Tuesday, 2 December 2014


This Dubliner has just won the Turner prize and has more filmmaking talent than a hundred Graham Cantwells! Our Film Board should award this guy funding to make a feature immediately. They need to take a break from funding crap like Standby, Gold and The stag. Campbell could make another Hunger or Snap? Give him enough money to make a feature on his own terms. It's really sad that people need their talent to get recognised abroad while our Film Board supports the latest knobhead from IADT or the Catalyst scheme. It's like when I was a kid in the 1980s and our radio stations were blaring out the latest tune from the rock band Hothouse flowers while the far, far superior Dublin band My bloody valentine got zero airplay in this country.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Run of the arrow

Another old Western with a local theme. Steiger plays an Irishman (with a strong accent) who decides he cannot live in the newly formed United States. He heads West, joins the Indians, and then helps the cavalry select a site to build a fort. Amid tensions on both sides he has to obey his new beliefs whilst preventing both groups from fighting each other. The title comes from a game where a man is chased by the Indians whilst given a head start depending on the distance shot by an arrow. Anyone who thinks Dances with wolves is anyway original needs to watch this picture! You won't read about this movie in books on Irish cinema but Fuller was just as important a director as John Ford.

Title: Run of the arrow
Genre: Emigration
New/old: Old
Cinema/DVD: DVD


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