• (L - R) 'The Boxer', 'Brooklyn', 'Calvary' and 'Song of Granite'. (SBS)Source: SBS
Celebrate Irish stories and talent before, on and after St Patrick's Day with these engaging films.
SBS Movies

15 Mar 2021 - 10:57 AM  UPDATED 17 Mar 2021 - 4:09 PM

The rich history, talent and landscapes of Ireland come together in a special 'Green Screen' week of great movies on SBS World Movies and streaming at SBS On Demand. 



The Boxer

Ireland, 1997

Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley
What's it about?
Boxer and former Provisional IRA volunteer Danny Flynn, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, tries to "go straight" after his release from prison.

Not available at SBS On Demand after broadcast. 



Ireland, United Kingdom, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is a good-natured priest but finds himself being tormented by members of the local community. One day, when his life is threatened during a confession, the priest decides it's time to fight back against the dark forces around him.

Calvary Review
Interview: Writer/director John Michael McDonagh 

Streaming after broadcast for 30 days at SBS On Demand.

WEDNESDAY 17 MARCH (St Patrick's Day)

Song of Granite

Canada, Ireland, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Irish
Director: Pat Collins
Starring: Macdara Ó Fátharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe
What's it about?
The life story of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney, who is estimated to have recorded in excess of 500 traditional Irish sean nós ('old style') songs. Heaney moved from Ireland to the UK, and then on to New York City, where he settled shortly after performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand.



Calm with Horses

United Kingdom, Ireland, 2020
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Nick Rowland
Starring: Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar, Ned Dennehy, David Wilmot, Simone Kirby, Anthony Welsh, Roisin O'Neill, Hazel Doupe, Toni O'Rourke, Liam Carney, Ryan McParland, Ally Ni Chiarain, Kiljan Moroney, Brian Doherty, Brid Brennan, Rory Quinn, Peter Newington
What's it about?
In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, while also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand.



United Kingdom, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
What's it about?
In Ireland in the 1950s, unmarried teenage Philomena finds out she is pregnant and is sent to Roscrea convent for 'fallen women' where she gives birth to a boy, who is given up for adoption. Philomena (Judi Dench) has spent 50 years searching for her child but finally asks for help from unemployed journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan). The convent is no help – all they can find are damaged documents and nuns who won't say a word. Finally Martin gets a lucky break when chatting with a local pub owner who informs him that the convent sold babies to childless Catholic American couples, starting Philomena and Martin's journey to the United States.

Philomena: Stephen Frears interview
Philomena interview: Steve Coogan
Philomena Review

Streaming after broadcast for 30 days at SBS On Demand.



Ireland, Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters 
What's it about?
In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.

Watch: Saoirse Ronan gets stuck in a love triangle in the 'Brooklyn' trailer

Streaming after broadcast for 30 days at SBS On Demand.


Good Vibrations

United Kingdom, Ireland, 2013
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Glenn Leyburn, Lisa Barros D'Sa
Starring: Dylan Moran, Liam Cunningham, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Simpson
What's it about?
When the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down Belfast, music lover Terri Hooley (Richard Dorner) opens a record shop and calls it Good Vibrations. Soon he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in Belfast's underground punk scene and begins drumming the young musicians into action. Terri becomes the unlikely leader of a motley crew of youths and punks who join him in his mission to create a new society, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.

Good Vibrations Review
Good Vibrations: Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn interview

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

United Kingdom, United States of America, Ireland, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Camp
What's it about?
Dr. Steven Murphy, played by award-winning Irish actor Colin Farrell, is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor's life in gradually unsettling ways.

'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' review: Masterfully Orchestrated, Extremely Discomforting

More great Irish drama at SBS On Demand
The Fall
Enjoy 3 complete seasons of The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. This psychological thriller forensically examines the lives of two hunters; one a ruthless serial killer and the other a high-powered detective superintendent brought in to catch him.
‘Dublin Murders’ is a slow-burn mystery that won’t let you go
A young woman is found dead in a forest outside Dublin; what follows will change the lives of two detectives.

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