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Long time Real World Records artist and member of The Gloaming Iarla Ó Lionáird has turned his hand to acting as well as singing in the new John Crowley directed film Brooklyn.
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015, is based on the book of the same name by Colm Tóibín and has been adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby. It tells the story of young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) as she navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn.
Ó Lionáird plays the character of Frankie Doran giving a performance worthy of special mention by Mark Kermode in his film review for The Observer newspaper:
"In one sublime sequence that echoes the poetry of the Pogues' Fairytale of New York, Eilis serves a communal Christmas dinner to the downtrodden men who "built the tunnels and bridges", one of whom (played by angel-voiced Iarla Ó Lionáird) stands to sing the traditional Irish love song Casadh an tSúgáin. Wisely, Crowley allows Ó Lionáird's voice to ring unaccompanied before Michael Brook's orchestration appears (wonderful to hear a score that is lyrical without recourse to the ladle), a montage of silent faces offering fleeting portraits of homes left and loves lost."
Composer Michael Brook has worked extensively with Real World Records, collaborating and producing albums with artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and with Iarla on his debut Seven Steps to Mercy.
The film itself is getting rave reviews with five stars and 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, whist Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian gives four stars "A very heartfelt and absorbing film", as does Kermode's Observer review "Those who discover the film, whether by design or accident, will be wooed by its subtle spell and enriched by its deceptively low-key charm", whilst the Daily Telegraph calls it "pulse-quickeningly good".
Final word to Iarla himself; "It was such a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful story."