Banshees’ Martin McDonagh: It is peculiar Irish film has taken world by storm


artin McDonagh said it is “kind of peculiar” that his Irish film The Banshees Of Inisherin has won the hearts of the community after arriving at the 95th Academy Awards.

The British-Irish director’s unlit comedy secured nine Oscar nods including for best director and best original screenplay, and is also in the running for best film.

The movie stars Colin Farrell as Padraic and Brendon Gleeson as Colm, two dilapidated friends who find themselves in an unusual situation when Colm puts an abrupt terminate to their relationship.

The cast also includes Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan, and the account is set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1923.

Speaking about the success of the film, 52-year-dilapidated McDonagh told Sky News on the Oscars welcome carpet: “It’s been crazy. It’s done (well) all over the world, it’s kind of peculiar for a small-ish Irish film to maintain done all that, but we like it.”

Farrell, who arrived on the carpet with his son Henry Tadeusz Farrell, is up for best actor while Gleeson and Keoghan are nominated for supporting actor and Condon for supporting actress.

McDonagh said of Farrell’s performance: “He’s so open to being broken, he’s so sensitive, and he’s so nuanced, both heart-breaking and humorous all at the same time. His change from the first scene to the terminate is momentous so I’m not sure if I’ve seen that on screen before. He gets my vote.”

He continued talking about Keoghan and Condon respectively: “(Barry Keoghan) is incredible.

“I kind of studied his work, even though he’s quite young, for seven or eight years. He’s been doing brilliant, idiosyncratic things. I’m so glad his brilliant work in this has been recognised.

“Kerry (Condon) and I recede back 22 years, even though she’s still very young. She was brilliant in a play of mine that…so I’ve always known how apt she is, but I’m so glad that the whole world is getting to see that now.”

Irish actress Condon, 40, later told Sky News she is “so satisfied” to be at the Oscars that she does not mind what the outcome is.

She said: “It’s the terminate of the road so I hope I won’t secure too emotional… I’m exhausted too and when I secure exhausted I start crying. I’m just so satisfied to be here, I don’t mind what happens.”

Asked if she had an acceptance speech prepared, she said: “I maintain got people in my mind that I don’t want to forget but I haven’t written anything, no.”

Condon was dressed in a sparkling yellow Versace gown, which she said had been the colour of her childhood bedroom.

“It makes me feel like me,” she said.

Speaking on the carpet, Gleeson, 67, said he hoped McDonagh took home at least one prize at the Oscars ceremony.

“Honestly, no one is going to believe me when I say this, but I’m just taking joy out of all this. It’s a historic occasion. It’s a cinematic account that’s ours, that works in a cinematic town and all over the world.

“What’s worthy about Martin is he didn’t want to adjacent back with anything just to fabricate it happen. I contemplate this is his best writing so far…it could maintain been a very small film for a very small audience in terms of its reach but now it’s universal reach that’s what this is all about. It’s fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Paul Mescal said he feels like he is on a “crazy train” after being nominated for his first Academy Award.

The Irish star, 27, takes on Farrell and his “idol” Brendan Fraser in the best actor category for coming-of-age drama Aftersun.

Asked on the event’s carpet how he felt, he replied: “Like I’m on a crazy train accurate now and I haven’t really caught my breath.”

Mescal recalled how Fraser had reached out to him following the nominations, adding: “Brendan is one of my idols and has been for a long, long time.

“So him reaching out… it was so unbelievable. He’s just an incredibly generous man.”