“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The King Is Dead, Long Live Colin Downey

Those krazy kids at the Irish Film Institute and their support for independent filmmaking flummery, eh? We're not sure what to expect from King for a Day, but we do know that it's the brainchild of Colin Downey, who's been working without funding with co-guerilla filmmaker Ivan Kavanagh for several years now. The 57-minute black-and-white, subtitled flick centres on 'a French-speaking mother and daughter living in an Irish townland supposedly perched on top of a New Jersey goldmine' and 'arrives by way of fabliaux, fairytales and Freud'. Erm, exsqueeze us? Anyhoo, King for a Day screens alongside Ivan Kavanagh's The Solution (71 minutes) on Monday, May 21. Sure, what else would you be doing? Pirates of the Caribbean doesn't open until the 24th ...

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