Scene & heard: Here's your entertainment news round-up

There’s no shortage of Barry Keoghan around at the moment, and it looks like the young Dubliner is about to take yet another step up the movie star ladder with American Animals.

Scene & heard: Here's your entertainment news round-up

By Des O’Driscoll

FILM TIPS: There’s no shortage of Barry Keoghan around at the moment, and it looks like the young Dubliner is about to take yet another step up the movie star ladder with American Animals.

Released in Irish cinemas today, the book-heist film has been getting lavish praise all round, with Keoghan’s performance being singled out for particular plaudits.

The former Love/Hate assassin also pops up in Black 47, the Famine revenge tale set in Connemara. It’s not a perfect movie, but it does have an excellent cast that also features Stephen Rea and Hugo Weaving, and even deserves praise for being one of the few films to ever take on the biggest event in Irish history.

Black 47 is one of a number of Irish movies at the Toronto Film Festival over the next week or so, with Cork film-maker Carmel Winters’ boxing drama Float Like A Butterfly being shown today.

Venice is also hosting its festival at the moment, and one of the big hits so far has been 22 July, a take by Paul Greengrass (United 93, Bloody Sunday) on the mass killing in Norway in 2011 by Anders Breivik. It will get a limited theatrical release in next month, but most of us will see it via Netflix from October 10.

From Sunday, Triskel in Cork continues its season of films by Agnès Varda; and the venue is also showing Spanish film Summer 1993.

GIG WISE: Is that a strange synth sound or the noise of a dancefloor full of creaky knees? Legendary Cork house music night, the Sweat at Sir Henrys, began 30 years ago this year, and the annual birthday party to celebrate the event will be held at Dali (formerly the Pav) on November 24.

As ever, the Fish Go Deep duo of Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson will be digging into the vaults for the occasion.

Also on Leeside, the first ever Quiet Lights festival takes place over the weekend, bringing folk and trad to venues such as Coughlan’s, St Peter’s, and the chapel at Griffith College. The big announcement of the week for Dublin was that Steely Dan will return to the 3Arena on Thursday, February 28, with support from Steve Winwood. Ozzy Osbourne plays the same venue on January 30, in what is being billed as his final tour. The ex Whitesnake vocalist will be sharing a bill with Judas Priest. And yes, tickets for next year’s Electric Picnic really have gone on sale today.

ON THE TELLY: Damien Dempsey is the subject of the first episode of Who Do You Think You Are on RTÉ next Sunday, exploring an ancestry that includes an unfortunate link to the industrial school in Letterfrack.

Among the other biggies this week is season two of The Deuce, David Simon’s underwhelming drama on New York in the 1970s, which begins on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday. The Walking Dead is going to lose its main character Rick (Andrew Lincoln) this season, presumably ensuring the zombie show’s steady decline will turn into a full-on tailspin. Season nine will pick up the action about 18 months after last year’s events, and will begin on Fox UK on October 8.

OPERA NIGHTS: The next concert performance in Cork Opera House’s series of popular operas is Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado next Saturday (Sept 15), with Verdi’s Rigoletto following on November 16. John O’Brien will conduct the orchestra for both of those events, part of a busy few months ahead for the Cork man as he is also premiering his own adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose at the Everyman (Oct 13-20). In the meantime, the same theatre will host Irish National Opera’s touring production of The Tales Of Hoffmann on Sept 25.

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