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Feminist Dystopia ‘Last Ones Alive’ Is Getting a Film Adaptation!

The film rights to Sarah Davis-Goff’s dystopian novel Last Ones Left Alive have been acquired by Irish production company Treasure Entertainment, which means we’re getting a film adaptation on the way!

"The Last Ones Left Alive" Cover

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Last Ones Left Alive oscillates between a young Orpen training as a child on her peaceful island-home of Slanbeg and Orpen as an adult traveling towards the mysterious Phoenix City.

Add in a four-legged companion and her wounded, wheelbarrow-bound guardian and you have a harrowing journey made all the more despite, and thus dramatic.

 

Sarah Davis-Groff

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The Times writes that “[Sarah Davis-Goff] sees it as a wasteful dismissal of ‘the experiences, viewpoints and brilliant work of women’. Her enjoyable debut novel suffers from no such deficit,” and that might be the best summation of this novel.

Feminist, kickass, The Guardian noted that the novel “runs compellingly enough to an irresistible internal logic of violence,” with the The Irish Times writing “Davis-Goff blends narrow and wide lens writing to good effect”.

 

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Perhaps it’s shouldn’t be as astonishing for the novel to get a film adaptation, but I can’t help but be blown away considered it was published by Tinder Press just a month ago on March 7, 2019.

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Screen Daily reports that Treasure Entertainment has bought film rights. Producer Rebecca O’Flanagan said in a statement that:

From my first read, I was struck by the visual nature of the book and could immediately see that it was a story that has huge potential to hit international screens with iconic and far-reaching success.

So far it’s not known who will be involved in the project. Davis-Goff is said to be “creatively involved” but will not write the screenplay. That makes sense, considering that Totally Dublin reports that “Davis-Goff has signed a two-book deal with publisher Tinder Press, so horror fans can expect another page-turner in the near-future”.

What are you more excited for: the film adaptation or the sequel novel?

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Tourism Makes Ireland €58 Million!

We have learned the startling news: Game of Thrones fans traveled from far and wide to Ireland to visit the show’s shooting locations, bringing in €58 million, equivalent to a startling $65,305,100.

 

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Straight from The Irish Times, we have learned that Game of Thrones fans made up of about 350,000 visitors, which is one in every six out-of-state tourists.

John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI is quoted as saying:

“It has been a phenomenal success and it has been fantastic for Northern Ireland to be associated with this worldwide success over the past ten years. It has been so positive for Northern Ireland and HBO has been very, very good to us throughout this time.”

No kidding!

For those unaware, much of Game of Thrones‘ sets are actual locations, and Ireland is home to many of our favorite locations: including the Haunted Forest and the Kingsroad.

This is Kingsroad in the show:

 

Kingsroad

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And this is Ireland’s “The Dark Hedges”.

 

Kingsroad in ireland

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I want to go there.

Japan Today quotes tour guide by the name of Patrick Rogan who says, “We had people from Patagonia, from New Zealand, from Japan, from Russia, from South Korea and Europe, so I think that tells its own story.”

It seems industry is booming thanks to a TV series that gives the country publicity money just can’t buy—well, it can, but at least Ireland isn’t spending it.

 

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But, I hear you ponder, what will happen when the show ends? After all, it’s still in its final season, and we don’t have any news about what’s going on with the Game of Thrones prequel.

Never fear!

John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism in Northern Ireland, has calmed everyone’s worries with this quote:

“We’re going to have a permanent attraction in Northern Ireland for fans with the Game of Thrones legacy experiences. The first attraction – the Game of Thrones studio tour – is due to open in spring 2020 at the Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge….[t]his new 110,000sq ft interactive experience will give fans the opportunity to see behind the scenes how the series is made and feature many of the original props and costumes and sets from the series, which is going to be very exciting.”

It’s seems like Ireland is taking a page out of New Zeland’s playbook, given that they also have an attraction dedicated to Lord of Rings, showing off the sets and locations, complete with gift shops and food.

 

 

Lord of the Rings New Zealand tour

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Despite being called ‘fantasy’, the genre of Fantasy gives us real world benefit besides escapism.

 

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Book by Author Who Raised €135K for Cancer Before Her Death Goes to #1

Skyrocketing to the number one spot on the Irish bestseller fiction list just three days after its release on February 28th, Emma Hannigan’s The Gift of Friends was sadly, published posthumously.

 

The Gift of Friends is, according to the blurb,  “a life-affirming, uplifting story that celebrates the strength and joys of female friendship across generations”.

 

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As we watch the novel jump into the hands of many readers, we are reminded of the author’s final days. “All good things must come to an end. The time that I knew was borrowed must be given back soon, so it seems,” author Emma Hannigan wrote on her Facebook page four weeks before her untimely death from breast cancer.

Before her death, a social media campaign was launched with the hashtag that said #HelpEmmaHelpOthers, urging people to raise €100,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. The Irish Times notes that “the campaign raised over €135,000 (approx $152,600) within three weeks”. Then, just a few days before her death, Emma Hannigian announced that her thirteenth novel had been completed.

 

The late Emma Hannigan

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As we collect our copies of Hannigan’s final book, we must think of her philosophy, as remembered by her father Philip. “…[L]ook into the past,” Philip Hannigan told the independent, “and try to just remember the good things. If you remember the bad, you end up bitter and sad.”

 

 

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Garry Hynes’ ‘Waiting for Godot’ Will Play at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

Let’s go!

We can’t

Why not?

We’re waiting for Godot.

Ah, yes.

 

This is the repetitive dialogue between Vladimir and Estragon in Irish playwright Sameul Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The story revolves around two men standing by a tree waiting for a character named Godot (the pronunciation is God-oh). While waiting, the duo talks about many absurd issues, arguing and reconciling, and figuring out games to fill in the time. The absence of this unknown being creates an agitated atmosphere.

 

Since the script was published in 1952, Waiting for Godot has been put on stage ceaselessly. Now, the Garry Hynes-directed production of Waiting for Godot from Ireland’s distinguished Druid Theatre will play Off-Broadway from October 16th to November 18th, in Lincoln Center’s 2018 White Light Festival. 

 

 

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Garry Hynes co-founded the Druid Theatre Company in Dublin in 1975. She’s worked as the Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to present. Her brilliant list of awards includes the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998), the Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Directing for The Cripple of Inishman (2009). She received The Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards for Best Director for DruidShakespeare, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Waiting for Godot, as well as a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre (2005).

 

 

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One concern about adapting a classic literary work is that how to surprise the audience? In an interview, Director Hynes said:

 

You never know how a production is going to be responded to and you certainly never know in a play like this…One of difficulties in actually rehearsing the play was as you were setting it up, you were looking at this iconic images coming to life. One the one hand, I’ve seen this all before, in a hundred other productions or photographs, and yet at the same time you’re trying to own it and make this something that comes out of your own heart. So, to have audiences respond in such a way saying, ‘Wow! I love that’ rather than saying ‘Oh, I’ve seen Waiting for Godot.’ That’s been great.

 

 

 

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The crew is amazing:

 

Starring Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan, and Marty Rea, with Nathan Reid and Jaden Pace

Francis O’Connor, set and costume design

James F. Ingalls, lighting design

Greg Clarke, sound design

Nick Winston, movement director

Produced by Druid

 

 

 

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The frame-like setting attracts me a lot. I’m ready to buy the ticket, review Beckett’s words, and waiting for Garry Hynes’ Waiting for Godot in Lincoln Center! Would you wanna come with me:)?

 

 

 

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There Is an Irish Marvel Superhero Whose Superpower Is Literally ‘Luck of the Irish’

I learned something distressing as I scrolled on popular social networking site Twitter.com this afternoon. Well, most of what I learn from Twitter is generally distressing on some level, but this nugget of information was particularly bad.

 

The information is as follows:

 

There exists in this world of ours, a Marvel-created Irish superhero. That in itself is not distressing. I am, of course, all for the representation of my oft-ridiculed people. However, this superhero is named Shamrock, and really there’s no coming back from that. Of course there is no attempt to thereafter steer clear of Irish stereotypes.

 

Shamrock’s name is Molly Fitzgerald, she has red hair, a bright green shamrock themed costume, a father deeply involved in Irish nationalist terrorist movement the Irish Republican Army, (think of them as you sip on your Irish Carbomb cocktails…) and her superpower is, to put it quite simply, the Luck of the Irish. She hails from Dunshaughlin, pronounced ‘Dun-shock-lin’, a town in County Meath, just outside Dublin, which I can only assume the creators chose because it sounds, like, really, really Irish.

 

Shamrock continues absolutely milking those Irish stereotypes by serving “as a vessel for displaced poltergeists and souls that have died as innocent victims of war; these spirits manifest themselves for fractions of seconds to cause good luck for her and bad luck for those who oppose her..” Begorah! 

 

Amusingly, a further Twitter user pointed out that the ‘Reception’ section of her relatively sparse Wikipedia page reads: 

 

Screen Rant ranked Shamrock as one of the superheroes that Marvel wants you to forget.

 

Comic Book Resources placed her as one of the superheroes Marvel wants you to forget.

 

I cannot say that Screen Rant and Comic Book Resources are wrong. Thrill to the original bearer of the bad news below: 

 

 

I have to say, my stomach did noticeably unclench once I made it to the end of the Wikipedia entry without a single mention of potatoes or Guinness. Today, I am thankful for small blessings. 

 

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