Galway Film Fleadh | 7th - 12th July 2015
Academy Awards Arts Council

Galway Film Fleadh 2011 Programme

First Feature | Irish Premiere | Director: John Michael McDonagh | Ireland, UK | 2011

The Guard

The Guard

The Guard is a comedy-thriller set on the west coast of Ireland. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. 

However, despite the fact that Boyle seems more interested in mocking and undermining Everett than in actively working to solve the case, Boyle finds that circumstances keep pulling him back into the thick of it. First his tiresomely enthusiastic new partner disappears, then his favourite hooker attempts to blackmail him into turning a blind eye, and finally the drug-traffickers themselves try to buy him off as they have every other member of the local police force.


These events unwittingly offend Boyle’s murky moral code. He realises that he needs to take matters into his own hands, and the only person he can trust is Everett. The scene is set for an explosive finale.


The Director and members of the cast will attend both screenings

Running Time 96 mins | Colour | 35 mm

Producer Chris Clark, Flora Fernadez-Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe

Script John Michael McDonagh

Cast Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan

Production Reprisal Films, Element Pictures

Print Source Element Pictures Distribution

Wed 06 Jul Town Hall Theatre 21.00
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