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Eoghan Lyng

Writer

Irish born, Glasgow-based writer with a penchant for the cinematic and an eye for the viperous


Throughout a journey found through his own writings and the writings of other filmmakers, Eoghan has taken to the spirit of the surreal to find greater meaning from the real. He finds it far easier to articulate his thoughts on the visual medium than to discuss it in the pub, surrounded by intellectuals and casual film watchers.

From teenage obsessions with the visceral designs in A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, 1975 and 1987) to the the subversive narration of nouvelles vague films such as Les Bonnes Femmes (Claude Chabrol, 1960) and Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier, 1962) Lyng has had a pervasive interest in the unknown and the esoteric. He boasted that Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985) was a masterpiece aged fourteen; it took a venture to University to corroborate this fact.

After graduating from University College Cork, Lyng travelled between Edinburgh, Bilbao, Barcelona, Madrid and Prague, taking a greater interest in cinemas European and avant garde, the modern storytelling capturing the stories and lives of characters pertaining to ourselves of great interest to him. Writing credits including The Prague Post, The Irish Post, We Are Cult, Taste of Cinema and The Playlist have served him well on this journey. Since then, familial Oscar winning Dramas (such as Tom Hooper The King’s Speech, from 2010, and James L. Br ook’s Terms of Endearment, 1983) strike him as maudlin and superficial.

Alongside, Lyng is an avid collector of film posters, his Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979) and The Crying Game (Neil Joran, 1992) posters sitting nicely beside one another in perfect synthetic posterity. Lyng is also a music fanatic, any film that successfully combines image and sound is onto an automatic winner on his watch (such as Franc Roddam’s Quadrophenia, 1979, and Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, 1978). He is available for contact on Twitter @eoghanlyng or via email at eoghanlyng@gmail.com.


Other posts by Eoghan Lyng
The Problem of the Hero
Two playwrights disagree on a scene, but this has as much to say about their backgrounds as it does their writing acumen; American drama set 80 years ago highlights some very familiar facets of racism and misogyny [Read More...]

Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill
Singer-songwriter Judee Sill never received her due, but this documentary shows that the ballads, and the balladeer, are deserving of her listener's attention [Read More...]

Nathan-ism
Retired Jewish guard recalls his experiences of Nazi Germany through his cartoon work, in this documentary of admirable beauty [Read More...]

Time Bandits is a wildly underrated film
Our long-time writer and huge Terry Gilliam fan Eoghan Lyng argues in favour of a film that has been wildly underrated and misunderstood [Read More...]

The Visitor
A suitcase lands on the River Thames, and inside it lies a man who is both a sexual and a political deviant .... Bruce LaBruce's newest feature gets the thrust in quickly - live from the 74th Berlinale [Read More...]

City of God {Cidade de Deus)
Filthy classic that catapulted Black Brazilian talent to the forefront, and inspired filmmakers worldwide, still presents us with an objective lesson in pragmatism - back in cinemas on Friday, February 23rd [Read More...]

El Águila y el Gusano
Mexican drama tries to tie a number of disparate stories about loneliness and heartbreak, in a film that's ambitious however undernourished - from the 53rd International Film Festival Rotterdam [Read More...]

Praia Formosa
Audiences experience the dirty side of Brazilian history as a 19th century slave wakes up in present-day Rio - compelling drama premieres at the 53rd International Film Festival Rotterdam [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Matthew Bauer
Eoghan Lyng interviews the man behind the many James Bonds, as his documentary about the peculiarly-named, ordinary citizens with a famous, fictitious namesake premieres on ITVX - on January 4th [Read More...]

Blank
In an attempt to escape from her reality, a troubled woman comes face to face with a nefarious android, in this duel between woman and AI - British sci-fi drama is available for digital download on Monday, January 8th [Read More...]

Not a Rock Doc (A Shark’s Tale)
Two British "Sharks" from the 1970s discuss their rock'n roll career, as they familiarise themselves with the trappings of the 21st century - from the Doc'n Roll Film Festival in London. [Read More...]

Napoleon
An ambitious Frenchman rises through the tracks, but his military victories are undermined by his marriage - Ridley Scott's underwhelming historical drama is in cinemas on Wednesday, November 22nd [Read More...]

Looking for love? These debut features are bursting with passion!
After many years covering the event remotely, one of our longest serving critics attended the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in person and reviewed the entire First Feature Competition (and more) exclusively for you; these are the highlights [Read More...]

Skunk
A teenager from a broken home has to confront their demons, in this compelling adaptation of a Geert Taghon novel - from the International Youth Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

All, Or Nothing at All
In this bold Chinese commentary on mass consumerism, audiences are forced to ask difficult questions about their lives - from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Stairway to Heaven (Taevatrepp)
Time travel is possible! This peculiar Estonian film demonstrates that we can communicate with ourselves in two disparate timelines - from the the Baltic Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Giant’s Kettle (Hiidenkirnu)
A man and a woman go on about their daily lives in a series of static shots, in a superlative achievement of modern-day silent cinema - from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Eastern Front (Idarinne)
Mostly handheld, guerrilla-style documentary takes audiences to the heart of the Ukraine War; the outcome is haunting - live from the Rebels With A Cause Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Tentigo
In this batty Sri Lankan film, a family have to deal with daddy's dead body and... ermmm... his throbbing boner - from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Cat Call (Cicaverzum)
Fáni has never been lucky in love, but she's finally found a doting (and meowing) partner who she can introduce to her mother - from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Endless Summer Syndrome (Le Syndrome de l’Eté Sans Fin)
A young lawyer living the perfect life receives a phone call that throws her existence into disarray - accomplished, taboo-busting French drama premieres at the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Fisherman’s Daughter (La Estrategia del Mero)
A trans woman returns to the Caribbean island from which she escaped, in a compassionate movie about acceptance - from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Body Odyssey
Bodybuilder Mona takes extreme measures In order to become Miss Universe, egged on by her manager as well as her sexual fantasies about a handsome teen - live from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

King Khat
An Israeli entrepeurneur stumbles onto something big when he creates a product that's almost as colourful as the film it's in - from the Rebels With a Cause Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Peasants
In this impressive and colourful adaptation of a Nobel Prize winning book, a Polish woman must face the consequences of her decisions - in UK cinemas on Friday, December 8th [Read More...]

Dilli Dark
A black man from a former British colony experiences prejudice in a film that tips its hat at Indian mythology - from the the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Inpaintings
A precocious Turkish woman gets a new lease of life when she's asked to restore an old painting - live from First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Bad Actor (Un Actor Malo)
A handsome, prosperous actor has to answer for his inappropriate actions in this strong but uneven drama - from the Official Selection of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Mr and Mrs Stodola
The real-life story of a Czech couple that went on a shocking, unrepentant killing spree becomes a tight and tense thriller - live at the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Moon is Upside Down
New Zealand indie tries to unite the despair of three very different women into in one compelling and tidy story, but does not reach its full potential - live at the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Falling Into Place
A German lady and a Scottish man live out their memories on the streets of London, in this highly accomplished German film - from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Ghosts Cult And Big Brother: Mad On The Final Black Night
Korean film uses explicit sex and exuberant visuals as peculiar gauge if war, without prescribing to Western storytelling - live from the Rebels With a Cause Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Unmoored
Can a seemingly happy and loving marriage survive after the husband has been accused of sexual assault? British indie raises uncomfortable questions at the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Mo Mamma
Impressive Estonian feature starts out as a Beckettian horror before turning into something endearing and heartfelt - from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Vera and the Pleasure of Others (Vera y el Placer de los Otros)
Argentinian coming-of-age drama features sex scene after sex scene, with a bizarre twist of Jean-Luc Godard thrown in - from the First Feature Competition of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White
In this queer drama from Nigeria (!!!), two men try to quell the love they feel for each other, even at the expense of their personal happiness - from the 31st edition of Raindance [Read More...]

Miúcha, the Voice of Bossa Nova
Brazilian bossa nova singer had to fight to get her voice heard in an industry that pitted her against the many men she worked with - from the Doc'n' Roll Film Festival. [Read More...]

Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed
The complicated life and the dirty secrets of the heartthrob "wanted by both men and women" are the pillars of this sobering documentary - on Digital on Monday, October 23rd [Read More...]

A garden full of poetry: PÖFF announces First Feature Competition titles
Eoghan Lyng, one of DMovies' oldest writers, is due to attend the 27th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and unearth the dirty gems from the First Feature Competition; he takes a look at the programme and shares his first impressions [Read More...]

A Silence (Un Silence)
Belgian feature looks at a married couple, particularly a wife, and exposes the fragile nature of their relationship in shocking, scintillating detail - live from the 71st San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

Smoking Causes Coughing (Fumer Fait Tousser)
In this anthology, Quentin Dupieux looks at the dangers of smoking, heavy machinery and human folly through a series of scintillating stories - on Mubi in August [Read More...]

Medusa
Presented as a "genre-bending horror", this dirty Brazilian gem feels more like a rallying cry for women all over the world - in cinemas across the nation on Friday, July 14th [Read More...]

Sunlight
In this redemptive Irish tale, a recovering addict finds the courage to live a life without his mentor and fellow "Viking" - in cinemas on Friday, June 16th [Read More...]

To Nowhere
In this frank but fair account about queer love and teenage rebellion, director Sian Astor-Lewis offers a strangely piercing fable about alcoholism in a desolate part of London - in cinemas on Friday, June 30th [Read More...]

The Other Fellow
Imagine sharing your name with a fictional character? Meet the real-life James Bonds, in this very peculiar documentary - on ITVX on January 4th (also available on other streaming services) [Read More...]

Master Gardener
A gardener with a murky past is offered a second chance in life when he agrees to mentor a distant relative of his boss - Paul Schrader's new film is on all major VoD platforms on Monday, July 3rd [Read More...]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
In what is said to be the last entry in the trilogy, The Guardians of The Galaxy chase off extra-terrestrials in the hope of finding some closure. Which they they don't! In cinemas Wednesday, May 3rd [Read More...]

The 10 Bruce LaBruce films that don’t exist
Eoghan Lyng has imagined 10 dirty movies that Bruce LaBruce never made, in a surprising list that delighted the Canadian director himself - in partnership with Doesn't Exist Magazine [Read More...]

Shazam! Fury of the Gods
The newest film in the ever expanding DC Comics canon is banal and boringly predictable; it's all whizz, action and panache, and little beyond - in cinemas Friday, March 17th [Read More...]

Riotsville USA
American documentary conducts a probing investigation into one of the USA's most shameful moments in history, the Vietnam War, offering few answers but many damning insights - in cinemas on Friday, March 31st; on all major VoD platforms the following week [Read More...]

The top 10 dirtiest sequels ever made!
Eoghan Lyng selects the most thought-provoking, twisted and dirtylicious film sequels ever made; the list is dedicated to championing the younger, mightier siblings that Hollywood has often overlooked [Read More...]

Tomorrow is a Long Time
A teenager longs to escape from a home collapsing under the weight of grief; a life-altering event catapults him into an exciting adventure - Singaporean drama premieres at the Berlin Film Festival [Read More...]

A Man Called Otto
In this sickly sweet comedy drama, Otto Anderson embraces the present moment, after years of living in a cloud; anyone hoping for American Beauty II will be disappointed - in cinemas on Friday, January 6th [Read More...]

If These Walls Could Sing
Mary McCartney returns to the British recording studios where her father recorded some of the most staggering records in pop history; both surviving Beatles turn up for interview, as does a roster of familiar faces - out on Monday, January 9th [Read More...]

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Daniel Craig reprises his role as Benoit Blanc in this plodding sequel to Knives Out. Beatles fans should give this film a miss, but then so should everyone else - on Netflix on Friday, December 23rd [Read More...]

Husband
In this piercing, polished documentary, a married couple discuss their views and fears to a camera that spies on their each and every movement - in cinemas and also on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, February 10th. [Read More...]

The Flour Test (O Teste da Farinha)
Brazilian journalist and filmmaker offers British viewers an overview of his native country, and its complicated history of male homosexuality. [Read More...]

Jailbird
Can we escape our inner turmoils? Giancarlo aches to goes back to the prison cells that nurtured him, but the cost of his return could be too dear - Italo-Ukrainian film premieres at the Official Competition of the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Servus Papa, See You in Hell
Imagine growing up in a place where sex is allowed, but love forbidden? Well, there was once a commune in Vienna where just that happened... in the Official Competition of the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Pensive
Billed as the first slasher to come from Lithuania, this greasy movie is a visually inventive foray into a well-worn genre - from the Baltic Competitio at 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Return to Dust
Fast-rising Chinese filmmaker directs this charming tale about arranged marriage, and the intricacies that strengthen/hamper a bond of convenience - on VoD on Friday, December 16th [Read More...]

Black Adam
A disappointing entry from DC Comics, they abandon intellectualising their audiences in favour of a hackneyed spectacle that won't entertain the most sympathetic of moviegoers - in cinemas on Friday, October 21st [Read More...]

Spanton vs the French Police (Le Proces du 36)
French documentary discusses a gang rape that occurred in recent years, offering no clear answers however raising many sensible questions - from the Raindance Film Festival [Read More...]

Four Samosas
A jealous South Asian American rapper decides to ruin his ex's impending engagement announcement, to hilarious results - from the 30th Raindance Film Festival [Read More...]

Vicky
Documentary about cancer attempts to look at Ireland's shabby treatment of women; it doesn't hit the mark, but the interviews are heartwarming - in cinemas on October 7th [Read More...]

Bloody Oranges (Oranges Sanguines)
Jean-Christophe Meurisse unveils a film that is stronger on feeling than form, peering into the lives of five unlikely characters caught up in five different scenarios - on all major VoD platforms on Friday, September 16th [Read More...]

Blackbird
Subpar spy thriller posits a former dancer as a James Bond type spy; the outcome is as bland as it sounds - in cinemas on Friday, September 2nd [Read More...]

Anais in Love (Les Amours d’Anaïs)
Charming French indie film directed with tenderness by a female director centres on a companionship enjoyed between two unlikely partners - now on Amazon Prime and BFI Player [Read More...]

Eiffel
Superficially based on the building of the Eiffel Tower, this dirty gem of a French movie is more interested in the love story that led to this almost herculean of endeavours - in cinemas Friday, August 12th [Read More...]

Prizefighter
Boxing drama featuring Russell Crowe and partiaclly inspired by the life of Jem Belcher deliver emotional punches that hit harder than the physical blows to the head - on Prime Video on Friday, July 22nd [Read More...]

Donna
In this probing documentary with a sensibility akin to Oscar Wilde, a transgender playwright commits their most important tale to page and screen - in cinemas on Friday, July 15th; also available on Digital [Read More...]

Thor: Love and Thunder
The fourth entry in the Thor series demonstrates a more searching character fighting a menace that's deadlier, and more expensive, than any he's fought before, yet the outcome is utterly predictable and soporific - in cinemas on July 8th [Read More...]

The Last to See Them (Gli Ultimi a Vederli Vivere)
A family grapples with an eerie, insidious force that may prove the death of them - watch this jarring Italian thriller for free during the entire month of December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

Oasis
Set in an institute for people with disabilities, an unlikely love triangle emerges - watch Serbian movie online and for free during the entire month of December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

Petit Samedi
Filmed in Belgium, this documentary tells a tale of drug addiction that will be familiar to many of our readers, albeit one laced with hope, love and family - watch it online for free in December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

LOMO – The Language of Many Others
Drifting in and out of reality, the frustrated Karl finds greater solace within the privacy of his room than he does in the world outside - watch it for free online in December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

Miguel’s War
In this probing confessional, a frightened Lebanese gay man makes peace with his past - documentary premieres at Raindance [Read More...]

Bull
Seemingly missing for 10 years, the titular animal is back in town-and this time he wants revenge on his ex-girlfriend's dad - on Netflix on August 18th [Read More...]

No Time to Die
Retired from Her Majesty's Secret Service, James Bond is called back into duty when he uncovers a plot that could wipe out mankind - now on most VoD platforms [Read More...]

Wildfire
Two sisters are forced to reconcile with some memories of their mother in a deeply lyrical movie about modern Northern Ireland - in cinemas on Friday, September 3rd [Read More...]

Wendy
In this exquisite re-telling of Peter Pan, Behn Zeitlin offers an evocative portrait of youth, drenched in dazzling colours - in cinemas on Friday, August 13th [Read More...]

The Suicide Squad
This poor rehash of the eponymous 2016 movie is one of the most misguided superhero films of the past 10 years, dogged by cliches and resentment - on VoD on Monday, August 30th [Read More...]

WITCH: We Intend to Cause Havoc
Fancy a taste of African rock? This documentary looks at one of the very best bands from Zambia - in selected cinemas and VoD on Friday, July 2nd [Read More...]

Wrestling with disability… and slamming it!
Eoghan Lyng talks to RJ Mitte, the American star of Breaking Bad and the new wrestling thriller TRIUMPH; he does not perceive cerebral palsy as a handicap - in exclusive interview [Read More...]

Triumph
A high-school student with cerebral palsy is determined to join the wrestling team, but can his body withstand the fight? American drama is on various VoD platforms on Monday, June 28th [Read More...]

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Koirat Eivät Käytä Housuja)
Widowed cardiac surgeon Juha finds new found pleasure in a dominatrix . But how will this newfound hobby affect his relationship with his daughter?  Dirty Finnish drama is now on VoD and Blu-ray [Read More...]

Gunda
In this beautiful documentary, Victor Kossakovsky offers us an insight into the workings of the everyday animal: a pig and her piglets - film exec produced by Joaquin Phoenix is on VoD on Monday, July 5th [Read More...]

Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About Idles
This new documentary shows one of the most exciting indie bands the UK has produced in recent years; both the movie and the artist are raw and exciting - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Human Factor
Oscar-nominated doc largely told from an American perspective depicts US presidents (particularly Bill Clinton) as cautious negotiators of the Israel-Palestinian conflict - out on Friday, May 21st. [Read More...]

The 8th
Ireland has a difficult relationship with the subject of abortion; documentary reveals the arguments from both sides of a 35-year debate - on VoD on Tuesday, May 25th [Read More...]

The Runner
Mother and son face each other off, in this probing American crime drama starring Elisabeth Röhm - from the London Independent Film Festival [Read More...]

The two men who filmed “Don Quixote”
Eoghan Lyng interviews Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, the two documentarists who registered Terry Gilliam's very personal and Quixotic quest during the completion of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [Read More...]

Justine
A young queer woman from Brighton struggles with many tempers, in a movie bolstered by the protagonist's performance - on VoD on Friday, March 5th [Read More...]

Shook
A social media star becomes the target of a shocking, murderous online campaign, in this exhilarating American horror movie - exclusively on Shudder [Read More...]

A Nightmare Wakes
The Frankenstein novel gets transposed into the life of Mary Shelley: the author gives birth to a monster just as she pens her masterpiece - on VoD on February 4th [Read More...]

Spiral
Set  in the midst of Clinton's America, a same sex couple are introduced to evils even greater than those that target LGBT clubs - out now on VoD [Read More...]

Baby Done
Professional tree climber Zoe is set to travel overseas, when a pregnancy changes everything she's worked for in her life - New Zealand comedy is on Digital on Friday, January 22nd [Read More...]

Cat in the Wall
Brexit-era dramedy showcases a South London council estate reconciling their truths amidst the backdrop of xenophobia and... erm... a very curious cat - watch it for free this December only with ArteKino  [Read More...]

Sebastien Tellier: Many Lives
Pop's enfant terrible? Documentarist makes a compelling argument for French artist - watch it online for free in December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

Negative Numbers
Enclosed in a prison, Georgian filmmaker presents a story of survival amidst great upheaval - watch it for free during the month of December with ArteKino [Read More...]

Lessons of Love
We could all do with a lesson or two in romance, particularly when you're better used to the hide of a cow than to the thighs of a loving woman - available to watch for free in December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

Patrick (De Patrick)
We all like some good ol' naked drama, but this Belgian feature set in a naturist camp takes it one step further - available on VoD on Friday, November 20th [Read More...]

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
Sequel of 2016 Korean zombie thriller offers frenetic and devilish fun to popcorn-loving moviegoers stuck at home - on Digital on Monday, November 23rd [Read More...]

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful
This hagiographic feature commemorates one of the most astonishing photographers in his field, but how does his work match up to modern standards? On Curzon Home Cinema and Digital on Friday, October 23rd [Read More...]

The Bay of Silence
Olga Kurylenko and Claes Bang star as grieving parents in this very fine Anglo-Dutch crime thriller set between England and France - on DVD and VoD on Monday, September 28th [Read More...]

Real
Aki Omoshaybi's debut feature essays a young British couple shaping up their lives, in the mould of their partner's image, but are they truthful to each other? In cinemas Friday, September 11th [Read More...]

Neither good nor evil!
Eoghan Lyng talks to Cathal Nally about his debut feature BE GOOD OR BE GONE, about two prisoners on temporary release in a very "durty" Irish capital [Read More...]

Away
A boy and a little bird travel across the fantastic world entirely crafted by Latvian artist and filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis, in this animated movie comparable to Disney's Fantasia - in cinemas Friday, August 28th [Read More...]

Flash Gordon
Forty years after it was initially released, this dirty classic has lost none of its charm, cheek or ambition - 4k restoration is in cinemas on Friday, July 31st [Read More...]

Cruel Intentions
This racy adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS caused a storm upon release in 1999.Two decades later, does the frisson still stand? On Amazon Prime on Friday, July 24th [Read More...]

Family Romance, LLC.
A charming Japanese "hire father" and his "daughter" build a strange yet affectionate relationship, in Werner Herzog's latest drama - on VoD on Friday, July 3rd [Read More...]

Inheritance
Daddy passes away and leaves behind a shock inheritance that could destroy his family's life, in his American thriller starring Simon Pegg and Lily Collins - on DVD and Digital on Monday, July 6th [Read More...]

The Uncertain Kingdom
Viewers are invited to watch a Britain unnervingly unfamiliar, in this ground-breaking anthology of twenty short films from 20 directors - on VoD on Monday, June 1st [Read More...]

Soundtrack to Sixteen
This British comedy about teenagers searching for love before learning to love themselves is a real delight to watch - on VoD from Monday, May 4th [Read More...]

Be Good or Be Gone
Two criminals are released from Mount Joy to a Dublin that has both celebrated and ruined their lives, in this self-funded and convincing indie from Ireland - on Tuesday, April 13th on various platforms [Read More...]

The Host
Journeying to Amsterdam, a banker finds his lodgings to be even more dangerous than his spurious mission, in a film that evokes Hitchcock in more ways than one - on VoD on Friday, April 17th [Read More...]

The Town
Ben Affleck's 2010 crime thriller is a meditation on love at a time of great peril, and it has now been made available on Netflix! [Read More...]

Moffie
Sexual tensions heat up between two army recruits, torn between their duties to their hearts and to the South African regime - on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, April 24th [Read More...]

The Whalebone Box
A box made of whale bone may contain mystical powers, the documentary crew uncovers on their long pilgrimage to the Scottish Isles - out on Blu-ray on Monday, June 7th [Read More...]

Koko-di Koko-da
Two grieving parents find themselves living through a continuum of nightmares, each more horrific than the last - on VoD on Monday, September 7th [Read More...]

Quezon’s Game
In this biopic of the titular president of The Philippines, Filipino actor Raymond Bagatsing remembers the leader as an often forgotten WW2 hero - in cinemas Friday, January 31st [Read More...]

Mr Jones
Indomitable Welsh journalist Gareth Jones revealed the atrocities of the Soviet Union in the 1930s to the world, in this drama starring James Norton - now also available on VoD [Read More...]

Show me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall
Photographer Jim Marshall snapped some of the most indelible portraits of the 1960, in documentary capturing both the young artist and the old veteran - in cinemas Friday, January 31st [Read More...]

The Gentlemen
After a decade directing more family-friendly fodder, Guy Ritchie is back with a more traditional crime caper. He probably shouldn´t have bothered - in cinemas on Wednesday, January 1st [Read More...]

Saying goodbye for good…
Our writer Eoghan Lyng picks his top 10 dirty movies about terminal disease and reflects about the positive lessons can we can learn from such tragic predicaments [Read More...]

A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life
Imagine finding out your friend is a serial killer? This delicious British comedy is a coffin of evil puns - on Digital on January 13th [Read More...]

Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker
Emperor Palpatine has returned with the nefarious Kylo Ren by his side, and they are looking to control the distant galaxy - now available on VOD [Read More...]

Cats
Broadway adaptation takes Andrew Lloyd Webber's cycle into hallucinogenic and apocalyptic territory - in cinemas Friday, December 20th [Read More...]

Messi and Maud (La Holandesa)
A Dutch woman in her 40s, childless and sorrowful, finds unexpected solace on a trip to Chile - watch it for free during the month of December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

Sad Song (Chanson Triste)
Parisian Baroque singer Elodie Fonnard and Afghan refugee Ahmad exchange songs, poetry and hope, in this exquisite mixture of documentary and fiction - watch it for free with ArteKino in the month of December only! [Read More...]

Philophobia
A small English town directs its villagers in directions of which none would have ever conceived - in cinemas on Friday, October 30th [Read More...]

Finky
Deliciously bonkers Irish film tells the story a musician and puppeteer called Finky, and it's a bewildering visual spectacle - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Land Without God
Gerard "Mannix" Flynn discusses with family members the institutional abuse that the Irish Church and state has inflicted upon them - in Irish cinemas [Read More...]

A Bump Along the Way
A 44-year-old single woman finds herself carrying a pregnancy following a one night stand. How will her 15-year-old daughter feel about this? Irish comedy is in cinemas Friday, October 11th [Read More...]

Ladyworld
After tragedy strikes, eight girls find themselves stranded inside a house without electricity, in this all-female thriller with echoes of Tarantino - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Suzi Q
Rockumentary celebrates an often-overlooked avant-garde artist, who excelled in pure rock'n roll audacity nearly five decades ago and still continues to do so - now available on VoD! [Read More...]

Chained for Life
Is this the real life Beauty and the Beast? Exquisite, idiosyncratic pop feature starring Jess Weixler and Adam Pearson finds profound beauty in facial disfigurement - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Etienne Charles’s docushorts
Take a journey through the sensual world of Creole, in this short yet fascinating retrospective of jazz professor Etienne Charles - from the Native Spirit Festival [Read More...]

K’Na Dreamweaver
A young princess of the T'boli indigenous group of the Philippines discovers that she has been chosen by the gods as her village's dreamweaver - from the Native Spirit Festival [Read More...]

Secretaries – A Life for Cinema (Segretarie – Una Vita per il Cinema)
Six personal assistants tell what was like to work in film when Italian movies won one award after another, presenting a history soon to be lost to memory - from the Cambridge Film Festival [Read More...]

Paper Boats
A family of children leave their home to spend time with their agrarian Grandfather in this charming tale from Mexican director Yago Muñoz - from the Cambridge Film Festival [Read More...]

Sea of Shadows
The vaquita are being driven to extinction by vast amounts of gillnetting placed by totoaba traffickers near Mexico. Now a group of people have come to their rescue - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Thirza Cuthand Retrospective
Indigiqueer Canadian filmmaker experiments with language, and radically questions the division between art and everyday life - from the Native Spirit Festival [Read More...]

Extra Ordinary
A satanic rock star, a driving instructor with paranormal powers and a widower must face very different demons, in this spectral comedy from Ireland - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Honeyland
Isolated in doctrinal solitude, a beekeeper’s earnings are threatened by the passage of time and family, in this quietly exuberant doc in the mountains of North Macedonia - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Big Meeting
Superb documentary reflects the past, present and future of the Durham Miners' Gala and labour movement, whilst following four protagonists over the course of this impressive working-class occasion - now available on DVD [Read More...]

Animals
Old friends and party animals Laura and Tyler brave the streets of Dublin in search of freedom, mischief, cocaine and... er... wedding dresses - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Shock of the Future (Le Choc du Futur)
In the male-dominated music industry of Paris in the 1970s, Ana uses electronic gadgets in order to create a brand new, dirty sound - in cinemas from Friday, September 13th [Read More...]

The Candidate (El Reino)
Nail-biting Spanish political thriller from the producers of Dogman is a near-perfect movie, bar its protracted duration - in cinemas and digital HD on Friday, August 2nd [Read More...]

10 films about The Troubles
Eoghan Lyng lists 10 dirty movies about the chaos and conflict that prevailed in Northern Ireland for several decades, until the signing of The Good Friday Agreement in 1998 [Read More...]

Kurier
Philippe Tłokiński stars as real-life Polish war hero Jan Nowak-Jeziorański in the latest blockbuster from cult director Władysław Pasikowski - in cinemas Friday, June 28th [Read More...]

Ashes in the Snow
Fifteen-year-old girl is deported to Siberia during the Soviet occupation of the Baltic nations, in a film with strong echoes of Steven Spielberg's most harrowing movie - on DVD and digital HD on Monday, July 15th [Read More...]

Mari
Starring acclaimed dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, this is the tale of a London dancer caught between the beauty of choreography and the constraints of reality - in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Widow of Silence
Living in a conflict-ridden Kashmir, a "half widow" must find the strength to fight for herself in an absurd situation all too real - from the London Indian Film Festival [Read More...]

Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes
Renowned mountaineer pierces together his momentous life with the help of books and images from the past, as he encounters his worst enemy ever: memory loss - in cinemas Friday, May 10th. [Read More...]

My Days of Mercy
Till death do us part? Daughter of a man on death row falls in love with a female campaigning for the death penalty, in British-American romance starring Kate Mara and Ellen Page at the top of their game - on VoD on Monday, August 5th [Read More...]

Active Measures
Director/co-writer Jack Bryan's film showcases a comprehensive account of Russian interference during the controversial 2016 US presidential elections - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration
Chaka Khan, James Taylor, Graham Nash and many others join forces on stage in order to celebrate a living songwriting legend - in cinemas on Thursday, March 21st [Read More...]

Brief Story from the Green Planet (Breve Historia del Planeta Verde)
Argentinean film about three LGBT friends who encounter an alien at granny's has echoes of Alfonso Cuaron and Nicolas Roeg - winner of the Teddy Bear award in Berlin [Read More...]

Binders full of men???
Marianne Farley is the only female director to receive an Oscar nod this year, for her short film Marguerite (about an older woman coming to terms with her sexuality); she talks to us about generational themes, representation and more! [Read More...]

The five 2019 Best Short Film Oscar nominations reviewed for you!
Short films often get overshadowed by the glitz and glam of their feature counterparts in the Oscars, but not this year; check out our dirty reviews of each one of the five nominations this year, including a very controversial Irish/British production [Read More...]

Is it acceptable to portray a horrific real crime in film?
Irish filmmaker Vincent Lambe encountered fierce opposition to his film about the James Bulger murder, which has received an Oscar nod. Our Irish writer Eoghan Lyng raises questions about these reactions, arguing that Detainment isn't exploitative and doesn't condone the murders [Read More...]

Detainment
Filmmaker recreates one of the most shocking and inexplicable crimes of recent times, the murder of James Bulger, and he is neither judgemental nor complacent - extremely controversial British/Irish production receives Oscar nod [Read More...]

Newly Single
After being dumped by his girlfriend, an aggressive and egotistical Astor embarks on an erratic dating crusade, in profoundly dark comedy about hurt egos and cruel psyches - available now on VoD [Read More...]

An Impossible Love (Un Amour Impossible)
French drama detailing the lives of two lovers during four decades is a canny tale of chauvinism and quiet domestic suffering - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Those Who Are Fine (Dene Wos Guet Geit)
Call centre worker Alice begins scamming elderly women, and the interwoven consequences of her deeds could be serious - available until December 31st on ArteKino. [Read More...]

Heart of Glass
Doc follows French glass-blower Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, recounting his personal endeavours through glass menageries and... dirty sounds! Available now with Walk This Way [Read More...]

Three Identical Strangers
Three triplets, separated at birth from one another are rekindled to find each other, just as they find out more about one another and about themselves - now available on Netflix [Read More...]

Tonio
Dutch filmmaker directs compelling drama about two grieving parents, stirred and shaken as they hear the news their only child has been killed in a car crash - watch it now with Walk This Way [Read More...]

Black Divaz
Six Aboriginal drag queens compete for the title of Miss First Nation pageant in Australia. What does it take to be crowned the winner? Doc opens the Native Spirit Festival, taking place from October 11th-21st [Read More...]

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la Belle Education)
Both a coming-of-age and a coming-out film, this French drama centres on an young man fleeing from his village for being different. Through the life he encounters and the people he meets leads him on this path to reinvention - in cinemas Friday, September 14th [Read More...]

Iceman (Der Mann aus dem Eis)
Fancy some ice-cold pasta? Film set in the snowy Alps during the neolithic period takes inspiration from European mummy found in 1991, and it has flavours of spaghetti Western - now available for digital streaming [Read More...]

Eaten by Lions
When Pete and Omar lose their beloved Gran they go in search of Omar's estranged father, confronting him on the day of his daughter's engagement party - now on VoD and DVD [Read More...]

Genesis
What happens when a humanoid outsmarts its creators? British sci-fi has good performances, but doesn't add much to the sci-fi genre - available for digital download on July 9th and on DVD on July 16th [Read More...]

The Lodgers
Gothic Irish horror about haunted house makes good and imaginative use of a classical filmic devices, but there's also a very English problem with casting - out on June 25th [Read More...]

Fred
Freddie Foreman reveals everything in this tell all documentary. Looking back on a life in crime, Foreman looks for forgiveness from his audience and from himself - available for digital download on Monday, May 28th, and it's out on DVD June 5th. [Read More...]

Skid Row Marathon
Documentary centres on a criminal court judge who organises a running club, comprised of inhabitants from L.A.’s Skid Row in the hope of discovering some sense of worth - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
He did it his way! Meet the profoundly gifted, charismatic and subversive fashion illustrator and artiste capable of sweet talking even the most hardened of editors, while refusing to meet deadlines and to work cooperatively - in cinemas Friday [Read More...]

Nae Pasaran
How do you sabotage a nasty dictator like Pinochet? These four Scottish Rolls-Royce factory workers had a very peculiar and effective idea - join the watch party on Sunday, April 5th [Read More...]

Liquid Truth (Aos Teus Olhos)
Even Brazilian jocks get the blues! Rubens has the town eating out of his hand as a popular swimming instructor. But when an accusation of misdemeanour arises, will it spell the end of Rubens career? Film inundated with the colour of water shows at the Glasgow Film Festival [Read More...]

Dayveon
Shooting your way through adolescence? Black American teen finds personal liberation in artillery and gang crime, in a timely drama symptomatic of a country grappling with gun control - from the Glasgow Film Festival [Read More...]

Old Beast
Where crime meets grime! Gritty and barren-looking Chinese city of Ordos is the backdrop to a morally ambiguous family drama about corruption and greed - from the Glasgow Film Festival [Read More...]

Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Doc about the career highs and lows of Rat Pack impresario Sammy Davis Jr, whose dedication to his art came at a cost to his personal life., takes a reflective look at his art but fails to transcend his death - from the Glasgow Film Festival [Read More...]

The Tower (La Torre)
Doc about mysterious explosion in Colombian library is profoundly lyrical, unsettling and ambiguous, much like the inconclusive event it investigates - watch it now at home with Festival Scope [Read More...]

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