Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lo! ’Tis Technicolour Talkies Of Hibernia!

Suggesting that Technicolour Talkies of Hibernia is a ‘sister site’ to Crime Always Pays is to stretch the concept to breaking point, especially as your TToH host, Gavin Burke (right, in full-on ‘Heeeeeere’s Johnny!’ homage), is in fact the brother of CAP's Grand Vizier, Declan Burke. He's also a movie reviewer and screenwriter, both of which are high on his list of priorities, right there behind being 'genial but bearded bon viveur about town'. Anyhoo, less of the flummery: what’s it about? Well, it’s pitched as a one-stop info resource for all things Irish movies, with news, reviews and interviews making up the bulk of the posts. Up right now is an interview with director Anthony Byrne, whose HOW ABOUT YOU?, based on a short story by Maeve Binchy, opens this Friday, November 16 – although the CAP elves are far more interested in Byrne’s next project, SINGLE-HANDED, to wit:
“I just finished a two-part TV drama for RTE/Touchpaper TV called SINGLE-HANDED which we filmed in Connemara and it goes out on New Years Day. It’s a straight up rural cop drama and I think we’ve made a really great piece of TV drama. I’m really looking forward to getting it out. The script was great, the cast were fantastic. Owen McDonnell and Charlene McKenna are amazing young actors and it’s a big, cinematic drama that fits on your TV. I’m also working on another film with Noel Pearson called THE RUNNER that we hope to do later next year in South Africa and New York.”
A straight-up rural cop drama set in Connemara? Truly our cup runneth over …


Eoin Purcell said...


Anthony Byrne is a great guy. He lived in the house beside me for years when I was younger. Success couldn't happen to a more decent guy!


The Unquiet Man said...

What about that Gavin Burke? Handsome, eh?