Shot over the course of a year, this film has interviews with the most important Dublin skaters of the last two decades as well as previously unseen old home videos. To hear more about the background of the film, Jay Carax caught up with the producer Dave Leahy.
A gritty, urban poetry shines through Products of the Environment, a compilation album on Working Class Records. Track after track documents growing up with little in the way of options and realities dominated by drug abuse, crime and paranoia. Accompanying videos capture blighted estates full of hooded youth, pushed to the margins by the city’s economic apartheid. The sort of places the rest of us just cycle through.
He was number one of ten thousand and had been tormented by unspeakable lusts all his life. His cock was like a black hole in his trousers. All of his thoughts got sucked down into it. Given the chance he’d have been a fulltime fucker, leaping from body to grasping body, composing verses on the hop. If the world had been logical from his point of view, he would have … Read More
It’s the season of stockings and lists. The natural occasion to ask this bunch of messers to scribble down their highlights.
A dreary Dublin day on O’Connell Street is never an extraordinary thing: the grey colour of slightly run down buildings, bustling people, a walkway peppered with Jim Larkin, the Virgin Mary, O’Connell, and the odd bit of greenery. Conor Tobin tries to find some meaning in the gigantic metal spike that defiantly rises above them all. No, it is not an antenna, not some steel pylon that you imagined to be … Read More
Ryan Gosling revisits the character of monosyllabic, simpleton Lars, now transported from the American Midwest to Los Angeles where he has a job as stunt driver/get away driver and a mechanic. He no longer needs to purchase female companionship from the internet, now he just needs to stare at ladies in elevators and ingeniously bribe their offspring with toothpicks to have them forgetting their wedding vows. Drive is a film … Read More
Here’s a fly-on-the-wall documentary about a major American newspaper trying to find its feet in the digital age. Over the course of a year, Andrew Rossi filmed in the offices of the New York Times; gaining unprecedented access to its daily workings and capturing it at a unique juncture where dailies played a grim race to see who went under first. Season 5 of The Wire constantly springs to mind: it’s a lot of quick talking guys chewing the cud on the ethics of journalism and avoiding redundancy offers.
Now in its ninth year, the ‘Hard Working Class Heroes’ festival (HWCH) hit venues across Dublin in early October. HWCH has become an integral part of the Irish music calendar as it continues to showcase much of Ireland’s best and brightest emerging musical talents. Year on year the standard of artists, musicians and bands seems to improve ever greater, and the 2011 vintage was no different. Barry Healy was rabble’s eyes and ears at this year’s festival, here a few acts to keep your eyes peeled for.
Dublin reggae fans and all sound system heads, are in for a real treat over the next few weeks: the Reggae Movement exhibition is due in town. Curated by Ronan Lynch of Irie Up magazine, the show promises an illustrated journey into the history of sound system culture, not to mention the chance to get your wind on to some dancehall. James Redmond hears why the only good system is a sound system.
Belfast comic creator Patrick Brown has just released the fifth print issue of his epic webcomic The Cattle Raid of Cooley. Patrick has been publishing roughly a page per week since August 2008, and his interpretation of one of Ireland’s most famous folk legends, the Táin Bó Cúailnge, now boasts 140 pages. To mark the release, Kevin Squires interviewed Patrick for rabble.ie: