FILM TIPS: The Cannes Film Festival (May 14 to 25) unveiled its roster earlier in the week, and amidst all the veteran directors and big name stars, we already know it’ll be a non-film figure who’ll dominate the red carpet at the event. Diego Maradona will be there for the premiere of the documentary bearing his name.
Due for general release in June, it was made by British director Asif Kapadia, who’s already impressed with documentaries on Amy Winehouse and Ayrton Senna. Ken Loach will also have a new film at the festival he’s done so well at in previous years, while the main Irish interest comes via sci-fi drama Vivarium, from Dublin director Lorcan Finnegan. Brendan Gleeson also appears in competition film Frankie.
For the weekend ahead, options include Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel flick that’s been getting great reviews; and Eighth Grade, the comedy drama about a teenage girl struggling through a school week.
MUSIC NEWS: Bruce Springsteen has announced a new album for June 14. Western Stars has 13 new tracks, and draws inspiration from the southern California pop records of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. The Music Cork event is into its third year, running from Wednesday to Friday next week at the Clayton Hotel in the city. All sorts of industry insiders will discuss such issues as streaming, branding, the role of agents, etc. A series of showcase gigs will run at Cyprus Avenue.
The ever-morphing nature of the industry was underlined this week with the news of a monster deal between Beyoncé and Netflix. Variety reports that Queen Bey – already riding high with the concert film and album, Homecoming, from her Coachella performance – has signed up for two more projects with the streaming channel, reaping in an estimated $60m in the process.
GIG WISE: Killarney actress Jessie Buckley has been impressing in the role of a country singer in Wild Rose, and is adding yet another dimension to her career by performing the soundtrack live.
A former contestant at the Feis Maitiú Cork, she’s scheduled to play in Whelans, Dublin, on June 29. On Leeside, there’s more emerging talent on display as part of the Music Cork showcases next week, with the likes of Happyalone, Mango x Mathman, and Pillow Queens playing free gigs at Cyprus Avenue.
Stephanie Rainey, a former showcasee at Music Cork, is taking a step up next Friday with her biggest ever gig, at Cork Opera House. Bray becomes the centre of the Irish jazz world next weekend, with the Wicklow town’s jazz festival offering a strong lineup that includes American stars Fred Hersch and John Scofield.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Two of Manchester’s finest wordsmiths, John Cooper Clarke and Mike Garry, are at St Luke’s in Cork on Sunday. Cork World Book Fest continues until tomorrow, with various readings and a launch of William Wall’s latest novel. Kilmeen Drama Group from Rossmore, Co Cork, have long been recognised as one of the best amateur drama groups in the country, and they make a trip to the Everyman on Tuesday to perform Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant Of Inishmore.
ON THE TELLY: Such is the anticipation for Monday’s battle in Game of Thrones, we get the impression that many Irish people are going to spend the weekend sharpening swords and fashioning strange glass weapons. In the meantime, Graham Norton’s guests tonight include Charlize Theron, and Seth Rogen.