‘Small Engine Repair’

Last Friday, I visited the Galway Film Fleadh to see the Irish premiere of a new feature-length movie called Small Engine Repair, which was directed by a mate of mine called Niall Heery.

I loved it — funny, extremely black comedy, reminded me a lot of The Deer Hunter in visual style, but unmistakably Irish at the same time. (Blog movie reviews seem to be out of favour right now, so I’ll leave it at that.)

Here’s hoping it picks up wider distribution very soon — it deserves to be big, I think. Nice one, Niall! Happily, the voters of the Fleadh agreed — it went on to win the Best First Feature award.

Actually, it’s been a good year for friends and family at the Fleadh — I note that my cousin, Eoin Ryan, picked up first prize for Best Irish Short Animation with his excellent short, Demon. cool!

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  1. Koert
    Posted July 19, 2006 at 17:15 | Permalink

    Hey Justin

    The me(at)jmason.org has just bounced my email so here it is pasted to your blog. Sorry, but I could find another email adress to post it to. Sorry for posting something that isn´t related to the topic.

    Just thought I´d drop you a line after visiting the Keelings in Skerries last week. I don´t know whether you remember me. I was over in Skerries on language holidays. It must have been the golden age of the c64 1985 or 1986 that we talked about type ins and stuff over at your parents´. You have come way past C64 type ins as I see on your homepage. I went a slightly different direction and fly people around Europe for a living, which is what I always wanted to do. Just thought I´d try and drop you a line to see if you still remembered me. The whole of Ireland has changed tremendously I was completely amazed driving around. Roads are still as bad as they were though. ;-)

    I don´t wanna bore you, just wanted to say hello. Is that Type 2 bus yours?


  2. Posted July 19, 2006 at 17:28 | Permalink

    hi Kurt!

    ha, small world! I wish the bus was mine, unfortunately it just matched the tee-shirt so provided a great photo opportunity ;) Thanks for the mail…


  3. foodi
    Posted March 25, 2007 at 06:56 | Permalink

    im wondering if you can get in touch with Eoin Ryan and get him to upload a high quality copy of his award winning film to the web somehow. it’s presently only to be found youtube which is notorious for grossly sub-par video quality.

    you ARE his cousin!!!

    this movie deserves a much better showcase than youtube!