Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In Bruges the movie and the writer Martin McDonagh.

I watched a great movie called In Bruges. Set in a medieval city, charming gangsters, clever and funny. What's not to love?

Written and directed by a tall and white headed young man who I thought must be Dutch. Martin McDonagh.

Looking him up I find that he is Irish. Bless him and the blarney. His Irish parents left him at age 16 and his brother in London when they went back to Ireland. Here's a good telling --
An Irish Cowboy from London

            The son of a construction worker and cleaning lady, he dropped out of school at 16, shunned college because it was “bogus” and spent the following 10 years on the dole watching TV and eating potato chips.

During this decade of leisure, McDonagh watched his brother, John, try to become a writer, and decided that it might be a good idea to become one too. “Here was a job where all you had was your head, a pencil and a piece of paper. That’s the coolest kind of job there is.”

from The Good, the Bad, and the Irish

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