While I was home I had the wonderful opportunity to read The Sunday Independent cause the parents get it every weekend. And what a load of unreadable tosh a lot of it is. Not that there is all that much choice on a Sunday. In Sligo we get the Sindo, The Sunday Tribune and The Sunday Times. The mudder says the only reason to get the Sindo is for the jobs section, but I’ve a feeling it is more down to habit than anything else. Anyways, despite my dislike of the style of the Independent there was one article that I liked. One which pointed out the ever so slight differences between the English version of certain papers and their Irish versions.
The winner of this year’s Palme dâ€™Or at Cannes was Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley which deals with the Irish civil war, and the behaviour of British forces during the War of Independence. Now I haven’t seen the film, I’ll be going when it is released, and I’ve a feeling that I won’t like it’s politics. It’s supposed to be more in favour of the anti-treaty side, whereas I’m a Michael Collins-pro-treaty sorta person. But I’ll wait till I’ve seen the film before I judge it I’m more interested in the fact that the Sindo seems to be correct in its pointing out how the English papers are reporting it:
- The Times give ou about Loach’s Marxist philosophy and say he shouldn’t have been in Cannes as it is all about the capitalism
- The Daily Mail think that Loach just likes attacking his own country. And sure wasn’t the Empire a great thing anyway, “With all its deficiencies, it brought much of value to most of the countries it occupied. Also, it all happened a long time ago and no one should be forced to apologise for it.” Hmmm. What else should you expect from the Daily Mail though
- Back to The Times again and it again Loach is attacked for being English. Or at least, for being English and daring to suggest that the English soldiers during the War of Independence weren’t all heroes. This despite the fact that it is an historical fact that the black and tans did commit reprisals and random shootings. Course the IRA did too. Maybe Loach doesn’t show that, in which case, fair enough, complain about that. But what I particularly like is the fact that although these articles are critical of Loach and The Wind That Shakes the Barley the film itself isn’t actually reviewed. Does this mean they haven’t seen it?
Course the fact that Loach then justified the film “exclusively” in also makes me go hmmm. But as I haven’t seen the film I can’t complain about it, or judge it, unlike some who know all about it before they go:
The reason why I won’t be going to his film (which I couldn’t see before I wrote about it as it had been shown only at Cannes) is because I can’t stand its sheer predictability.
Personally I think I may be more bothered by Cillian Murphy’s voice. In all the trailers I’ve seen so far he sounds very like Gift Grub’s version of Roy Keane.