Director: Mike Newell; writer: Jim Sheridan; cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel; editing: Peter Boyle; music: Patrick Doyle; production design: Jamie Leonard; costume design: Consolata Boyle; producers: Jonathan Cavendish, Tim Palmer, Gabriel Byrne, Jane Doolan; production companies: Channel Four Films, Little Bird, Majestic Films International, Miramax, Parallel Film Productions; Irish location: Co. Galway, Co. Mayo; running time: 97’
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Ciarán Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney, Brendan Gleeson
A modern fairytale about the Irish Travellers. Impoverished in Dublin, youngsters Ossie and Tayto live with their widowed father, who drowns his grief in drink. Their grim existence is uplifted by the arrival of their itinerant grandfather, who has brought with him a magical horse from legend – Tir na nÓg. But when crooked cops discover the prized animal, they commandeer it, intending to sell it as a racing horse. Furious, the boys resolve to rescue the mythical creature.
Born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1942, Mike Newell has worked as a television director since the 60s. Amon his best known and most succesful film are Dance with a Stranger (1985), Enchanted April (1991), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), Donnie Brasco (1997), Mona Lisa Smile (2005), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Love in the Time of Cholera (2007), Great Expectations (2012).