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Oliver Farry is an Irish writer, journalist and translator living in Paris.
We can never know why the modern reader prefers Jane Austen to Walter Scott, or if anyone will still be reading Hilary Mantel in a century’s time.
Too often these days, particularly in commercial cinema, the credo seems to be more is more.
A locale you know intimately on screen gives you more than a flicker of recognition, a jarring effect that can prevent you from fully engaging with the film.
From kids playing at their first Fleadh Cheoil na h-Éireann to the uncelebrated session musicians of decades past.
In an age of unprecedented foreign travel, tourists get quite a bad rap, not least from tourists themselves.
Though they are rarely operational these days, lighthouses remain culturally powerful and maintain a strong hold on the imagination.
Looking behind the preferred casts of directors throughout the history of cinema who always use the same actors.
Street names tell of a city's character and story, rather than simply being a function to help us get around.
Too often, films are very inarticulate when talking about books.
Beyond propaganda, trying to get under the skin of despots and dictators is a near-impossible task.