‘Wind’ shakes Irish Box Office records…

Whatever your judgement of the film (my own here), Ken Loach’s performance at the Box Office has broken records in Irish film history (subs needed). Since June 23rd it has grossed €2.7 million, breaking the previous record of €2.5 million held by Colin Farrell’s Intermission.

  • Pete Baker

    Hardly a surprise given the amount of free publicity the film has been granted.

    And I’m sure all those companies involved in the production are very pleased with the bottom line.

  • Miss Fitz

    I havent seen it, and have refrained from making any judgement, but I have spoked to a lot of people who have.

    It seems to have struck a deep chord with some people, and perhaps in this day when we challenge so much of what was once known as history and is now recognised as myth, people have welcomed the opportunity to grasp at this movie as re-telling what they knew once as fact.

    I understand it could be challenged on many levels, and that it is quite one-sided, but that represents a major comfort for people and perhaps validates their ideas. Ruth Dudley Edwards may be agin them, but Roach is firmly in their corner

  • mickhall


    You must agree it is unusual for a film like this to get the powder puff treatment, whilst the studio movies get it all the time. The production company must send a case of drinks to all those right-wingers who raged against the movie without having seen it.

    Can we draw any lessons from the large numbers of Irish people who have seen the film, is it a sign that they are becoming interested in how the RoI came into being. Myself I do not know, any thought out there.

    Best regards

  • Miss Fitz

    Interestingly, the Civil War has always been a no-go area in the South, and there has nver been a Memorial for the shared dead of that war, until the National Day of Rmembrance only several years ago. To the best of my knowledge, (although I will be confirming it), the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin commemorates everyone except the dead of the Irish Civil War.

    My own view is that the reality is most likely that this was all a struggle for power and leadership, often dressed up as patriotism. If you look at the true detail behind the Treaty negotiation and document 2, and all that, you can see that the denizens of ROI were sold a massive pup for many years.

    So, this may indeed indicate a renewed search for some grain of truth. It appears however that this barley is grain-free. (I really couldnt resist that, I am ashamed)


  • Rory

    Do I detect a certain antipathy towards this film from some quarters? Perhaps they would prefer those really genuine British arts films, usually directed by indigent rich public school-boys (though funded by the National Lottery) which are made in their scores each year and yet none of which ever obtains a general theatre release and although straight to video are not ever available at your local Blockbuster, where the profit motive dictates preference on the obscure shelves for delightful little films on beekeeping from Iran or yak-herding from Outer Mongolia.

    The only opportunity they have of being seen is if they include either lots of shots of boys’ bare bums or sado=masochistic sex or spanking and bondage scenes which will always ensure a Channel 4 showing. Still, each to his own, I say. It’s only art after all.

  • Miss Fitz

    What on earth were you up to in your absence? Bondage, spanking, S&M?

    And does Herself know?

  • bob

    It is good to see the mechanisms of the empire being shown, this is a side of history which britian does not like to see but has lead to years of violence and the sectarian situation we have in the north.

  • Keith M

    I’d be interested in seeing exactly what record TWTSTB has broken. Is it simply top grossing (in terms of cash taken over the counter) as that is a very simplistic method of measuring audience and makes no reference to inflation (cinema ticket prices have doubled here in the past five years). Can someone produce c+p the IT article please?

  • Pete Baker


    “The controversial political drama and award-winning film The Wind that Shakes the Barley has become the highest-grossing independent Irish-made film at the box office in Ireland, according to the Irish Film Board.

    The Palme d’Or recipient, which was the subject of intense political debate following its release on June 23rd, has accounted for €2.7 million in takings to date at the Irish box office.

    It supersedes previous records set by Intermission, starring Colin Farrell, which grossed €2.5 million in 2003, and Man About Dog, a farcical tale about stealing a greyhound, which grossed €2.1 million in 2004.”

    The other relevant information in the article

    “The production costs of €6.5 million were incurred by director Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films and Irish company Element Film. On its opening weekend alone, the film made €377,000. Six weeks later, it remains in the top five attended films in Ireland, according to Carlton Screen Advertising.”

    So that’s an independent Irish-made film, with an English director and made by Ken’s production company, Sixteen Films[GB] – “Sixteen Films was set up by Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien following the dissolution of Parallax Pictures in Spring 2002.” – official site

  • Keith M

    Thanks Pete it is as I suspected based on takings rather than “bums on seats” (the agreed way in which to measure the relative popularity of films over a period of time).

    Given that there are only a handul of (real) Irish made fully independent films that get a wide distribution every year (usually they can be measured in single digits), TWTSTB didn’t exactly have much to beat.

    Also as you point out its hard to see what is “Irish made” about the film given that it was writen by a Scot, directed by an Englishman and produced by a selection of international companies.

    Credit where it’s due though, the publicity people behind the film are certainly pulling out all the stops.

  • cladycowboy

    ‘Credit where it’s due though, the publicity people behind the film are certainly pulling out all the stops.’

    Indeed, give yerself a pat on the back Keith, for i wouldn’t have heard head nor tail of it if it weren’t for you and your fellow begrudgers denouncing it here.

    Thanks to your denigration of it, i went to see it and enjoyed it immensely. You must have been spitting feathers when the Doctor mentioned the 1918 election as justification. I would have paid good money to watch you watch the film..

  • Keith M

    Pompey, TWTSTB was premiered weeks before it went to Cannes (and again just afterwards) so it’s quite possible (though obviously unlikely) that McCann saw the film during one of the previews.