Film & TV

John Maguire: Flatley’s folly is a true travesty for the ages

The former Riverdance star’s long-buried debut feature finally sees the light of day, but you’ll be wishing it hadn’t

Michael Flatley in Blackbird: nothing short of a disasterpiece

I have now seen Michael Flatley’s debut feature Blackbird and I am still in shock. There was plenty of time to prepare, and still the effect is profoundly unsettling, like tripping on the stairs or swerving on the motorway.

The self-financed debut, which lunges madly between a town hall production of Casablanca and a James Bond spoof, first existed as a rumour, then it became a meme on social media, and then a tantalising possibility. ...