The Banshees of Inisherin London film premiere 2023
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN follows lifelong friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Padraic, aided by his sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Padraic's repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend's resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences.
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- Release in Cinemas: 2022-11-04
- Runtime: 114 minutes
- directors: Martin McDonagh
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- All of the main characters' sweaters were made by the same elderly man, who knit them by hand specifically for the film. He also knit doubles for each sweater. He was not present on set, and did not meet the actors prior to creating the pieces for them.
- The J.J. Devine Public House was purpose-built for the production on Achill Island in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. Since a planning permit had not been acquired, the pub had to be demolished when the film wrapped.
- Colin Farrell had several incidents with animals during the shoot. Jenny, the miniature donkey, kicked him while he was hand-feeding her. Second, the dog portraying Brendan Gleeson's pet bit him. Thirdly, a horse leading a cart Farrell was in tried to reverse the cart into the ocean.
- "Banshee" is the anglicized term for "bean sí" from old Irish meaning, "woman of the fairy mound" or "fairy woman." She is a spirit in Irish folklore who heralds the death of a family member, usually by screaming, wailing, shrieking, or keening.
- Jenny, the miniature donkey portraying Colin Farrell's pet (also named Jenny, likely to help her react to cues,) had never been in a movie before. She was not a trained animal actor, and seemed to detest the experience (Farrell himself joked that she was the biggest diva on set.) A second donkey with ample experience on sets, Nosy Rosy, filled in as her double.
- Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson agreed to be in the film seven years before it was greenlit.
- Much of Brendan Gleeson's wardrobe was designed with the silhouette of Old West heroes in mind.
- While working on the score for the film, composer Carter Burwell said director Martin McDonagh gave him one golden rule by which to abide: no traditional Irish music.
- Brendan Gleeson is a skilled fiddle player in real life and plays his own music here just as he did in Michael Collins (1996), The Grand Seduction (2013), and Cold Mountain (2003).
- Barry Keoghan and Colin Farrell lived in the same apartment while shooting in Ireland. Keoghan admits he drove Farrell crazy by leaving messes and eating all of Farrell's favorite cereal. Farrell, who Keoghan calls an older brother figure, said the experience was like "living in the episode of [MTV's] The Real World."
- The Banshees of Inisherin, original title The Banshees of Inisheer, was intended to be the third installment in a series of Martin McDonagh's stage plays, dubbed the 'Aran Islands Trilogy', which included The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
- According to the wardrobe department, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were both heavily involved in their character's costuming process, and both showed a deep understanding of how clothing could transform a scene.
- Colin Farrell's character 'Pádraic Súilleabháin' is the original Gaelic spelling for what in English has become Patrick Sullivan.
- It is mentioned in the film that the war might end soon. When the film begins (April 1, 1923), the 11-month-long Irish Civil War was less than two months away from ending.
- All four top billed actors (Gleeson, Farrell, Condon and Keoghan) are actually from Ireland, where the film is set.
- Though it is implied Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan's character have a wide age gap, in reality, they are only 9 years apart.
- Colin Farrell's third project with Martin McDonagh, and his third project with Barry Keoghan.
- When the film premiered at the 2022 Venice International Film Festival, it received a 15-minute standing ovation.
- The main characters discuss that "it takes two to tango", which is a fancy way of saying that it takes two people to argue because you can't argue with yourself. While tango was very popular music in the 20s when the action of the movie occurs, the phrase "it takes two to tango" originated much later in 1952, in a popular song interpreted by Pearl Bailey.
- Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan also appeared in The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) and The Batman (2022).
- Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson also starred together in In Bruges (2008), also directed by Martin McDonagh.
- Brendan Gleeson and director/writer Martin McDonagh also worked in the Academy Award winning short film Six Shooter (2004).
- The last scene of the movie was shot on the last day of filming. Speaking to British channel and production company Film4, Martin McDonagh said he did not know at the beginning of the script whether the film would have a "happier ending or a sadder ending. It could have gone either way". It was only after the rest of the movie was shot and elements of the script were incorporated into the film that the story gained its own tone; it was then decided what the end would be, and the last scene was shot. It should feel that "there was no other way for the story to end" according to the director.
- Inisherin is a fictional place.
- Body Count: 2, Dominic Kearney (Barry Keoghan) commits suicide and the pony Jenny chokes to death. If you count all five of Colm's severed fingers, that brings the grand total to 7.