Cinema Revisits Old Irish Myths
As part of Seachtain Na Gaeilge, we’re looking at different aspects of Irish culture and Language.
Legends and myths are an important part of Irish culture. Understanding our legends and their origins is an important part of who we are as a people.
There has been a focus on Irish legends in the film industry, especially in British film. It has been reported that Michael Fassbender is developing a feature film about the legendary Celtic warrior, Cú Chulainn and plans to play the leading role. It’s an interesting mix of old legend and modern Irish cinema.
Interestingly, very few Irish legends have been adapted into movies. There are a number of really fantastic stories available to be made for the silver screen.
Hopefully things will change with the adaptation of Cú Chulainn into a movie. It is one of the most well-known Irish tales. The future movie, currently entitled Irish Myths, should focus on Cú Chulainn’s single-handed defence of Ulster against Queen Medb’s army (that’s pronounced Maeve).
The Irish-German actor [Fassbender] wants to play the lead role. He recently won an award for his performance in Shame and has already played in the mythological cinematographic adaptation of 300.
I can’t wait to see the adaption of this myth into a movie. Irish legends could really be inspirational for moviemakers.
The children of Lir would make a nice adaptation. It makes me think about the film Black Swan which was very successful. The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne is also a wonderful love story which could be adapted.
Irish myths and legends are sometimes considered as antique stories belonging to the past, but we should really be aware of the potential of Irish folklore to spread our culture and history to the world.
Which Irish myth do you consider to be the greatest?
The STAR Team