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I WENT DOWN

SYNOPSIS:
Git Hynes (Peter McDonald) is just out of jail, has lost his girlfriend and finds himself owing a debt to gangster Tom French (Tony Doyle), who sends him on an ‘easy ride’ down south to pick up a criminal associate, Frank Grogan (Peter Caffrey). Git finds himself stuck in a reluctant partnership with Bunny Kelly (Brendan Gleeson), an older criminal with a bad attitude, and discovers that French wants Grogan dead and buried. When Git won’t go along with the plan, the only thing to do is make a deal, with the untrustworthy Frank as the bargaining chip. Git and Bunny need to stick together, or they could find themselves sharing an unmarked grave. But greed, betrayal and old secrets make for a dangerous, violent mix, leading to a murderous conclusion.

"I Went Down is an Irish film with a lot of charm and a black underbelly. It’s an appealing, character driven thriller about the bunglers of the criminal world; the characters are beautifully drawn and developed. From the opening scenes, it is evident that this is not just some crim story, but a story with attitude. Driven by demonstrative Dublin dialogue and coloured by a laid back blues/jazz music score, Conor McPherson’s script is insightful and full of surprises. The development of the two main characters Git and Bunny and their relationship, is like the ageing of good cheese. All they have in common is that they’ve both been rejected by their respective women. Peter McDonald (Git) is riveting in his first major film outing, while Brendan Gleeson (Bunny) gives a luminous performance as this most complex, illogical, inarticulate man who is competent and incompetent all at once. The plot is filled with irony and irreverence; at times a comedy of errors where Murphy’s Law prevails. While we genuinely don’t know what is going to happen next, the interest is how, rather than what. As Irish as Guiness, I Went Down is a gem to savour."
Louise Keller

"This would have been one of those predictably formulaic buddy films had it come from Hollywood, but the Irish have a fresh way of viewing the world, and so I Went Down, in which the buddy and the gangster flicks go hand-in-hand, is a pleasure. Dark and savagely funny, the film is also a well defined character piece, which makes it unique. Intelligently put together the film boasts some fine performances by its charismatic leads, and with a fresh and zesty script is a major surprise, and a delightfully cheeky and glorious entertainment."
Paul Fischer

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I WENT DOWN (M)
(Ireland/UK)

 

CAST: Brendan Gleeson, Peter McDonald, Peter Caffrey, Tony Doyle

DIRECTOR: Paddy Breathnach

PRODUCER: Robert Walpole

SCRIPT: Conor McPherson

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Cian de Buitlear

EDITOR: Emer Reynolds

MUSIC: Dario Martinelli

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Zoe MacLeod

RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: New Vision

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 26, 1997







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