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Brunch, coffee and a side of Michael Fassbender in Sligo.

Sunday 12 February 2012
A still from Shame. His lad is just out of shot.

Oh, I love Sundays. Love, love, love them.

They begin late. I typically work on Saturdays, so Sunday morning starts my weekend. I topple out of bed, make a coffee and sit with the papers for as long as I can. At some stage, I'll throw a roast in the oven.

But my newer Sunday tradition is fast becoming my favourite. The Model gallery in Sligo show a different film each week, from the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. There are screenings during the week, but for me the one worth going to is on a Sunday. Why? Because it comes with food!

Courtesy of The Model
The little cafe in the atrium serves the best brunch food in town, in a goregeous space. Choose from French toast with bacon and maple syrup, eggs benedict, a steak sandwich and just...ugh. It's delicious, let's just leave it at that. The coffee's good, too. Oh, and the wine. I love a cinema with wine.

I have to admit, I missed the brunch today, and just went in for Shame. I'd been wanting to catch it for a while, and that's why these screenings are perfect. It takes a little while to get to us, so that film you thought you'd missed is ready for you. There was a shaky start when the programme first started, but it's been on a roll for months, with every week bringing a top class movie well worth watching. Next week is Dreams of a Life, which is another movie I was dying to see, which I didn't think would make it's way over to the Northwest.

But back to Shame. I'm not one of the many girls swooning over Michael Fassbender. I actually think this is the first movie I've seen him in. But I feel that the fact I saw so much of him made up for that.

I genuinely think there's something wrong if a big swinging micky comes onto the big screen and you don't giggle, just a little bit. Come on! It's two foot tall! No one? Really? Fine, then I'll stop.

I'd read so many reviews that prepared me for a dark and twisted tale that I think I was expecting something far worse. It didn't leave me as cold and dead inside as most of the reviewers. And I adored Carey Mulligan, who has the most beautiful body. This was also the first time I've seen her in anything, so now I understand the fuss made about her, too.

There was one scene in particular, a threesome in a brothel, that got me thinking. (It also got my friend puking, but I think that was more down to a bug than the film) Anything looks sad and wrong with music like that in the background. My friend Joely proved that when she combined a photo montage of our graduation with a sad song - it  instantly looked like we'd all perished in a hideous accident soon after. They should recut the threesome with the Benny Hill music in the background. Then it wouldn't be so bad.

What I did object to was his foray into the underground gay club for a little bit of man love. This was his 'ultimate low' - God, he's having sex with a MAN, how hideous, how low can he go, God, this really is rock bottom. Really? I mean, can't we just watch him with another man? With maybe the Benny Hill music to keep the mood nice and light? Or Boyz 2 Men?

I'm going to get to work. My director's cut is going to rock your world.

Incidentally, I saw Michael Fassbender in the flesh, a few weeks ago in London. I was at the BFI for an aerial show, and he was there for the Critic's Awards. I should point out that he was on the red carpet and I was walking past. We didn't bump into each other by the toilets.

Either way - good film, good brunch. There's no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Sligo, and it's how I intend to spend many more of mine.

Brunch and a movie at The Model - €15


  1. It really is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I think we're really lucky to have a place like this in Sligo. And I can vouch for the fact that the toilets are lovely and spotless if you do find yourself in need of a vom. Yes that was me getting an honourable mention in Nicola's post! Although I really don't know if it was the graphic sex or the tummy bug that weakened me, given that I am a Catholic with a delicate constitution. It could have been either.

  2. Thanks Zoe! The cinema is closed for the summer, so I'm really hoping they continue the Sunday brunch in September, I'll be lost without it.


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