Saturday December 14, 2019

Arts Interview: Calvary charge

Things are looking good for John Michael McDonagh, whose new film Calvary, a dark drama about a small-town priest, is hitting Irish screens this week. Interview Nadine O'Regan.

6th April, 2014
John Michael McDonagh. Picture: Larry Busacca/Getty.

John Michael McDonagh has waited a long time for his moment in the sun, and you can tell. As he settles himself contentedly into his suite in a luxurious Dublin hotel, the London-Irish film-maker - whose break-out success came with The Guard in 2011 - doesn't mince words telling how hard his early struggles in the film world were.

Unlike most writer-directors, McDonagh wasn't just fighting to make his voice heard in film. He also had...

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