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4:30 PM – “Emerald City” w/ Director & Cast Q&A
June 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Join us for the Buffalo premiere of new Irish-American film EMERALD CITY featuring a LIVE, in-person Q&A with director Colin Broderick and famed Irish boxer-turned-actor John Duddy.
Saturday, June 24th at 4:30 PM
“The laughter is colossal. The heartbreak is monumental.”
– Irish Echo
“A cinematic gem that may speak for a generation.”
– New York Irish Arts
“Delivers a haymaker of emotion to floor the audience.”
– Ulster Herald
Colin Broderick’s first feature film “Emerald City” tells the tale of a hard living crew of aging Irish construction workers in NYC and of one character in particular who may have found a way out.
The movie features retired Irish professional boxer, John “The Derry Destroyer” Duddy, in his first starring role. John plays retired boxer Podge Quinn. Podge lives in Sunnyside, Queens, and works as a carpenter on Pat Mack’s crew of misfits. Podge has fallen in love with a local Irish barmaid, Mary, who has had her fill of sweet talking Irishmen. Podge is having trouble proving to her that he is not like the others.
Outside of Keating, Duddy, and the roll of Lucy, played by the American actress, Eden Brolin, Broderick cast mostly inexperienced actors to keep with the feeling of authenticity he felt the story deserved. Many of the main cast had never set foot on a stage or in front of a camera before filming Emerald City. Many of them are working class Irish carpenters he’d gotten to know on job sites over the years.
Broderick, originally from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, who wrote, directed, produced, and stars in Emerald City, delivers a glimpse into this Irish immigrant subculture with a sense of ease and authenticity that betrays his own working class background. He has worked construction in New York City for thirty years. In the past eight years, since he sobered, he wrote a memoir “Orangutan” detailing the recklessness of his own hard partying lifestyle. The book published nationally by Random House to wild acclaim, continues to breach the best seller lists in the U.S. as one of the top recovery memoirs of its genre. Random House also published his second memoir “That’s That” which details his life growing up in Northern Ireland during the years of The Troubles. His new book, the anthology, “The Writing Irish of New York” will be published in the spring by Fordham University Press.
Emerald City, made for just a hundred thousand dollars, is Broderick’s homage to the millions working class Irish immigrants who have toiled in relative obscurity for the past three centuries, plying their skills to build the most remarkable skylines in the world. The film serves as both a testament to that lineage but more importantly as a way of marking what Broderick sees as a cultural shift away from Irish manual labor and the end of the irish immigrant construction identity as we have come it know it. Pat Mack’s crew of lovable misfits may very well be the last of the Mohicans.