Watch out for the older brother | John Michael McDonagh’s new film CALVARY opens the 2014 Dublin International Film Festival

You’ve probably heard of Martin McDonagh.

Almost 20 years ago, the London Irish playwright was discovered by Galway’s Druid Theatre, and proceeded to set the world aflame with a series of funny, violent plays about a backward and benighted Ireland. After an intense period of output, McDonagh moved on to film, and has not returned to theatre since, save for one spectacularly bad new play in 2010, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE. Legendary Irish Times theatre critic and intellectual Fintan O’Toole wrote a famously excoriating review of the New York premiere of BEHANDING that people still talk about (but that has unfortunately disappeared from the IT’s inept web site).

But then there’s the older brother.

If you’ve seen a Martin McDonagh play like THE LONESOME WEST, you may have surmised that young Martin did not grow up home alone. Indeed. And as older brothers will do, John Michael McDonagh has been showing up in Martin’s world – film – with some pretty good stuff.

Elder McDonagh’s new film CALVARY will appear in a few months in the Dublin International Film Festival. And if past plays and films by the brothers McDonagh are any indicator, there should be some rough language and good black comedy for all.

The older brother returns.

The older brother returns.