Finally, a movie about hardscrabble, blue collar Irish-Americans that doesn’t disguise what it is with a fancy title. White Irish Drinkers eschews the clever names and simply tells you what it’s about, straight up. Starring Nick Thurston and Geoff Widgor as brothers in 1975 Brooklyn, each working at different angles to try to escape their life and their hard-drinking, abusive father (Stephen Lang). It’s one more entry into the roughshod Irishman genre that folks seem to love so much, and in a refreshing change of pace, it isn’t set in Boston.
It actually looks pretty good, too. Given that for part of my youth, I grew up in one of those blue collar Irish neighborhoods (that ironically was part of a larger, very affluent suburb), I have a certain affection for these tales, and White Irish Drinkers, drably titled though it may be, looks like a solid entry. It’s already made the rounds at a few festivals, and has done quite well.
Interestingly, there are two very different trailers available — a newer one, currently only available on Apple’s website (seriously, let people embed your goddamn trailers, Apple). Then there’s the one below, that’s a lot more subtle and moody, without dialogue, only scenes blended together over some pretty effective music.
It looks interesting, and hell, Stephen Lang. A man who I’m always happy to see at work, to say nothing of the fact that his wife is played by Karen Allen — another bonus. White Irish Drinkers is written and directed by John Gray, who has a singlularly unusual IMDB page — it includes 14 episodes of “The Ghost Whisperer,” and the 1996 Stephen Segal/Keenen Ivory Wayans film The Glimmer Man. Jesus, talk about paying your dues in the trenches.