Whatever You Love You Are: Cillian Murphy
Words: Cillian Murphy, Illustration: Craig Carry
this month I am mostly listening to…
“Beautiful Vision” by Van Morrison. I am a big Van fan, always have been. Recently I re-bought this album on vinyl. This was a record my dad listened to a lot when I was a kid. It was released in ’82, and is part of his celtic revivalist/ mysticism period I guess. It is a strange mixture of folk and gospel with traditional elements thrown in. Although I dearly love Veedon Fleece, Moondance, Astral weeks and St. Dominics preview, there is something unique about this album. It has a serious groove to it, and deep soul. Listen to it again and give thanks to Van.
Simple Kid is back! – check out “the road” on static caravan, his latest single. Dark, beautiful but ultimately uplifting. I really hope he releases a new album soon. SK1 and SK2 were great records. He is a brilliantly talented songwriter.
Here we go magic are one of my favourite bands. Their new album ” A different ship” is produced by none other than Nigel Godrich. This is a sublime album. Amazing musicians, great songs and a legendary producer. ” I believe in action” is an instant classic.
this month I am mostly reading……..
Ancient Light by John Banvile. This writer can do no wrong as far as I believe. I have read all of his books and am always thrilled when a new one is published. This is tough territory, set in the fifties in Ireland and flashing forward to the present, it is the tale of a fifteen year old boy’s affair with his best friends mother. Sex is hard to write about, but Banville is a poet and a master. Every character is real and beautifully captured. The atmosphere is so intense it will stay with you for weeks afterwards.
Also read “breakfast of champions” by Vonnegut. Crazy, strange, with his own illustrations. A fiercely satirical and funny book. The only other Vonnegut I’ve read is slaughterhouse 5, must read some more.
this month I am mostly watching………
just the olympics. The ping-pong is my favourite so far. how do they do it?
Cillian Murphy’s film work includes ’28 Days Later’, ‘Breakfast On Pluto’, ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ and ‘Inception’. Last year saw Cillian reunited with playwright/screenwriter Enda Walsh (for the first time since ‘Disco Pigs’) in the one-man tour-de-force ‘Misterman’. The play astounded audiences worldwide, from the Galway Arts Festival, New York’s St. Ann’s Warehouse and London’s National Theatre. For the role as Thomas Magill, Cillian was awarded ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ at the 57th Drama Desk Awards in New York. Recently, Cillian has starred alongside Robert De Niro in Rodrigo Cortés’ ‘Red Lights’ and has returned to the role of Dr. Crane’s Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the final installment of the acclaimed Batman trilogy.