Small Engine Repair
2006, cert 15, running time 90 minutes
Director: Nial Heery
Set around a small fraternity of blue collar forestry workers, Small Engine Repair is the story of a group of men going nowhere. Doug (Iain Glen) thinks he's a country singer, but he's too old and lacks any motivation or self belief. He carries around a demo he won't let anyone hear while daydreaming of being heard on the local radio station or playing his mate's bar. His best friend is a worn out mechanic (Steven Mackintosh), a hapless loser desperate to persuade his son (Laurence Kinlan) not to leave the family business, the small engine repair shop of the title. With their personal ties disintegrating all around them, Doug suddenly finds himself staring one last chance in the eye and the chance to prove local doubters he has some worth.
Starring Iain Glen, Steven Mackintosh, Stuart Graham,
Kathy Keira Clarke, Laurence Kinlan and Tom Jordan Murphy
"A gentle, multi-faceted gem set in an Irish village touches the heart of our correspondent..."
"As with all the best country songs, the movie offers no pat answers, but a bittersweet blend of yearning, hope and resignation. On the strength of his first feature-length offering, Heery can face the future with considerable hope... In an excellent ensemble piece, Glen offers a superb performance of subdued rebellion, his craggy, windswept features reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson in his heyday."
Irish Sunday Times
"Mr Heery’s Fine film, with good performances, expert pacing and pretty lens work ensures that even the most urbane audience will not be immune to its charns."
"On a roll. The Irish film revival continues unabated. First Once, then Garage, now Small Engine Repair. Go see it."
"Debut feature director Niall Heery has created an Ireland rarely seen on the big screen and has also managed to get some excellent performances from his cast......Glen is an excellent but underrated actor who demonstrates his versatility here with a powerful yet subtle performace."
"Heery loves and respects his characters; its easy to love and respect them back"
"if your woman (or man) has just left you this week and you fancy wallowing in your misery SMALL ENGINE REPAIR is absolutely perfect"
"This is easily Glen's best film role in a long while and he brings a flinty, understated vulnerability to the part whilst revealing a very impressive singing talent"
Independent of Sunday
"A low key but very charming film"
The Information magazine (Saturday Independent)
"poignant, thoughtful film"
"watchable little film"
"A little gem of a film...I would recommend everyone to go and see it...brilliant soundtrack…"
The View – RTE TV
Evoking pleasant shades of Wim Wenders' Paris Texas... a rare, flawless film
Best Film - Galway Film Fleadh,
Director's Choice - Boston Irish Film Festival
Breakthrough Award for Niall Heery - The Irish Film and TV Awards
Audience Award & Best Film - Nashville Film Festival
Audience Award & Best Actor for Steven Mackintosh - Cherbourg-Octeville British Irish Film Festival
7 September 2007
- Odeon Panton Street
- Renoir Cinema
- Cameo Cinema
- FACT Cinema
- The National Media Museum
- MAC Cinema
- Warwick Arts Centre
- Arts Cinema
14 November 2007
- Rex, Berkhamsted
15 November 2007
- Corn Exchange, Wallingford
26/27 November 2007
- The Dukes Cinema, Lancaster
26/27/28 November 2007
- The Rex, Wareham
30 Nov - 1 Dec 2007
- Whitgift Film Theatre, Grimsby
3/5/6 Dec 2007
- New Park Cinema Chichester
29-30 Dec 2007
- Theatr Mwldan Cardigan
13 Jan 2008
- Cameo Edinburgh
6-7 Feb 2008
- Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal