Film Studies – Irish Movies To Watch

With March in full swing, we often associate the month with St. Patrick’s day. People around the world celebrate this uniquely Irish holiday and it shows how far Irish culture has spread around the Globe. Something else that creates inspiration all over the world is Irish storytelling. We are known for producing some of the best storytellers in the world. The world of film is definitely a part of this and we have shown the world another side to our story telling abilities by creating some of the best movies in the world across all genres.

We spoke to our Film Studies group and asked them to suggest some great Irish movies that they have recently watched and they gave us a fantastic list of films both old and new. You can check them out below. We definitely know what we’ll be watching this St. Patrick’s day.

Here are the Irish films that they suggested and a little more about detail them.:

  • Sing Street – A touching tale of young love, music and fantasy. A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.
  • Grabbers – An underrated horror comedy where a pub lock-in becomes the only way to survive aliens. When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.
  • Extra Ordinary – Another horror comedy with a brilliant take on ghost stories. Rose, a mostly sweet and lonely Irish driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely) from a washed-up rock star who is using her in a Satanic pact to reignite his fame.
  • The Commitments – A great story of a Dublin Soul band. Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed Dublin boy, decides to put together a soul band made up entirely of the Irish working class.
  • Song of the Sea – A beautiful animation that is utterly enrapturing. Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.
  • The Wind the Shakes the Barley – A stark and tense films set during the War of Independence. Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Do you have any great Irish film suggestions? Maybe our Film Studies group can do a deeper dive into your favourite Irish films?