CALVARY – interview with John Michael McDonagh


Following the international success of The Guard writer/director John Michael McDonagh returns with Calvary. This blackly comic drama about a good priest tormented by his community in a small and picturesque Irish town reunites McDonagh with the brilliant Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson is Father James who is threatened with death during a startling confession. A man tells of how he was sexually abused by a priest from the age of seven, and has decided that the only way to rectify matters is to kill an innocent clergyman. He calmly gives Father James a week to get his matters in order. Father James knows the man who made the threat, but his identity remains a mystery to the audience. Like an Agatha Christie mystery Calvary takes us on a twisted and humorous journey through a motley crew of villager suspects. A fantastic supporting cast includes Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) and Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), as a wide range of richly drawn characters.

To find out more about the film, Greg King spoke with director John Michael McDonagh for his Movies At Dusk program.

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