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THE GUARD

Ireland, 2011 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: John Michael McDonagh

THE GUARD

"Scabrous, profane, violent, verbally adroit and often hilarious." - Hollywood Reporter

The buddy cop genre gets an Irish reworking in The Guard, the gleefully chaotic debut feature from writer-director John Michael McDonagh.

A sleepy Galway is shaken out of its slumber by a violent crime, leaving the laconic police force to tackle a crime syndicate that's way out of their league. The rotund, sweary, beer-swilling police sergeant Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is reluctantly teamed with the fish-out-of-water FBI agent Everett, a straightlaced Don Cheadle, as they try to solve a murder and undo an international criminal conspiracy without killing one another.

D/S John Michael McDonagh P Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe Dist Transmission Films L English, Gaelic w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

Screens with Bunce, a short written by Stephen Fry and directed by Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty).

At Stouts Hill School, when the young Stephen Fry is caught with forbidden sweets from the village sweet shop, he persuades his new friend Bunce to take the blame. Intimidated by the headmaster, Bunce buckles and tells the truth, and Fry is punished.

D Peter Cattaneo P Mike Elliot S Stephen Fry WS BBC Worldwide TD 35mm/2010

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