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In the Works: On-Location Principal Shooting for John McDonagh's 'Calvary' Begins in Ireland

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 2, 2012 at 1:39PM

Principal photography has begun on John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary," the follow-up to his 2011 Celtic crime comedy "The Guard," with Brendan Gleeson again starring, but swapping his Irish bad lieutenant Gerry Boyle for a good-hearted priest up against a hostile congregation.
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Brendan Gleeson in "Calvary"
Brendan Gleeson in "Calvary"

Principal photography has begun on John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary," the follow-up to his 2011 Celtic crime comedy "The Guard," with Brendan Gleeson again starring, but swapping his Irish bad lieutenant Gerry Boyle for a good-hearted priest up against a hostile congregation.

America's current favorite Irish funnyman Chris O'Dowd ("The Sapphires"), Aiden Gillen ("Game of Thrones") and "Flight" redhead Kelly Reilly co-star. The film will shoot on location in Co. Sligo, Ireland.

Official synopsis:

Calvary’s Priest is the flipside to The Guard’s Sergeant Gerry Boyle. A good man intent on making the world a better place, he is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country town. After being threatened during confession, he must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

John Michael McDonagh comes from a talented family; his brother Martin is the playwright-filmmaker of "In Bruges" and "Seven Psychopaths" fame.

This article is related to: John Martin McDonagh, News, In The Works


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.