There’s a rare treat in the offing for Dublin’s crime flick fans at the IFI this coming Saturday (October 6): not only is there a big-screen showing of the superb LA Confidential, but Captain Dudley Smith, aka James Cromwell (right), will be in attendance for a Q&A with the Irish Times’ film critic, Donald ‘Don the Mon’ Clarke. Actually, truth be told, we’re only uploading this piece as an excuse to show you Don’s short movie, Pitch ‘n’ Putt With Joyce ‘n’ Beckett, which he wrote and directed and is without doubt the funniest film ever to come out of Ireland. Fact.
Praise for Declan Burke: “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – The Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “A hardboiled delight.” – The Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review). “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre, was ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL.” – Sunday Times. “The writing is a joy.” – Ken Bruen. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.