Evelyn In America Waking Ned

  |  Buy to Own: 06/09/2004
  |  304 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Triple bill of films with an Irish theme. 'Evelyn' (2002) is a poignant family drama set in 1950s Ireland and based on a true story. Pierce Brosnan stars as Desmond Doyle, a painter/decorator whose wife walks out on the marriage and their three children, leaving him to bring them up himself and earn money to support the family. But his erratic employment leads to the children being put into the care of separate Catholic orphanages until he can prove he is able to support them financially. When he discovers that his young daughter, Evelyn (Sophie Vavasseur) is being ill-treated by the nuns at her orphanage, he is furious, and determines to do whatever he can to win back custody of his children. With the help of lawyers Michael Beattie (Stephen Rea), Nick Barron (Aidan Quinn) and Thomas Connolly (Alan Bates), he takes his battle for custody to the Irish court. 'In America' (2003) is another moving family drama, this time directed by Jim Sheridan ('My Left Foot', 'In the Name of the Father'). Young Irish actor Johnny Sullivan (Paddy Considine) smuggles his wife Sarah (Samantha Morton) and two young daughters Christy and Ariel (played by sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger) into America via Canada in the hope of jump-starting his career in New York. The couple have another, sadder reason for uprooting the family from their home in Ireland: they are mourning the recent death of their third child, a toddler son. However, despite their hopes of starting anew, New York initially turns out to be a less welcoming place than they had hoped - and the strains of poverty and city living soon start to take their toll on the tender, bereaved family. In the comedy farce 'Waking Ned' (1998), Ned Devine dies of shock after he discovers he has won the lottery. His life-long friends Michael (David Kelly) and Jackie (Ian Bannen) find the winning ticket and decide that their old mate would have wanted them to collect the money. They deduce that one of them must pass himself off as Ned. But they must convince the rest of the town to go along with their scheme, and they will need all the help that they can get in order to dupe the authorities into parting with the cash.