Six of the best: Irish films (or: post-colonial homesick blues)

With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations already dwindling into dim and distant memory (perhaps dimmer for some than others) thanks to time zones and the cruelty of this year’s calendar, it’s time to seek some more lasting mementos of Irishness. Where better to go looking but the cinema? Ireland may have the highest rate of cinema attendance…

Snap (Carmel Winters, 2010)

Carmel Winter’s much-lauded first feature film is not easy viewing. Opening on a fraught warm-up interview with hard-bitten single mother Sandra, the story follows the tensions and revelations that spring from her involvement in a documentary about her son Stephen, who at 15 kidnapped a two-year-old boy and kept him for five days in the…