Some Irish reccs for St. Patrick's Day
So, tomorrow is St. Patrick's day! We can't go out to celebrate this year, so instead, here are some films, books and TV series set on the Emerald Isle or starring Irish characters. I've only included stuff that I've actually watched/read and enjoyed myself and I've tried to stick to mostly Irish made projects. (I love a bit of Leap Year, but are there any actual Irish people in it, or only stereotypes?) I definitely think Irish films and series have a defining quality about them - I like the sense of humour and the music and even the underlying melancholy that's often there beneath all the craic. The comedy won't be for everyone (no-one swears like the Irish) but I did try to put a bit of a mix in here. I feel cheeky throwing this in for Top Ten Tuesday (weekly link-up, hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl) as it's off topic, but a few of the films/shows are based on books and I've listed some Irish novels too, one of which I'm in the process of crossing off my Spring tbr...
What's it about? A group of Dublin teens/twenty-somethings start a soul band in the nineties. Based on the book by Roddy Doyle, which is also great - but it's better when you can hear the music.
Watch for: The musical talent, the laughs and the chemistry between the young cast.
What's it about? A teenager in eighties Dublin (the posh bit?) moves school and starts a band (no covers!) to try and impress a girl.
Watch for: Something a little bittersweet, but feel-good. Strong acting, surprisingly good songs, eighties vibes.
What's it about? An Irish girl in the 1950's emigrates to Brooklyn for a new life. Based on the book by Colm Toibin.
Watch for: Saiorse Ronan, beautiful costumes, romance and maybe a bit of a cry.
THE BOYS AND GIRL FROM COUNTY CLARE
What's it about? A Ceilidh band from Liverpool travel to County Clare to compete in a competition.
Watch for: Cheesy Irishness and Endeavour's Shaun Evans using his real Scouse accent!
What's it about? Four girls (and a wee English fella) in nineties Northern Ireland during the troubles.
Watch for: Teenage girl comedy! Laughs, relatable friends and family stuff.
What's it about? Chris O' Dowd plays the imaginary friend to his childhood self in this eighties set comedy. Basically Everybody Hates Chris with a different Chris - O'Dowd, not Rock - in rural Ireland.
Watch for: Fun family dynamics (I love the sisters.) You don't really need the imaginary friend gimmick but I guess it keeps a famous face in the show.
THE YOUNG OFFENDERS
What's it about? Two 'young offenders' in Cork and all the mad stuff they get up to.
Watch it for: A good laugh, but also it's a lot. (If Derry Girls is a bit much for you, then this definitely will be) But it can also be surprisingly moving.
What's it about? Millennial romance in Ireland, based on the acclaimed novel by Sally Rooney.
Watch it for: Connell and Marianne. The acting, the chemistry, the angst. It's not always an easy watch, but it's good telly.
NORMAL PEOPLE/CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS
THIS CHARMING MAN
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
FOIL, ARMS AND HOG
Are you celebrating St. Patrick's day? Any recommendations?