Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings
2001 - Terence Ryan - 82 mins - Ireland
Wed 29 May 2002 at 8.00pm
Mountshannon Hall, Mountshannon, Co. Clare
Midnight Court Rating: 4.5 (2 votes)
Cast: Sean Hughes, Elliott Gould, Daragh O'Malley, John Lynch, Griff Rhys Jones, Milo O'Shea, Richard Attenborough
This first public screening of the film comes straight from the Cannes Film Festival. The director will introduce the film.
Writer: Spike Milligan, Terence Ryan
Storyline: Spike Milligan's book about the divided Irish village of Puckoon comes to the big screen.
The late great Spike Milligan keeps us laughing from beyond the great Goon Show In The Sky with this version of his book 'Puckoon,' pretty much the only film shot in Northern Ireland last year. Puckoon is a wee Irish village that gets caught up in an argument about where the border separating Northern Ireland from Ireland should be. Keen to get the matter sorted before the pubs close, a random borderline is wrestled on the map of the Emerald Isle and Puckoon gets divided as well - literally. As the barbed wire fences and Army checkpoints go up overnight, suddenly people cannot get to their outhouses or walk from one side of the street to the other. It has some advantages - everyone squeezes into the tiniest corner of the pub because it is in Northern Ireland territory where the beer is cheaper, but worst of all is the church and it's graveyard. Now the newly deceased need a valid passport, renewable every year, if they want to be buried 'across the border'. A plan is hatched to return the newly dead back to Ireland. At the same time, a plan is hatched to smuggle explosives in coffins to Northern Ireland with, as they say, hilarious results. Puckoon is a very funny adaptation of Milligan's Book (written aeons ago) that pokes fun at the often -absurdity of the situation in Ireland. It is also a major deconstructionist film; characters address the audience and the director (Richard Attenborough in voiceover,) cartoon sound effects and funny noises rule the day and the music stops and starts. It's all very Milligan, very Goonish and very funny. Sure, it has holes and some of the humour doesn't quite work, but as it haphazardly follows Madigan (Sean Hughes), a lazy eejit who gets mixed up in this carry-on, Puckoon is a fitting epitaph to a man who influenced so much of the best British comedy of the last 50 years.
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