So many of us are away on vacation now, relaxing in exotic locales, hanging out with family for a summer break, or just getting our feet wet at the beach. Taking it easy. It was a very busy Spring! And now we can kick back a bit.
But not Mr. Gabriel Byrne! No sir! He is not kicking back. At all. In fact, he is Action Verb Man this summer and there is no sign of a slow-down.
So, check out the latest news and then you can take that nap you’ve been putting off. It’s summer. For you and me, anyway. wink
PS. I realize some of you do NOT live in the Northern Hemisphere, so I apologize for all my “summer” talk. Please enjoy whatever season you are experiencing at this time, ok?
Filming: Death of a Ladies’ Man in Ireland
Jade G. Goodfellow, costume designer, shared this wonderful pic on Instagram. Her message: “Had such a fab time working with this absolute gent. Hashtags: #filming #gabrielbyrne #gent #crewlife #costume #ireland #galway #connemara” I’ve visited Galway and I can’t think of a better place to be working in the summertime. It is a great town. I am full of envy, but also very happy because I know that being home in Ireland is lovely for our favorite Irishman.
Ra, our fellow Byrneholic, also shared some pics she discovered on Instagram. While browsing for books in Clifden, the largest of the small towns of Connemara, Ireland, it was discovered that Gabriel always wanted to work in a bookshop! Of course. As a librarian (retired), this makes me very happy. heart
It appears the film is wrapping up in Ireland already, so we should be hearing more news soon. Update: And indeed, here’s a pic of Gabriel at Shannon Airport on June 10, probably heading home. Thanks to Kate McLoughney for sharing on Facebook!
The three 90-minute episode television series is one of those staples of the BBC that is both refreshing and infuriating. It’s refreshing because it avoids all the padding that is so commonplace among those direct-to-binge, 10-episode shows premiering regularly now on Netflix and other streaming providers. But it’s infuriating to find a series that is so well written and produced, you love the characters and wish there was more… in BBC’s Quirke, Gabriel Byrne inhabits his lead character in one of his best performances, leaving viewers wishing the series would have continued for a few more seasons.
Quirke is also available from AmazonUK on DVD and you can find it on eBay as well.
Producing: Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom Off Broadway
Putting on his producing hat and working with his friend and colleague, the writer Colum McCann, Gabriel brings something new to the stage, with the official opening night set for June 13. Playbill has the details:
Irish Rep expands its summer programming with the world premiere of Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom, an adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses co-written by Aedín Moloney (The Dead, 1904) and Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin). Moloney will perform in the limited engagement, scheduled to run June 7–July 7.
Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom will be directed by Kira Simring (Crackskull Row), and will feature music by Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains).
The monologue play takes us into the mind of Molly Bloom, wife to the wandering, philandering Leopold “Poldy” Bloom, Joyce’s hero and protagonist in Ulysses. In the early hours of the morning in 1904, Molly Bloom faces an empty nest, an unfulfilling affair and a marriage long past its prime. As she patrols the pathways of her wild and leaping consciousness, she must find a way back to the rock-bed of love that she once knew.
Performances will be in Irish Rep’s W. Scott McLucas Studio Stage, with an opening night set for June 13. The production is presented in association with Gabriel Byrne (Long Day’s Journey into Night).
Ranking: HBO Shows
In Treatment is always being discovered by new viewers. HBO still provides access to it, of course, and Amazon offers it for streaming as well. Original fans might have the complete DVD set. The point is: people are watching it constantly, talking about it, arguing about it. And that is the sign of great drama and fantastic acting. In this recent ranking, out of 74 shows, In Treatment ranked #34, which is not as high as it deserves, but is acceptable considering it might have been eclipsed by newer, flashier, stranger fare. It is a milestone of television drama and will always rank as one of Gabriel Byrne’s greatest screen achievements. That’s what I say. What do you say?
Every HBO Show, Ranked: Taking stock of the premium network’s formidable catalogue, by Noel Murray and Scott Tobias, for Vulture
34. In Treatment (2008–10)
Based on an Israeli series called BeTipul, In Treatment produced an astonishing 106 episodes over three seasons, each airing on successive weeknights, and each about single characters discussing their problems with a therapist, played by Gabriel Byrne. Want to watch a fighter pilot (Blair Underwood) talk through his PTSD? Or an architecture student diagnosed with lymphoma? You could tune into their sessions on the same days every week. Even at 30 minutes or less per session, the time commitment was a big ask, and skipping episodes meant losing some breakthrough moment, or missing Byrne’s own psychological slippage. But In Treatment remains an absorbing experiment and as thoughtful a window into therapy as TV has produced.
So, exactly how does one rate 74 shows spanning over three decades of cable television programming? To find out how these two guys did it and what they discovered along the way, read What We Learned From Watching Every HBO Show Ever.
Co-Starring: War of the Worlds
If you have not yet tried Good Omens on Amazon, you are missing a great summer treat. Michael Sheen (left) and David Tennant are wickedly funny one moment, creepily odd the next, and they bounce off each other on screen just like the angel and the demon they play. Great stuff by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, with Frances McDormand as the voice of God. Bold and literary. Watch it!
In addition to providing you with a fun summertime viewing recommendation, I mention Good Omens because there IS a Gabriel connection. You will recall that Gabriel and David Tennant starred in Mad To Be Normal, the story of R. D. Laing and his work at Kingsley Hall in the late 1960’s. As it happens, David Tennant (Dr. Who himself!) has a son: Ty Tennant. Ty is an actor. Who is a supporting cast member. On War of the Worlds! It will be fun to see this young newcomer on screen, along with Gabriel and Elizabeth McGovern, as they try to survive an alien invasion.
Ty made his acting debut on the BBC series Casualty.
From BBC America/Anglophenia:
Though Casualty marks Ty’s TV debut, it isn’t his only screen appearance this month. He has a small role as Young Christopher Wiseman in Tolkien, the biographical drama starring Nicholas Hoult which opens in theaters Friday.
And he’s also been cast opposite Gabriel Byrne and Downton Abbey‘s Elizabeth McGovern in the new War of the Worlds TV series, which is in production now.
Blasting from the Past: Cannes 1995
Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Social media makes it possible to share ideas and opinions faster and better than ever. More importantly for us, however, social media makes news and images available that, not so long ago, we would have been desperately poring over print to discover.
Sometimes the images we are hunting are from current films or other projects. Social media fills that need, but it also makes the past available to us in ways unimaginable before the advent of the interwebs.
Thus, thanks to a lead on Twitter, we have these new (to me, at least) shots of Gabriel Byrne attending the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, in support of his latest film, The Usual Suspects.
Next time you rail against the craziness that is Twitter, or the political nightmare that Facebook can be, or the selfie-heaven that is Instagram, remember: there is good stuff out there, too. smile
Coming Soon: Lies We Tell Mega Movie Page
As the saying goes, progress is being made! Here’s a teaser:
Decorating: Summertime Wallpaper
What? You’ve nothing summery to dress up your desktop? Now you do. Enjoy and stay tuned for more Byrne-ing News as it happens!