Joy Porter

The dangerous myth-making in the Banshees of Inisherin

The Bafta-winning film perpetuates falsehoods about Ireland's history

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Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin – with the miniature donkey who was the true star of the show [Searchlight Pictures/20th Century Studios]

I never made it to the end of Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, which won four Baftas on Sunday and has been tipped for further success at the Oscars next month. Inisherin is a fictional place that apparently translates as ‘Island Ireland’. I know it’s probably churlish of me, but, being Irish, I was turned off by the film’s maudlin sentimentality mixed with self-obsession, self-harm, child abuse, wanton violence, dead pets and suicidal ideation.

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