Review: The Mercy

Despite being the inspiration for dozens of films, plays and novels (including another film coming out later this month), most will be unfamiliar with the story of Donald Crowhurst. A businessman and weekend sailor, Crowhurst (Colin Firth) chooses to enter the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race to claim the title of first person to…

Darkest Hour (or How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love Brexit)

The much anticipated follow-up and prequel to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Darkest Hour hits theatres this January as the latest instalment in the Brexit Cinematic Universe. That’s right, it’s not just comic-book and Star Wars fans that can look forward to a long series of interconnected cinematic releases in the coming years, it appears that pro-leavers…

Is a Liberal Drug Policy the Solution?

In recent times, there seems to be a growing interest in the idea of a more liberal drug policy in Ireland. If you are someone who considers this country’s drug policy to be unacceptable, or if you are someone who is considering getting on the liberal-drug-policy band wagon, then at the very least, I hope…

Review – Illuminate: Hedi Schneider is Stuck

With the huge surge in public knowledge regarding mental health in recent times, it’s refreshing to see a film that finally does the issue justice. Sonja Heiss’s Hedi Schneider is Stuck takes a truly genuine and touching look at the effects of mental illness on a family. However before I go on, I’d just like…

Review: Stangerland

The unfortunate thing about film festivals is that you’re inevitably going to watch a few disappointments as well as a few masterpieces. During this year’s Cork Film Festival I’ve gotten my fair share of both but Strangerland has outdone them all . The film revolves around the Parker family, who have moved to a new…

Cork Film Fest: Homegrown – New Shorts from Cork

The Cork Film Festival 2015 kicks off the two-week event with the Home Grown- New Shorts From Cork, and although it’s brilliant to see the festival starting off with some genuine relevant home-grown talent, unlike a certain other Cork festival (the Coronas aren’t jazz!), it’s a pity how low the quality of the shorts were….