Setanta to show Irish movies

Setanta Sport is extending its remit by showing 20 Irish movies and documentaries this summer following a deal with the Irish Film Board. The move follows Setanta’s live free-to-air screening of U2’s Glastonbury concert last weekend and is seen as a continuing strategy to help broaden the sports channel’s appeal.

John Hurt

The line-up of Irish features includes Night Train with John Hurt (above) and Brenda Blethyn, The Last Bus Home starring Brian O’Byrne of Million Dollar Baby and Mildred Pierce fame, Paddy Breathnach’s Ailsa and the documentary The Trial about the trial of former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj.

Showing next Wednesday is H3 , set in the H-Blocks of the Maze prison and co-written by Laurence McKeown, who spent 70 days on hunger strike. The story starts in 1981 and runs until Bobby Sands’ death in May of that year. The hunger strikers’ campaign is filmed through the eyes of fictional characters.

Elsewhere on the Irish film front, developer Harry Crosbie has signed a deal with Odeon and UCI Cinemas, Europe’s largest cinema operator, to locate a six-screen multiplex in the Point Village, opposite the 02 and beside the Gibson hotel. Point Pictures is due to open in late October.

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