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St Patrick’s Weekend with Netflix

So, have ye seen the forecast? Rumour has it the Beast from the East could be making a comeback this weekend! Well now, as much as I can’t be doing with that, I can’t do much about it either. What I can do, however, is give you the lowdown on all things Irish on Netflix, so all you have to do is stock up on the snacks!

Films & Documentaries

The Hardy Bucks Movie

Party-loving Irelanders plan a road trip to Poland to take in some soccer and sights. But their journey veers way off course when they hit Amsterdam.

Cardboard Gangsters

Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, led by Jay Connolly (John Connors), who sell drugs to make a living. They set out in a bid to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the drug trade.

Sing Street

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

 The Young Offenders

Never ones to think things through, two Irish teens steal bicycles and set off to the coast to find a bale of cocaine from smugglers capsized ship.  

Handsome Devil

A Self-described outsider is sent to a rugby-obsessed boarding school, where is forms an unexpected bond with the star player.   Stars Fionn O’Shea, Nicolas Galitzine, Andrew Scott and Moe Dunford.

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.

In Bruges

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.

The Irish Mob

This documentary crime series charts the rise of the Irish Mob in America, from urban immigrant poverty to political power and wealth.

Bad Day For The Cut

A mild-manneredmiddle-aged Irish farmer embarks on a bloody quest to avenge his mother’s murder. He soon discovers her dark past while wading through the criminal underworld of Belfast.

The Secret Scripture

An Irish film directed by Jim Sheridan, from a screenplay by Sheridan and Johnny Ferguson, which is based on the 2008 novel of the same name. A psychiatrist examines Roseanne McNulty, an elderly Irish woman living in a mental institution, and learns more about her past in the process. Rooney Mara plays McNulty as a young woman, in flashbacks that detail her love triangle with a fighter pilot and a priest.

The Boys and Girls From County Clare

John Joe and his traditional Celtic folk band are ready to defend their championship at County Clare’s annual All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition when his prodigal brother, Jimmy, returns home from Liverpool with his new band. The sibling rivalry is further complicated by embittered piano player Maisie, the mother of Jimmy’s abandoned child, and the burgeoning romance between rival band members, Anne  and Teddy.

Hunger

Focusing on the 1981 hunger strikes by Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. Bobby Sands is one of a group of prisoners who first “took to the blanket” with a “dirty protest” in pursuit of their claims for recognition as political prisoners. Sands then became the first one of the group to embark on a hunger strike that was to end in his death.

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope

A darkly comic drama about two young women, as one of them, starts to spiral out of control. Aisling is used to getting her own way, while Danielle is never one to hog the spotlight. Reality is about to hit them and hit them hard.

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.

Calvary

An honest and good-hearted priest (Brendan Gleeson) wrestles with a cynical, spiteful community after he receives a death threat from an unknown parishioner. 

Evelyn

When the mother of young Evelyn Doyle (Sophie Vavasseur) abandons her family, her devastated father Desmond (Pierce Brosnan), is left to care for Evelyn and her brothers on his own. Because Irish laws forbid children to be raised in a home without two parents, Evelyn and her brothers are removed from Desmond’s care and sent to separate orphanages. Desmond, who is out of work and abusing alcohol, will have to challenge the Irish courts to bring his children home.

Standby

A luckless tourist aid at Dublin airport reconnects with this love of eight years earlier, who is on standby for a flight back to the US.   Stars Jessica Pare, Brian Gleeson and Stanley Townsend.

Gold

A man returns home after a 10-year absence to reconnect with his ex-wife and daughter but finds them living with his domineering former PE teacher.   

Stars James Nesbitt, Kerry Condon, Patrick Gibson and Maisie Williams

Ondine

A fisherman’s (Colin Farrell) life is transformed when he catches a mysterious woman in his nets.  His daughter comes to believe that the woman is a magical creature.

Hostage to the Devil

Follow the eerie story of Father Malachi Martin, a disenchanted priest whose belief in demonic possession would lead him to conduct several exorcisms

That’s quite a selection, I think you’ll agree. If for some particular reason, nothing catches your fancy among that lot, you can always catch Irish actors in a range of films & tv shows across Netflix.

Films/Tv Shows featuring Irish Actors 

Chris O’Dowd

The Cloverfield Paradox

In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.

Chris O’Dowd also stars in The Incredible Jessica James, The IT Crowd, Bridesmaids, Mascots, Puffin Rock and Calvary on Netflix

Domhnall Gleeson

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Domhnall Gleeson stars in this exploration of the troubled life and ground-breaking career of “National Lampoon” co-founder Doug Kenney.

Based on the book A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever by Josh Karp, the movie was adapted by Michael Colton and John Aboud and focuses on the troubled life and career of Kenney and how National Lampoon influenced the comedy scene in America in the ’70s and ’80s.

Domhnall Gleeson stars in The Revenant, Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Calvary, Black Mirror and Unbroken.

Brendan Gleeson

In Bruges

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.

The Smurfs 2

Hoping to harness the magical Smurf-essence, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a pair of Smurflike creatures, called Naughties. However, only a real Smurf can give Gargamel what he wants, so he kidnaps Smurfette to force her to cast a spell that will transform the Naughties into Smurfs. Papa, Clumsy and the rest of the Smurfs reunite with their human friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris), Grace (Jayma Mays) and Victor (Brendan Gleeson) to rescue Smurfette from the wizard’s clutches.

Brendan also stars in Trespass Against Us, Alone In Berlin, Green Zone and Calvary which are available to watch on Netflix.

Pierce Brosnan

Survivor – Framed after a terrorist bombing, a US embassy employee is on the run in London, while trying to stop another pending attack.

The Foreigner –  Quan is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fuelled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — dies in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. His relentless search to find the terrorists leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

Pierce Brosnan also stars in Evelyn, The Love Punch, Mamma Mia,  Lessons in Love,  IT, The Thomas Crown Affair, Urge and The Greatest which are all available on Netflix.

Cillian Murphy

Peaky Blinders  – Cillian Murphy stars as ambitious gang leader Thomas Shelby who recognises an opportunity to move up in the world thanks to a missing crate of guns. (Seasons 1 – 3 are Available now).    Cillian also stars in Anthropoid which is now available on Netflix.

Sam Keeley

Anthropoid

In this fact-based war drama, two brave Czech soldiers train for the seemingly impossible feat of assassinating Nazi Gen. Reinhard Heydrich.

Also stars Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan

Colin Farrell

In Bruges

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.

Colin Farrell also stars in The Way Back and Ondine which are available on Netflix

Colin O’Donoghue

Once Upon A Time – Colin stars as ‘Hook’, Emma Swan’s love interest in Once Upon A Time. “Once Upon a Time,” tells the story of a new world, one in which fairy-tale legends and modern life collide. Emma Swan is comfortable in her life as a bail bonds collector when Henry – the child she gave up a decade earlier – suddenly shows up. He is convinced that she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who sent her away before the Evil Queen could cast a spell, freezing the fairy-tale world in time and bringing them to present-day Storybrooke, Maine. New episodes of Once Upon A Time launch every week on Netflix.

Gabriel Byrne

The Deadly Game

Detective Parker will do whatever it takes to take down a notorious London crime lord, even if it means enlisting the help of a known criminal.

Gabriel also stars in Stigmata and Marco Polo, Cool World and Carrie Pilby which are available to stream on Netflix.

Ruth Kearney

Flaked – Dubliner Ruth Kearney stars as London, a mysterious new girl in town, in Netflix’s comedy “Flaked” with Will Arnett.   Set in Venice, California resident and recovering alcoholic Chip (Will Arnett) styles himself as a self-help guru but struggles to keep track of his own lies and half-truths.   Season 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix.

Patrick Gibson

The OA – Young Dubliner Patrick Gibson plays the part of Steve Winchell, a conflicted, antisocial and at times violent teen bully, who strikes up a friendship with Prairie (Brit Marling) in this Netflix Original.    Patrick also stars in Gold.

Dominique McElligott

House of Cards –  Dubliner Dominique McElligott joined House of cards in Season 4 as Hannah Conway wife of William “Will” Conway, the current Governor of New York and the Republican nominee.  Will is Frank’s chief opponent in the race for the Presidency in 2016.   Hannah and Will have two kids Charlie and Lilly. Their youth and strong values pose a huge threat to Frank who is middle age, having marital problems, and has no kids.  Seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix.

Kerry Condon

Better Call Saul – Tipperary Actress Kerry Condon plays the part of Stacey Ehrmantraut in Better Call Saul.  Stacey was married to Matt, Mike Ehrmantraut’s son and has one Daugther Kayla. Matt was eventually killed after working for two years as a police officer in the State of Philadelphia, Stacey then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Season 1 – 3 are available on Netflix.

Victoria Smurfit

Victoria Smurfit stars as the woman you love to hate in Once Upon A Time – Cruella De Vil.   Cruella originates from the Disney animated movie “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and is one of the evilest women on Earth!  New episodes of Once Upon A Time launch every week on Netflix.

Liam Neeson

Love Actually

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon). Harry (Alan Rickman) who is comfortably married to his wife, Karen (Emma Thompson), but is tempted by his attractive new secretary. Daniel (Liam Neeson), who mourns the recent death of his wife Joanna, as he tries to raise his stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) alone. Sam has fallen for an American classmate, also named Joanna, and, after discussion with his stepfather, decides to learn the drums so that he can accompany her in the big finale for their school’s Christmas pageant (the same one that David’s nephew and Karen and Harry’s children are in).

Liam Neeson stars in Schindler’s List, Run All Night, Rob Roy and A Prayer For The Dying which are all on Netflix.

Michael Fassbender

Steve Jobs

With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.   Michael Fassbender also stars in Trespass Against Us and Hunger.

James Nesbitt

Babylon – The Met’s new director of communications, Liz Garvey, faces a baptism by fire when a sniper goes on a shooting spree during her first day on the job.    James Nesbit also appears in Gold and Match Point which are available on Netflix.

Andrew Scott

Sherlock –  Andrew Scott plays the part of James Moriarty, a master criminal and Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis. They enjoy matching wits against each other but Sherlock recognizes that Moriarty is extremely dangerous.  Seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix

Andrew Scott also stars in Handsome Devil which is available to stream on Netflix.

Sinead Cusack

Marcella

Sinead Cusack stars as Sylvie Gibson in Marcella, a British crime noir detective series produced, written and directed by Hans Rosenfeldt, a Swedish screenwriter and creator of the series The Bridge.  Sinead also stars in North & South and Eastern Promises.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Netflix Ireland Stream Team I have received complimentary Netflix membership and in return will be featuring Netflix related blog posts. All opinions are my own!

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