite sure what her plan actually is. Now that college is finished she has found herself back…

Review: After the End

  A work night out turns to disaster following an explosion of both words and warheads. An alleged terrorist nuclear bomb has taken out part of the city but colleagues Mark and Louise fortuitously escaped the blast. That’s according to Mark. Louise can’t remember the horrific explosion that has left most of their office friends dead. Luckily for them Mark…