About Irish Film / News /
Watch Irish Films this St. Patrick’s Day
No matter where you are this 17 March, you can watch a huge variety of Irish films on Netflix—a perfect way to celebrate Irish cinema on St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a round-up of some of the best Irish titles available to watch right now:
The Young Offenders
Directed by Peter Foott, The Young Offenders is the most recent Irish film to be added to Netflix, following a wildly successful year which saw the film gross over €1.2m at the Irish box office alone. Set in Co. Cork and inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, the film follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine.
John Carney’s Golden Globe-nominated Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin where the recession forces 14-year-old Cosmo out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He turns to music and forms a ragtag band, shooting scrappy music videos, and finding refuge and love with the beautiful 16-year-old Raphina.
John Crowley’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s award-winning novel of the same name, Brooklyn sees Irish actress Saoirse Ronan play Eilis Lacey ) who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, New York, where, unlike home, she has the opportunity for work and for a future and love, in the form of Italian-American, Tony.
Starring Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhall and directed by Oscar-nominated Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, Frank is a comedy about a wannabe musician who joins a band of eccentric pop stars led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara.
The Siege of Jadotville
Besieged by overwhelming enemy forces, Irish soldiers on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Africa valiantly defend their outpost in this true story. The Siege of Jadotville stars Jamie Dornan and is directed by Richie Smyth.
The Lobster is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the film stars Colin Farrell alongside Rachel Weisz.
Hostage to the Devil
Over five years in production, director Martin Stalker has made a film which examines age-old questions about the existence of the Deviland the debate over good versus evil, all through the life of a controversial Irish-born Jesuit priest, Fr Malachi Martin.