The Wild Irish by Robin Maxwell: Having fought against the English for their oppression of her country, Irish pirate and gunrunner Grace O'Malley goes head-to-head with Queen Elizabeth I when her son is captured, a confrontation that brings her to England and risks her life. Maxwell skillfully interweaves the stories of two very complex, passionate, and remarkable women in this superb tale set during the Irish rebellion.
The Dead - The film details a Christmas dinner at the house of two spinster musician sisters and their niece in turn-of-the-century Ireland, attended by friends and family. Among the visiting attendees are the sisters' nephew Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta. The evening's reminiscences bring up melancholy memories for Gretta concerning her first, long-lost love when she was a girl in rural Galway.
Waking Ned Devine 1998 - A surprise package waiting to burst open with laughs, characters, and a brilliant story around small community life. It's a shame it wasn't on general worldwide release. Sometimes hard to get on DVD. But I love it - pigs and all, and even the mean old biddie!