Excuse the pun, however….Happy St Patrick’s Day!

The arts have been spoiled by this particular verdant isle, and our celebration should mean more than a parade, a few too many Guinnesses and a green leprechaun hat, even if it does come complete with a carrot-orange wig.

In literature, poetry, theatre and art, the Irish contributions are well-known (Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Francis Bacon, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, George Bernard Shaw….) and now Irish filmmaking is finally getting a look-in, with the 2016 Oscar nominations for ‘Brooklyn’ and Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’, and this weekend the St Patrick’s Film Festival taking place in venues across London.

As the Irish poet and playwright W.B. Yeats said in a speech to the Irish Senate on the Censorship of Films Bill in 1923, “I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.”

Thankfully for the conscience of mankind, then, so much here is of the superior kind.

Main image: from The Lobster
Above: Oscar Wilde




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