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In honour of his ‘Best Actor’ win at Venice Film Festival, here are five Colin Farrell films to watch this weekend


By Sarah Gill
17th Sep 2022

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In honour of his ‘Best Actor’ win at Venice Film Festival, here are five Colin Farrell films to watch this weekend

Since he just received the title of ‘Best Actor’ for his role in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, we thought it the perfect opportunity to run through some of our favourite Colin Farrell films to help you narrow down what to watch this weekend.

One of the finest leading men of modern cinema, Colin Farrell has quite the impressive catalogue of work in his arsenal. Since first making his silver screen debut on the set of Ballykissangel in 1998, he’s gone on to star alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names, and continues to make Ireland proud with each stellar big screen performance.

Most recently, Farrell picked up the award for ‘Best Actor’ at the 79th Venice International Film Festival for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, in which he starred in opposite Brendan Gleeson.

So, with that in mind, here’s a little round up of some of our very favourite Colin Farrell films to add to your weekend watch list.

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

Though the critically acclaimed film will not be released in Irish cinemas until 21 October, The Banshees of Inisherin has already generated much excitement and a 13-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival premiere. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, this dark comedy-drama follows two lifelong friends as they find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

In Bruges (2008)

Arguably Farrell’s most well-known film to date, In Bruges is yet another collaboration with Martin McDonagh, and when these two get together, they tend to make magic. In the role, Farrell plays the younger of two hit men hiding out in Bruges as they await further instruction. Starting off as a drama and then steadily moving between genres right up to its thrilling conclusion, our leading man maintains an air of bewilderment throughout, and leaves you with no uncertainty that this is a tale of existential morality.

The Lobster (2015)

A dystopian black comedy directed, co-written, and co-produced by Yorgos Lanthimos, Farrell stars alongside a stellar cast that includes Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and John C Reilly in The Lobster. Leaning into his deadpan comic abilities, the film is set in a world where people are transformed into animals unless they can find a romantic partner within a set period of time.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Another collaboration between Colin Farrell and director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a symbolic, surreal horror. Playing the role of a world-renowned surgeon forced into making an unthinkable choice when confronted by the child of a deceased patient, and in the nature of any good thriller, things take a turn for the worse when it’s revealed that the surgeon has a sinister agenda of his own.

Phone Booth (2002)

A personal Colin Farrell favourite, Phone Booth is a psychological thriller that will have you absolutely hooked from start to finish. In it, Farrell plays a sleazy publicist in New York City who has fallen victim to a faceless sniper that’s threatening him and those around him through a phone booth on the street.