Tuesday, March 07, 2006

# Posted 6:30 PM by Patrick Belton  

BRITISH IRISH PLAYWRIGHT WINS OSCAR. WORLD REJOICES. Martin McDonagh, who was born in London in 1970 to expatriate Galway parents and then went on the dole at age 16, received an Oscar for the short film Six Shooter. Filmed with a gaggle of Irish actors (Harry Potter alumnus Brendan Gleeson along with Ruaidhri Conroy, Aisling O'Sullivan and David Wilmot), the film traces Gleeson's character on his train journey home from his wife's funeral, on which he encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young man who was not me.

There's a scene from the film, which was shot on a working Waterford commuter train, online here. Demerits to Auntie for actually referring to it as a 'comedy that's blacker than a pint of Guinness and no less intoxicating.'

Points for any astute blogger capable of uncovering how many judges thought that with Six Shooter they were voting for the cowboy film.
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