Seeing what’s on beyond the Pale
Gerry Hough, a reader from Thurles writes to complain about the continuing difficulty of locating less mainstream films in cinemas outside Dublin. A few weeks back Gerry had to travel to from Tipperary to the Big Smoke to catch both The White Ribbon and (more surprisingly) the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man. It is, indeed, a strange world in which the Coens’ latest can open in just three screens while a low-budget Irish comedy such as Situations Vacant can debut in 19.
Anyway, the good news is that, following old-school distribution patterns, A Serious Man has now expanded to 15 screens nationwide. It’s a bit late for Gerry, mind.
Robert Sheehan in Summer of the Flying Saucer