Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tales of London Irish to Be Shown at Cannes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tales of London Irish to Be Shown at Cannes

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A FILM about Irish immigrants in Kilburn is to be unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival.

Kings has been adapted from Jimmy Murphy's play The Kings Of The Kilburn High Road, which was a hit at the Tricycle Theatre six years ago. Irish film-maker Tom Collins has turned it into a [pounds sterling]2.5 million project starring Colm Meaney, best known for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine.

In Kings, Meaney plays Joe, one of six men who come to London looking for work in the Seventies. Thirty years later the men are reunited for the funeral of a friend who has died in tragic circumstances.

Collins, who grew up in Donegal, said the story of what happened to Irishmen who left home to seek their fortune in England was one he knew well from his youth.

He said: "Our aim was to make a 'foreign' film in England because I'm no longer sure England as we knew it exists. Our characters still talk in Irish in an attempt to accentuate their personal and national bond and their language is, to them, their last act of solidarity. …

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