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Eoghan Lyng

Eoghan Lyng

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

Other posts by Eoghan Lyng
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 - in Irish cinemas (elsewhere soon) [Read More...]

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 - in cinemas Friday, September 13th [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 - in cinemas Friday, September 6th [Read More...]

Old friends and party animals Laura and Tyler brave the streets of Dublin in search of freedom, mischief, cocaine and... er... wedding dresses - in cinemas Friday, August 2nd [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...]

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...]

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...]

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 - in cinemas Friday, November 30th [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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 - in cinemas Friday, November 2nd [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...]

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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