Friday, 15 April 2016

Brooklyn, Square Chapel for the Arts, Halifax - Friday 15th April 2016

Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan(Image accessed from

Arts and Biscuits is part of the Films at Square Chapel programme.  As well as tea and coffee, Irish biscuits were available, courtesy by of a member of staff at Square Chapel. What is refreshing about watching films there; no commercial trailers and films start at the times stated.

Brooklyn, written by Nick Hornby and based on Colm Tobin's novel, is directed by John Crowley.  This award winning film, released in 2015, stars Saoirse Ronan as Ellis Lacey who is given an opportunity to pursue a better life in the United States.  She, like many Irish immigrants, is destined for Brooklyn.

The film follows Ellis' journey in adapting to life in the US amid homesickness and uncertainty.  She falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen) who has Italian origin.  The story explores and tradition, immigration and migration, loneliness and love, tragedy and hope. All these themes are intertwined with the warmth and wit the Irish is well known for.

Ellis, forgets what the town was really like until a past encounter reminded her and quickly prompts her future when she emigrated in the beginning and when she appears to settle in the town on her return to Ireland.

A wonderful film with great acting by Ronan, Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. Certainly worth another viewing!

Dawn Smallwood
15th April 2016

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