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Trendy Travellers now coming to the big screen


The Preacher

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Coming back from lunch my eyes were assailed by a poster on a bus advertising a forthcoming cinematic release..."King of the Travellers".

Investigation on IMDB reveals the following:

"King of the Travellers is a contemporary drama grounded in the traditions of the Irish traveller community and driven by emotive Shakespearean themes of love, betrayal, friendship and revenge. The story follows John Paul Moorehouse on his destructive quest to uncover the truth about the killer of his father twelve years ago. John Paul's desire for revenge is swayed as he falls for Winnie Power, the daughter of the man he suspects killed his father. John Paul must now battle between his consuming passion for justice versus his desire to be with the woman he now loves. "

Brilliant stuff. Who'd have thought Traveller "culture" would one day become trendy with endless documentaries about spray tanned trollops, their king size dresses and horse drawn carriages etc. Those living in small country towns where every pub and hotel has to close it's doors when an army of Travellers descend for horse fairs and a bit of d'oul bare knuckle boxing and feuding etc. will be delighted to hear that they are in fact witnessing "emotive Shakespearean themes". Will you be forking out for the popcorn and nachos for this no doubt Oscar worthy epic?
 


Hitch 22

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It's sure to have dialogue like:

"Ye kilted me fatter. Now John Bosco prepare ta die!"
 

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Brilliant stuff. Who'd have thought Traveller "culture" would one day become trendy with endless documentaries about spray tanned trollops, their king size dresses and horse drawn carriages etc.
I think you may have missed the point by, oh well over a mile anyway.

Programmes about Travellers fighting, or getting married, are not some depiction of how trendy their life is.

It is more about appealing to one of the most lowbrow tv audience out there, generating viewing numbers and advertising revenue.

Similarly, programmes about "the boy with two heads" are not about concern for their plight or some celebration of life, it's just about appealing to rubberneckers.

It's all about the fixation the twee have with anyone who is different, different lifestyle, different afflictions etc. Those programmes say far more about those who watch than the subjects.
 

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Promising trailer.

[video=youtube;HOMq-mnPRE4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOMq-mnPRE4&NR=1&feature=endscreen[/video]

But Rotten Tomatoes gives it the thumbs down

King Of The Travellers - Rotten Tomatoes

Bleak and bleaker.
[Its] rich authenticity ... goes a long way to counterbalancing the lack of a professional cast and often all-too-rudimentary first-time script.
An Irish drama about feuding Travellers, King of the Travellers is watchable enough, but the poor script, sub-standard performances and unconvincing romantic subplot mean it's ultimately forgettable.
A flibbertigibbet: it arrives with a twinkle in its eye, but little else between its cauliflower ears.
Some user reviews:

As a child, traveller John Paul Moorehouse (Connors) saw his father gunned down. A rival traveller family, the Powers, had been thought responsible. When the Powers camp on ground near the Moorehouse halting site, the bad blood is once again stirred. Against the wishes of both families, John Paul rekindles a youthful romance with Winnie Powers (McGlynn), the daughter of the head of the Powers. When the unstable Mickey Moorehouse (Coonan) makes enemies in the local settled community, it brings trouble the family could do without. As John Paul investigates his father's death, he discovers the killer may be closer to home than previously thought.
Those of you outside Ireland will likely be unfamiliar with the Irish subculture of travellers. Other cultures would know them as gyspsies, a nomadic people whose lifestyle has caused much controversy in this country. Ask any Irish person for their opinion on travellers and you'll get a passionate and often angry answer. The travelling community are keen to have a positive image of their way of life projected which makes the participation of actual travellers in this film so baffling. I struggle to recall a more negative screen portrayal of the travelling way of life. By aping the gangster films of Coppola and Scorsese, writer-director O'Connor has reinforced every negative stereotype surrounding these people.

O'Connor's script is awash with every gangster movie cliche imaginable and at times veers uncomfortably close to unintentional comedy. A nod to the famous "I could've been a contender" scene from 'On the Waterfront' is particularly cringeworthy. O'Connor struggles with his writing but as a director he seems a natural. His film contains some of the most cinematic moments ever seen in Irish cinema. The first ten minutes reel you in with skillful coverage and editing. He also gives us something most film-makers deny us now, a legitimate credit sequence which really sets the mood of the piece. O'Connor and his cinematographer David Grennan pull off some very impressive tracking shots. One at a traveller wedding oozes cinematic cool.
Amateur actor John Connors is a great find, the sort of face you don't see onscreen anymore, a bully-beef-Brando whose natural talent is undermined by poor dialogue. Conversely, professional thesp Coonan is the worst thing about this film, completely out of place in his role. If O'Connor can find a worthy script he could blow us out of the water in the future. I suspect his future lies outside his own country though.
Full of fast food bred scumbags in filthy sleeveless vests and manky tracksuit bottoms hanging around in dreary mucky wastelands and rusty sheds.
 
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florin

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Those living in small country towns where every pub and hotel has to close it's doors when an army of Travellers descend for horse fairs and a bit of d'oul bare knuckle boxing and feuding etc. will be delighted to hear that they are in fact witnessing "emotive Shakespearean themes". Will you be forking out for the popcorn and nachos for this no doubt Oscar worthy epic?
in fairness what was the abduction of Helen but an early example of "grabbing"?
 

corporal punishment

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How come "traveller" wasn't a career choice when I was in School?
 

The OD

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Since when did alcoholism, mysoginy, violence and ignorance become 'trendy'.....and in case Don Herron comes on, I am talking about those travellers who take part in shyte like 'bare knuckle boxing'.
 

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