Psst: it’s in cinemas now
Everybody loves a bit of light relief, especially in a year when the world feels a little bleak.
Enter stage right new film Pixie, an all-singing, all-dancing comedy heist with a star-studded cast. From St Trinian’s director Barnaby Thompson, watch as Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, and Daryl McCormack cross paths with deadly gangster priests, including Alec Baldwin.
Set in the West Irish countryside, it’s a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek, joy of a ride—literally, as the main characters road trip through stunning scenery. It’s Ireland at its best.
Psssst: it’s in cinemas right now, so book tickets for your nearest viewing, quick. Not yet convinced? Keep reading for five more reasons to get to a screening ASAP.
1. It’s seriously hilarious
We mean, drug-smuggling, a road trip to remember, and Alec Baldwin as a priest, all set against a moody Irish backdrop? Yeah, we’re in. Get ready for a right laugh as you buckle up with Pixie and co. for the epic road trip of a lifetime.
2. Olivia Cook is an inspirational female lead
Finally, a female lead for a film about masterminding a heist. It’s about time.
Watch Pixie if, for nothing else, you’re keen to see a woman well-represented: as strong, smart, intelligent and capable. You’ll be totally transfixed as Pixie (Cooke) pits her wits against everyone, taking on the patriarchy to claim the right to shape her own life. It’s all in an attempt to avenge her mother’s death but, spoiler alert, of course, doesn’t go quite to plan. The fun normally begins when things go a little awry…
3. They’re being chased by… priests. Gangster priests…
Yes, you read that right. The plot thickens as Pixie finds herself on the run with two young locals, played by Hardy and McCormack. Predictably, they’re totally out of their depth, which only dials up to the comedy value.
Wondering who’s chasing them? Another (hilarious) spoiler alert: it’s the local priests. Yep, deadly, drug-smuggling gangster priests. We mean, who wouldn’t enjoy Alec Baldwin dressed up as a Priest and using a nun as a shield…?
4. You’ll be transported to the stunning Irish countryside
If you’re not sold by a seriously badass, patriarchy-smashing female lead and Alec Baldwin as a priest, then let us tell you that the landscape shots in Pixie are as stunning as award-winning Nebraska. Think a cold, calm, peaceful depiction of West Ireland totally juxtaposing the comedic chaos of the plotline and you’re on the right lines. It’s truly beautiful.
5. It’s got a strong soundtrack
All great movies have a kicker soundtrack, to boot. Pixie is no exception, and we reckon you’ll be dancing from your seat. Expect tunes from The Cramps, Fireflies, Hidden Charms, Horace Silver, Fabienne DelSol, Odetta, Bold and Marlena. You heard it here first.
Daryl McCormack (Peaky Blinders), Olivia Cooke & Ben Hardy are interviewed for their new film Pixie, the new comedy thriller from Barnaby Thompson. The film stars Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, Colm Meaney, Dylan Moran, Chris Walley and Alec Baldwin, and was written by Preston Thompson.
“It was pretty terrifying, to be honest,” reflected Ben Hardy of his new movie Pixie, but he’s not talking about the deadly gangster priests he comes up against.
Instead, he’s talking to Digital Spy about the Irish accent that he had to adopt for the new gangster comedy-thriller. Luckily, both Hardy and co-star Olivia Cooke could call upon their Irish co-star Daryl McCormack for tips on set, alongside dialect coach Nick Trumble.
“There was lots of going up to Daryl, and just being like, ‘Is that how you would say this? Is that how you would say that? Does that sound all right?’. But it was definitely daunting. I just didn’t want it to be one of the worst Irish accents of all time,” Hardy added.
McCormack thought his co-stars passed the accent test with “flying colours” and like a good friend, he’d tell them that on set all the time – not that they’d believe him.
“They didn’t believe me throughout the whole film. So if they don’t believe me now, there’s nothing I can do,” he joked.
“I sat in with some of the dialect sessions with Nick Trumble, and he was very, very good, and very specific. Because I grew up around that area, and he was getting the sounds exactly as I would have heard them growing up.”
You can read the rest of the interview and watch the video over at the Digital Spy website