The most successful Irish film of this year was Calvary by London-born John Michael McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleeson and every single respected Irish actor around (hardly even exaggerating there). I didn’t think it was a perfect movie but i like seeing Irish films do well especially in Irish cinemas. It was basically one big ad for Ireland, with our landscapes and using Irish Film Board funding and of course huge amazing actors like Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Pat Shortt etc.
John Michael McDonagh has now said that he doesn’t want Calvary to be known as an Irish film, “Its just made in Ireland with lots of Irish actors” (he failed to mention Irish funding, which is limited as it is). He says he doesn’t like Irish films, they’re not technically well made or intelligent and he doesn’t want to be associated with them. Thank you John for disassociating yourself from the industry you used to make this movie and for looking down on the cinema of the nation who praised and bought tickets to your film and the nation that gave you money to make it. As well as that, thank you for looking down on all of the actors who gave your movie its best features, without whom we wouldn’t have any of those Irish films that you hate. Thanks for exploiting our resources, the beauty of our country and the talent of our actors and the subject matter of our difficult history, because the screenplay is deeply entrenched with specifically Irish matters, the problematic and guilty Catholic church and its horrible crimes against children and the fall of the Celtic Tiger.
Mr McDonagh, kindly go fuck yourself,
One member of your previously grateful Irish audience who will never support you again.