November 16, 2022
The stunning west of Ireland plays a starring role in a new movie, providing the dramatic setting for the darkly comedic story.
The Banshees of Inisherin, from Searchlight Pictures, is the latest film from Academy Award and BAFTA winning director Martin McDonagh.
Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, the film takes place on the fictional island of Inisherin, and is set in 1923, during the Irish Civil War. It follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship.
Filmed predominantly on Achill Island and Inis Mór on the Wild Atlantic Way, the drama of the story is heightened by the spectacular west coast of Ireland setting.
The Banshees of Inisherin is the first feature McDonagh has shot and set in Ireland and he chose a landscape near to where his parents live in County Galway, familiar to him from visits as a child.
The movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September with great success, with McDonagh winning best screenplay and Farrell best actor. It will go on general release on 21 October.
A behind the scenes look at the making of the movie is available at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAq2IOYrCEo