Tuesday August 4, 2020

Arts Interview: Flying the flag

Writer Eugene O’Brien is hoping his low-budget comedy will bring Irish film further to the fore

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

16th October, 2016
Eugene O’Brien wrote Pure Mule and Eden, but has struggled to get projects over the line in recent years; inset: Pat Shortt Pic: Fergal Phillips

Eugene O’Brien wears a worried expression that sits slightly at odds with his usually jovial, somewhat ursine demeanour.

This is a big week for the Offaly-born, Dublin-based writer, who is well known for TV fare such as Pure Mule, the RTÉ series which aired in late 2005, and also for his play Eden, which was adapted into a film starring Eileen Walsh. O’Brien’s new film The Flag, starring Pat Shortt, is released this...

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