The Story: Gillian Anderson and Robert Carlyle star in this Belfast-set drama, about 14-year-old boy Donal (newcomer Tyrone McKenna) and his passion for greyhounds (maybe we could have phrased that better). Ken Stott plays kennel owner Good Joe, who promises Donal ownership of a dog if it wins three consecutive races; Anderson plays the loving mother whose life is complicated by the return of O (Carlyle), a one-time IRA man who’s looking for a fresh start. The movie is directed by Pearse Elliott who previously wrote the well-received Ireland-only release Man About Dog.

 

Pearse Elliott was born and went to school in west Belfast beneath Black Mountain. The playwright from the Lenadoon estate was nominated for the Irish Film and Television Best New Talent Award for his 2004 feature film, Man About Dog.

 

The following year, he made his second feature, The Mighty Celt, starring Robert Carlyle and Gillian Anderson. The film was nominated for Best Script and Best Film at the IFTAs and was a critical success. Other works include Shrooms, Short Back and Sides and Pulling Moves for the BBC.