With the weather set to be a wash-out let Netflix get your you Irish fix
With snow showers and freezing cold temperatures forecast for this St Patrick’s Weekend, it will be less stay out all day drinking and more cuddle up on the couch and keep it cosy. Perfect for some Netfix action!
In the spirit of all things Irish we've rounded up the best films to get you in the céile mood!
After a particularly difficult job, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) head to Belgium to hide out until things cool down. Ray hates the medieval city they land in, but Ken finds its beauty and peacefulness enchanting. Their experiences become increasingly surreal and possibly life-changing as they encounter tourists, locals, an American dwarf and a potential romance for Ray.
In 1980s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a tough school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girl's attention. Stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton and Jack Reynor. We LOVE this film, the soundtrack is worth it alone.
The Siege of Jadotville
Winner of four IFTAs, The Siege of Jadotville tells the true story of Irish Soldiers who were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo. The heroes led by Commandant Pat Quinlan fought for five days and heroically defended their outpost. A Netflix Original film, based on the book Siege at Jadotville : The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle by Declan Power. Stars Jamie Dornan, Jason O’Mara, Mark Strong, Sam Keeley and Fionn O’Shea.
The Young Offenders
Before the excellent TV show, there was this film. If you've been catching up with the boys on RTÉ, do yourself a favour and see where it all began. Never ones to think things through, two Irish teens steal bicycles and set off to the coast to find a bale of cocaine from a smugglers capsized ship.
The Magdalene Sisters
In 1964, three teenage Irish girls are sent to a Magdalene asylum, an archaic home for "fallen women," though their crimes aren't criminal. Rose is pregnant out of wedlock, Bernadette has been caught flirting with a boy at school, and Margaret is sentenced for having been raped by a family member. There, the girls perform hard labour supervised by cruel nuns, led by the sneering Sister Bridget - and dream of escape.