The Tricycle’s Weekend of Irish Cinema – does what it says on the tin

When ‘the night before’ was St. Patrick’s day, there’s a solid chance that the last thing you want to hear about on ‘the morning after’ is further celebrations of an Irish ilk. You’ll be pleased to learn, however, that to enjoy these latest festivities you need not parade, worship or indeed binge drink. Simply enjoy with a cup of tea and a nice sit down.

In recent years, some great films have come out of the Emerald Isle, including mega-award winners such as Bloody Sunday and The Wind That Shakes The Barley. In recognition of this fact, and to celebrate the latest batch of releases from Irish shores, the Tricycle is hosting, this coming weekend (20th – 21st March), a mini-festival, aptly titled ‘The Tricycle’s Weekend of Irish Cinema’.

Broadbent and Murphy. Paddy was busy.

The highlight of the event has to be the Q&A session with the much loved and omnipresent legend that is Jim Broadbent. You’ll probably remember Broadbent for his roles in, well, everything, but his latest venture, which he is here to promote, is Perrier’s Bounty. His character, Jim, is the father of the film’s protagonist Michael (Cillian Murphy – 28 Days Later, Batman Begins), who is forced to flee Dublin after getting in way over his head with local hard-nut Perrier (Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). The film has had mixed reviews, but should be an entertaining Guy Ritchie-esque romp nonetheless. Saturday, 18:30, £18.

Ondine

Also showing are the rom-com Leap Year, 2008 drama Eden, and the new Colin Farrell film, Ondine, the story of a fisherman who unexpectedly catches what he believes to be a mermaid in his net, written and directed by Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan (Sunday, 17:30, £8).

Currently on at the Tricycle – but not part of the Weekend of Irish cinema – is the film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. To catch it on the cheap, head along on Friday afternoon for £4 (and a free cup of tea), or Monday night for a fiver. Full cinema listings here.

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