England | 2012 | 109mins | 35mm | Colour
We are delighted to present the Irish premiere of Seven Psychopaths, the latest blockbuster from Cork Film Festival, BAFTA and Oscar®-winning writer and director Martin McDonagh, as this year’s closing gala. The film is a star studded, black comedy which follows a group of oddball friends who inadvertently find themselves entangled in Los Angeles’ criminal underworld after stealing the beloved Shih-Tzu of one dangerous gangster.
McDonagh has assembled a top-notch line up for his raucous, quickfire gangster caper including Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits. Farrell is note-perfect as Marty, the hapless writer who falls foul of Charlie, an unhinged, dog-loving gangster played with menace and aplomb by Woody Harrelson. Seven Psychopaths is an inspired, blood-splattered and utterly spellbinding triumph of tension, executed with minimum frills and maximum impact.
Award to Joe McCarthy
Joe McCarthy (on right) receiving his award in 1972 with Special Guest, Wolf Mankowitz (on left) and Festival Director, Dermot Breen.
Joe McCarthy is a Cork filmmaker who has a long association with Cork Film Festival. Having shown his initial documetaries to great acclaim at the festival, his 1972 entry, a 16mm production entitled But They Said It Didn’t They?, was a wonderfully whimsical take on the making of a television commercial on the streets of Cork. The production was made on a modest budget with a Cork crew, Cork actors and unsuspecting members of the public. The film won 2nd prize at that year’s festival.
We are delighted and honoured to screen But They Said It Didn’t They? on the occasion of its 40th anniversary and to present Joe McCarthy with a Fin Barre Award in recognition of his filmmaking career in Cork.
Producers Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Martin McDonagh
Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken
Photography Ben Davis
Script Martin McDonagh
Editor Lisa Gunning
Music Carter Burwell