Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
Wake up - Daniel dives into the monumental animated classic 'Sleeping Beauty' on a brand new episode of Ink & Paint - click to listen now!x
review, Dublin Oldschool, Dublin, Oldschool, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Emmet Kirwan, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Sarah Greene, Seána Kerslake, Mark O'Halloran, Bryan Quinn, Elizabeth Moynihan, Stephen Jones, Ciaran Grace, Liam Heslin, Dave Tynan, Drama

DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL

★★

A FLAT AND TUNELESS RAVE DRAMA

IRISH FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jake Watt
19th May 2019

‘Dublin Oldschool’ was originally a 2014 Irish play written by Irish actor, playwright and screenwriter Emmet Kirwan, which follows Jason, a wannabe DJ in Dublin who is addicted to drugs. One day, on the streets, he meets his brother Daniel, an educated homeless heroin addict. The two brothers later reconnect during a weekend.

Flash forward to 2018, and the play has been adapted into a feature-length film, shot over 20 days and directed by Dave Tynan. The play's writer, Emmet Kirwan, plays the role of Jason and Ian Lloyd Anderson plays the role of Daniel. The film expands on the two-character structure with a host of new characters including Sarah Greene as Jason's friend Lisa and Seana Kerslake as Jason's former girlfriend. The climactic weekend is now one hedonistic bank holiday in the Irish capital, where raves and afterparties spill into each other, and copious quantities of nameless chemicals flow.

'DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL' TRAILER

‘Dublin Oldschool’ is a retro throwback to 90s films featuring working class characters whose lives revolved around dance music and weekend raves, like ‘Human Traffic’, ‘Sorted’, ‘Groove’ and ‘Go’, as well as the classic drug culture film of the era, ‘Trainspotting’. These films all featured roughly the same setup: a few twenty-something friends and their wider work and social circle, the latter devotees of the club scene, often with stories taking place over the course of a drug-fuelled weekend. They also featured themes of coming-of-age and club cultures, as well as relationships.

However, despite some poetic “choose life”-style voiceovers that Mark Renton might get jealous over, ‘Dublin Oldschool’ feels a little too raw in terms of both its acting and script for its message to land with much impact. It’s a mess of stock character types – the aloof cool girl, the goofy best friend, the disdainful ex and the stoner loser all feature, all floating around aimlessly. Only Seána Kerslake makes a mark (she was also the highlight of the recent Irish horror film ‘The Hole in the Ground’), and you can’t help but wish that she given more to do as Jason’s estranged girlfriend. Worst of all, the side plot concerning Jason and his homeless addict brother Daniel is lacklustre and deadeningly clichéd, when it should be the beating heart of the film.

It’s a mess of stock character types – the aloof cool girl, the goofy best friend, the disdainful ex and the stoner loser all feature – all floating around aimlessly.

Superficially glancing at the serious implications of drug use and addiction without ever engaging, ‘Dublin Oldschool’ is little more than an empty high followed by a numb comedown.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 1h 35m
CAST: Emmet Kirwan
Ian Lloyd Anderson
Sarah Greene
Seána Kerslake
Mark O'Halloran
Bryan Quinn
Elizabeth Moynihan
Stephen Jones
Ciaran Grace
Liam Heslin
DIRECTOR: Dave Tynan
WRITERS: Dave Tynan
Emmet Kirwan
PRODUCERS: Michael Donnelly V
Dave Leahy
SCORE: Johnny Moy
ifi.ie/dublin-oldschool
DublinOldschoolFilm
dublinoldschoolfilm
dublinoldschoolfilm
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Pocahontas - 25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
TRENDINGPOCAHONTAS25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
High Ground - Australia's cycle of violence
TRENDINGHIGH GROUNDAustralia's cycle of violence
Penguin Bloom - An inspiring true Aussie film
TRENDINGPENGUIN BLOOMAn inspiring true Aussie film
River's Edge - The kids aren't alright
TRENDINGRIVER'S EDGEThe kids aren't alright
Nymphomaniac - Lars, sex and cinema
TRENDINGNYMPHOMANIACLars, sex and cinema
Jungle - A true story told poorly
TRENDINGJUNGLEA true story told poorly
High School Musical - The start of something new, even 15 years on
TRENDINGHIGH SCHOOL MUSICALThe start of something new, even 15 years on
Basic Instinct - 25 years of the erotic thriller
TRENDINGBASIC INSTINCT25 years of the erotic thriller
Music - Sia's feature debut falls flat
TRENDINGMUSICSia's feature debut falls flat
The Trouble with Being Born - Controversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
TRENDINGTHE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORNControversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
Malila: The Farewell Flower - Contemplating love and loss
TRENDINGMALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWERContemplating love and loss
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
TRENDING25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
The War with Grandpa - A forgettable but fun family feud
TRENDINGTHE WAR WITH GRANDPAA forgettable but fun family feud
Waterloo - An epic recreation of the legendary battle
TRENDINGWATERLOOAn epic recreation of the legendary battle
The Greatest Showman - An aggressively awful musical experience
TRENDINGTHE GREATEST SHOWMANAn aggressively awful musical experience
School of Seduction - Husband hunting in Russia
TRENDINGSCHOOL OF SEDUCTIONHusband hunting in Russia
© 2011 - 2021 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us!