11 Jun 2014 - 11:08 AM  UPDATED 16 Oct 2019 - 3:53 PM

Writer/director John Michael McDonagh reveals to us that he came up with Calvary’s lead character while out drinking with actor Brendon Gleeson, who wanted to play a good person for a change, in this case a priest who's soon to be murdered. McDonagh also explains why he doesn’t overanalyse the themes in his stories, and how Calvary differs from his previous hit movie, The Guard.

Calvary
Airs 12:45AM, Mon 28 Oct on SBS

MA15+
Ireland, UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
Father James Lavelle (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. From John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of The Guard.

Calvary Review: Caustic and sharply written