Spring has sprung! The way Byrneholics know this is because we just celebrated Gabriel Byrne’s birthday. And, while we were doing that, we also celebrated the 10th birthday of Byrneholics Online!

Yes, it’s been ten years since those first heady days in 2008, when Gabriel knocked us all sideways with his portrayal of Paul Weston in In Treatment. Can you believe it? Tempus fugit when you are having fun.

Now that the birthday celebrations are completed, it’s time to take a look at what’s happening in the World of Byrne. And there is, as usual, a lot!

IFTA Nominees: My Astonishing Self: Gabriel Byrne on George Bernard Shaw

2018 IFTA Gala Television Awards will be held in Dublin on May 31 and the nominees include categories of drama, comedy, reality, and, of course, documentary, and that’s what we care about most, isn’t it?

In the Best Single Documentary category, which is presented in association with BAI, the outstanding nominees are Autism and Me, a revealing documentary exploring the autism spectrum through the experiences of a number of Irish children, teenagers and young adults; also nominated this year is The Great Irish Sell-Off in which Ian Kehoe explores how a small number of financial giants have bought close to 200 billion euros of distressed Irish debt in recent years; Pearl Harbour – The Heroes Who Fought Backgives an fresh insight into the disaster and tells the true stories of the men that went above and beyond the call of duty. Brendan Courtney’s poignant We Need to Talk About Dad, which explores the toughest decision his family has had to make and how that decision can tear a family apart. Also nominated is the superb Shaw: My Astonishing Self, presented by Gabriel Byrne, exploring the life and times of Ireland’s brilliant satirist George Bernard Shaw.

What?! You have not watched it yet? Well, the video is in the header above, so give it a click and enjoy Gabriel’s enthusiastic and thoughtful examination of this legendary writer and wit. It’s only 52 minutes long.

Fingers crossed for all three categories:

Best Single Documentary

Best Television Director: Gerry Hoban

Editing Television: Iseult Howlett

Gabriel Byrne in a scene from My Astonishing Life

Lies We Tell at Cannes

Many of us have been lucky enough to see Lies We Tell already, but much of the world has not. That is about to be remedied! Also, the DVD is out now, so go grab it!

All smiles in Yorkshire: Gabriel Byrne and Sibylla Deen behind the scenes of Lies We Tell

Brian Gleeson joins Death of a Ladies’ Man

Screen Daily has the scoop:

Brian Gleeson has boarded Corey Marr Productions’ Death Of A Ladies’ Man, which Celluloid Dreams is introducing to worldwide buyers in Cannes next week.

Matthew Bissonnette will direct and the producers have earmarked an autumn start in Montreal and the West Coast of Ireland.

Mr. Gleeson, son of Brendan, is set to play Gabriel’s character’s father in the film. Yes, you read that correctly. The film is now being described as a “comedy-drama.” This should be so much fun!

Does Brian (he pronounces his name “Breen”) look familiar to you? Well, he should. You’ve seen him recently in films such as Assassin’s Creed, Logan Lucky, Mother!, and Phantom Thread.

AND he played Sinclair, Quirke’s assistant, in Quirke. So nice to see Mr. Byrne and Mr. Gleeson The Younger reunited.

Shooting has been pushed back to the fall of 2018. Just so you know.

Mongrel Media, “a leading independent film distributor focused on bringing the best of local and world cinema to Canadian audiences,” has set up a webpage for Death of a Ladie’s Man. There is nothing there.

Yet! wink

Element Pictures will distribute in Ireland. We should know more about distribution world-wide after Cannes.

Brian Gleeson

Summer Move Guide: The 24 films everyone will be talking about

The Washington Post puts Hereditary at the #3 spot, which is high praise!

From the moment the trailer dropped for the feature debut of writer-director Ari Aster, it was clear that this deeply unsettling horror film — about the supernatural legacy of an old woman whose funeral sets the story in motion — had visual style to burn. Centering on a family of four with a history of mental illness and mysterious rituals, the movie’s increasingly unhinged mayhem is grounded by Collette’s tour-de-force performance, in the role of a visual artist (and less-than-perfect mother) whose work consists of miniature dollhouses that plumb her own nightmarish autobiography.

Pulp Librarian on Excalibur

This is a GREAT Twitter thread by Pulp Librarian on the making of John Boorman’s Excalibur. Wonderful analysis and some beautiful pics! Click the tweet below and then read those tweets that follow to see the whole story.

Heads Up

Byrneholics does not do Instagram, but someone does. I have alerted them to the problem of using the name “Byrneholics” on their account, but so far, no response.

I would not be so concerned about this except that this account posts private pictures from other Instagram users  and they never provide attribution, something I care about a lot. If you are going to put someone else’s picture in your gallery, you should note whose work it really is. I try to do that as much as possible.

Byrneholics DOES have a gigantic collection of Gabriel pictures available for your enjoyment in The Gallery!

A Blast From The Past

Trial by Jury, a thriller starring Gabriel Byrne and Joanne Whalley (as well as Armand Assante and William Hurt), was released in 1994. Before that film was made, they appeared, as stars often did back in the day, in a music video in 1986. The song is by David + David. Where did they go, I wonder? How these things end up on YouTube I know not, but they do, and we are the happier for it. Enjoy!

And that’s the news for May. One last tidbit: director Daniel Adams reports on Facebook that An L. A. Minute will be released sometime this summer, so stay tuned for that!

And I’ll end on a wallpapery note:

Fangirl Birthday Wallpaper from 2009: the first Gabriel Birthday Wallpaper I ever made. heart

9 Comments

  1. Congratulations with Byrneholics 10 years!
    You have done wonderful work for us all in those 10 years Stella! ❤

    Thank you very much!

    Nora from Norway

    • And Nora, you have been a loyal fan and supporter of Byrneholics each and every one of those 10 years and I really appreciate that! Here’s to the next 10! <3

  2. Martin Rynhart

    I went to school with Gabriel for many years and we were good friends he loved staying in our house, and I could tell many a story.

  3. Congratulations of 10th Anniversary of Byrneholics! Thank you for your great work, Stella! You’re doing it with careful attention to the tiny details and deep respect for Mr. Byrne. l love reading news about Gabriel’s projects and find some new information about his previous works. I wish good luck for “My Astonishing Self” at IFTA 2018 and look forward to watching his new films. ❤

  4. Well, first of all I`d like to join my previous speakers. Stella, you`re doing a great job!!!
    And, wow! What a surprise! “Ain`t so easy” by David + David – I`ve been looking for this video for decades and never found it. What a blessing that I`m allowed to experience this in my life! ;-)
    Stella, you`re the greatest! Keep up the great work!

  5. Congratulations on the 10th Anniversary Stella. I always look forward to the next new post.

    Angelle from Canada

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