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The Mighty Celt DVD: Finally available in the USA!
Posted at 6:42 AM (PDT) on Friday, June 27, 2008
Cinequest Distribution is releasing The Mighty Celt which was filmed in Ireland and released in 2005. The DVD will be available on July 15, ten days before the July 25 opening of The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
The Mighty Celt on Sundance Again
Posted at 1:47 PM (PST) on Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The Sundance Channel will air an Irish triple feature including the films Borstal Boy, THE MIGHTY CELT and Mickybo and Me on St. Patrick's Day (Friday, March 17). Check your local listings!
The Mighty Celt at 2 U.S.A. Film Festivals
Posted at 2:16 PM (PST) on Monday, March 6, 2006
2006 SF Irish Film Festival (March 8, 9, 10 & 12, 2006)
The Mighty Celt on the Sundance Channel
Posted at 12:13 PM (PST) on Tuesday, January 3, 2006
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Mighty Celt DVD in the UK
Posted at 7:41 AM (PST) on Sunday, December 4, 2005
List Price: £15.99
IFTA People's Choice Award
Posted at 5:00 AM (PST) on Monday, November 7, 2005
Congratulations to Gillian for winning the People's Choice Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards.
Gillian's thank you speech:
"Hello! And, I just wanted to say thank you very very much for this award. Thank you especially to the Irish public who, apparently, have voted for me after they heard me speak with an Irish accent - so, that's a very good thing. And thank you to everybody at the Irish Film and Television Awards. And, thank you very much for this beautiful statue 'cos it's actually really classy looking and (laughs) I can't wait to put it on the mantlepiece. I need a bit of gold around! I'm just really thrilled by this and I really appreciate it. It's nice to be included in something international. So have a good evening and thank you."
The director of The Mighty Celt, Pearse Elliott, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to hear Gillian Anderson has won the People's Choice Award for Pantene Best International Actress at this year's IFTAs. It was a pleasure working with Gillian and the award is thoroughly deserved.” (Regional Film & Video, 08.11.05)
Pictures and a video clip are available to view in our gallery, courtesy of Adry, Chew, and Lara Joy.
TMC at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
Posted at 2:10 PM (PDT) on Tuesday, October 11, 2005
The 20th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Three more nominations for The Mighty Celt
Posted at 2:13 PM (PDT) on Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Three more nominations for The Mighty Celt
The Mighty Celt Director Slams DVD Pirates
Posted at 9:31 AM (PDT) on Monday, September 12, 2005
BBC Radio 4 Transcript
Posted at 12:00 PM (PDT) on Monday, August 29, 2005
Gillian was on BBC Radio 4: Saturday, August 27 -- Arts and Drama The Film Programme.
'I'm not good at playing the game'
Posted at 9:19 AM (PDT) on Monday, August 29, 2005
From The Observer
New Interview and more reviews for The Mighty Celt
Posted at 11:04 AM (PDT) on Friday, August 26, 2005
This is LONDON
Gillian on GM TV and more TMC news
Posted at 10:46 AM (PDT) on Thursday, August 25, 2005
The GM TV web site has a video clip featuring Gillian: "No longer seen as Dana Scully, Gillian Anderson is moving on from the X-Files."
To read the transcript, click here.
Thank you very much to Maddy for the transcript, to Lorna for the screen caps, and to Lyze and monicafp for pointing us to the video clip!
Birmingham Post Review (excerpts)
By Mike Davies
Even knowing X-Files star Gillian Anderson was co-starring, it was still a while before I actually recognised her on screen, so on the button is her Ulster accent and so completely is she immersed in the character.
First time director Pearse Elliott keeps the political backdrop and the threat of violence on an understated simmer, preferring to concentrate on the coming-of-age drama which tends to play out rather like Kes with a greyhound.
The central performances are exemplary, Anderson first rate as the feisty working class mother (demonstrating fine comic timing in her learning to drive scenes), Carlyle never overplaying his reformed troubled terrorist and, smoking and swearing his head off, newcomer McKenna a real find as Donal.
One shockingly unexpected moment that will upset young viewers aside, the plot follows a fairly predictable course but knowing what's coming shouldn't lessen the impact or enjoyment at all.
The Times Online
By James Christopher
The story is so slender it almost crumbles between your fingers. The romance between Anderson’s single mum and Carlyle’s newly freed prisoner is made of sterner stuff, if only because they wear their unspoken grief like Marley’s chains. The winning ingredient is how these lonely adults square their differences for the sake of the young boy.
Who would have thought that the wellbeing of a dog would inspire the first example of Peace Process cinema? All credit to the exotic cast for trampling the issues that famous locals fear to tread. The accents are impeccable. Anderson is faultless as a bitter, loving mother. Carlyle is terrific as the wise lag, hailed as a hero for an act of terror he would rather forget.
The tribal friction is spot-on. If only Elliot could have extended the same subtlety to his soapy plot. But pack your expectations lightly and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Thanks xfrgg and Wendy!
By Chris Thornton
Pearse Elliott both writes and directs this semi-autobiographical tale and his closeness to the material is clear through well studied and developed characters and a general fondness for the Belfast setting.
Indeed this film is heart warming in its nostalgia, but in some rather surprising ways. ...The clear attention to the every day details is the core of the film’s strength whilst the film’s performances bring out the best in an already strong script. Everyone impresses; Carlyle and Stott are both wonderful, Anderson is virtually unrecognisable and puts on a decent Belfast accent that will convince most, but the real star of the show is Tyrone McKenna, a brilliant find who carries the film on his small shoulders with aplomb.
The Mighty Celt is funny, heart warming and also heart rending; it is a film for all age groups except perhaps the youngest. The story is a good one well told and well delivered; kudos to Mr. Elliott on a brilliant debut.
Thanks Lyze and Wendy!
By Rebecca Kemp
The film essentially belongs to its actors and characterisations, with fine performances from Tyrone McKenna as Donal, Ken Stott as Joe and Robert Carlyle as O. But the shining light is Gillian Anderson, virtually unrecognisable as Belfast single mum Kate, all boobs, roll-up fags and high hair. Her short-vowelled, nasal accent is nothing short of the real thing.
Entirely shot on location, The Mighty Celt is a semi-autobiographical homage to Elliott's home town, drawing on his passion for breeding dogs and injected with his own take on post-conflict politics. It's a moving story of atonement, told through sensitive characterisation, and using paradox to underline Elliott's particular political bug-bears. However, fans of the more hardened political drama will not find the depth of conviction or gritty realism evident in films made in the midst of the conflict, from the likes of Jim Sheridan and Terry George in The Boxer or In the Name of the Father.
By Tim Evans
Pearse Elliott's solid and often touching film succeeds largely thanks to the quality of the acting (Gillian Anderson nails an Irish accent) and its non-sensational approach to issues including renegade republicans unwilling to give up the fight.
There haven't been a great number of films dealing with Northern Ireland's difficult emergence from decades of sectarian terrorism. Director Pearse Elliott doesn't actually focus on the political upheavals of the peace agreement but acknowledges there are those unwilling to forgive and forget. Instead, he's drawn to the everyday story of a young boy growing up in a Belfast still riven by ideological conflict but unquestioningly determined to keep the peace.
It gets a little bit of a canine Kes but terrific performances - particularly from the seasoned Caryle and luminous newcomer McKenna - lend it a voice of its own. Gillian Anderson - boasting a convincing Irish burr - makes the movie attractive Stateside and its level-headed approach to a complex situation deserves praise.
Worth a look.
The Mighty Celt screenings at the Montreal World Film Festival are :
August 29, 2005 - 09:20:00 - CINÉMA PARISIEN 6
August 30, 2005 - 21:30:00 - CINÉMA PARISIEN 6
August 31, 2005 - 19:00:00 - CINÉMA PARISIEN 5
September 04, 2005 - 11:40:00 - CINÉMA PARISIEN 2
TMC Director talks about the film plus an update on Celt the greyhound
Posted at 9:10 AM (PDT) on Wednesday, August 24, 2005
From BBC UK MOVIES:
Lots More on The Mighty Celt
Posted at 10:19 AM (PDT) on Tuesday, August 23, 2005
From Film 247.net:
The cast are remarkable; Stott gives all little boys nightmares with his performance of the amusingly nicknamed Good Joe. Anderson proves once again that her acting talents are far beyond her famous TV role. Carlyle is wonderful, but is overshadowed by the young McKenna who seems to have taken to acting like a duck to water (or perhaps greyhound to racetrack?) and steals the film. ...the film is very touching and during the racing scenes, I couldn’t help but exclaim "Go Mighty Celt! Go!"
Thanks xfrgg and Wendy!
From the Zreview.co.uk:
Extremely strong performances from the entire cast bring this to life. McKenna is terrific as Donal--edgy and tenacious, someone we like and want to cheer for. Nothing quite prepares us for Anderson's feisty turn as a skinny, working-class Irish mum. And Carlyle is perfectly cast as the charming man with a mysterious past. Stott has the thankless role as the guy who becomes darkly jealous and then vicious for no obvious reason. This cliche undermines the film somewhat, as does the structure of the race sequences (do we have any doubt what will happen?). And the frightening violence will be a bit much for young viewers. But it's a strong, engaging film that's well worth a look.
Thanks Lyze and Wendy!
Yahoo! Movies UK & Ireland also has the trailer plus two new film clips of The Mighty Celt.
Click here OR go to Yahoo! Movies and scroll down to Movie Features: The Mighty Celt.
More trailers at: My Movies.net.
From MSN.co.uk TV Listings:
All this week, ITV 3 will have repeat airings of Film File: Review of director Pearse Elliot's new drama The Mighty Celt, which stars Robert Carlyle, Gillian Anderson and newcomer Tyrone McKenna
For more information, click here.
MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2005: August 26 - September 5
The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.
Focus on World Cinema Section:
THE MIGHTY CELT
Ireland / 2004 / 35 mm / Colour / 80 min / Dir.: Pearse Elliot
A young man living with his mother enters the underground world of dog racing, with the encouragement of a local dog trainer.