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As The Stag prepares for it’s theatrical release in the UK, we had the pleasure of speaking to it’s co-writer and star, Peter McDonald, who is blessed to be playing the film’s star attraction if you will, the brilliantly funny creation ‘The Machine’.
Taking place on a stag do in the middle of the forest between a group of friends, McDonald’s The Machine (third from the left, above) is the bride’s older brother, and his offbeat, overzealous enthusiasm isn’t one welcomed by the other guys – as his macho, red-blooded nature drives them all mad. McDonald discusses the enjoyment had when crafting this character with fellow writer and director John Butler, while describing to us the experience of jumping naked into a freezing cold lake in the middle of November. He also talks about balancing the comedy with the drama, and what he has planned for the future. »
- Stefan Pape
The mighty stag still holds a lot of comedy value, so much so Jon Turteltaub tried to do a geriatric version of The Hangover recently with Last Vegas that spawned a lukewarm response, even with a stellar cast onboard. Debut writer-director John Butler has tried to cash in on this fertile ground with his Irish version, The Stag, that boasts the stunning vistas of the Irish countryside as opposed to Vegas. The result is a safe and sanitised jaunt that disappointingly plays to caricature and the Carry On days of (giggle, giggle) ‘naughty’ nudity.
Mild-mannered groom-to-be Fionnan (Hugh O’Conor) is getting married to stunning Ruth (Amy Huberman) but doesn’t want a stag party. He is far more interested in the wedding detail, like the centrepiece flower arrangements on the tables than getting raucous with the lads. Persuaded by Ruth, best man Davin (Andrew Scott) is tasked with organising »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
John Butler makes his feature debut with this likeable and amusing male-bonding comedy, co-written with cast member Peter McDonald (Moone Boy). Obsessing to the point of implosion about the details of his impending nuptials, meek set designer Fionan (Hugh O'Conor) isn’t interested in having a stag do.
But anxious bride-to-be Ruth (Threesome’s Amy Huberman) feels her fiancé could use some respite from table planning and place settings and so persuades best man Davin (Sherlock’s Andrew Scott) to cobble together a stag party.
Unfortunately, Ruth’s terrifyingly macho brother ‘The Machine’ (McDonald) won’t be stopped from attending and a planned quiet break in rural Ireland soon takes in lost bearings, lost clothes and hilarious clashes with electric fences. Will Fionan and co make it to the church on time?
Comedies lead the pack at the Irish Film and Television Awards; father and son Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson compete for best actor.Scroll down for full list of nominations
Both films have secured six nominations each, including Best Film where they are up against Neil Jordan’s vampire feature Byzantium, drama Run & Jump, starring Nebraska’s Will Forte; and drama The Sea.
The best actor category will see Brendan Gleeson, who played a good-natured priest under threat in Calvary, compete against his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in Richard Curtis romantic drama About Time.
McDonagh, Butler and Jordan will compete in the film director »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Additional sales comprise Canada (Tva), Australia/Nz (Umbrella Entertainment), German-speaking Europe (Drei Freunde) and Italy (Academy 2). Further deals are in the works.
The Toronto premiere tells the story of a groom-to-be who reluctantly agrees to a stag weekend of wild camping in the great outdoors of western Ireland.
As previously announced by ScreenDaily, Arrow will release in the UK and Ireland. »
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The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has announced a jam-packed line-up of films and a stellar list of Irish and international guests for the 2014 festival, taking place in Dublin from 13th to 23rd February.
The 12th annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival features over 135 films, including gems that will receive their Irish premieres; a strong strand of music-themed films; the best in short film making with 16 short films screening; 27 intriguing Irish and international documentaries; and 13 star-studded galas of must-see films. 17 new Irish feature-length films have also been selected to screen at the prestigious festival.
Irish comedy The Stag, directed by John Butler and starring Peter McDonald, Andrew Scott, Hugh O’Connor and Amy Huberman has been announced as the Closing Gala on Sunday 23rd February. The cast and crew will be in attendance to mark a memorable end to what will be a feast of films and events over the 11 days of the festival. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
A new trailer for the upcoming Irish comedy The Stag has arrived, and you can check it out below after the official synopsis...
"Self-confessed metrosexual Fionan (Hugh O'Conor) doesn't want a Stag Do, but would happily attend the Hen. His concerned bride-to-be Ruth (Amy Huberman) persuades the marginally more macho best man Davin (Andrew Scott) to organise one. Reluctantly he agrees, while doing everything he can to stop Ruth's infamously alpha male brother, known only as 'The Machine' (Peter McDonald), gatecrashing their sober, walking-weekend, excuse for a Stag Party. Not so easily foxed, 'The Machine' tracks them down, sparking to life a wild few days in rural Ireland where the Stags find themselves lost, shot at, stoned and butt-naked. The Stag is a hilarious and heart-warming journey of friendship, fear, male bonding, and tightly fashioned squirrel skin!"
The Stag looks as if it follows beats we’ve seen in several »
- Gary Collinson
Anyone who has been through the nerves, nightmares and noise of preparing to get hitched knows that there are pitfalls aplenty for the unwary bride or groom. While many pre-wedding pics focus on the female side of things, The Stag aims to balance matters out with a peek at one man’s hellish baptism by freezing cold camping trip. Self-confessed metrosexual Fionan (Hugh O’Conor) doesn’t want a stag do, but would happily attend the hen do instead. His concerned bride-to-be Ruth (Amy Huberman) persuades the marginally more macho best man Davin (Andrew Scott) to organise one.Reluctantly he agrees, while doing everything he can to stop Ruth’s infamously alpha male brother, known only as “The Machine” (Peter McDonald), gate-crashing their sober, outdoorsy excuse for a stag bash. Not so easily foxed, “The Machine” tracks them down, sparking to life a wild few days in rural Ireland where the Stags find themselves lost, »
A bachelor-party weekend goes predictably awry in novelist John Butler’s broad, intermittently amusing laffer “The Stag.” Though formulaic and cartoonish, this feel-good comedy, featuring an uptight groom-to-be, his alpha-male future brother-in-law and assorted friends hiking in the Irish wilds, is the sort of harmless entertainment that fuels inactive evenings in front of the tube and helps pass the time on long flights. A mid-March opening in Ireland and the U.K. is likely to generate a decent chunk of change, though ancillary is where sales will be strongest.
The script never gives any indication why Ruth (Amy Huberman) wants to marry Fionan (Hugh O’Conor), but the spark-free couple is getting ready to tie the knot, and she thinks it would be a good thing if his best man, Davin (fast-rising actor Andrew Scott, “Sherlock”), arranged a stag camping weekend. Persnickety Fionan, a stage set designer, agrees as long as Ruth’s overbearing brother, »
- Jay Weissberg
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