Be Grand: The Leaving Cert Resit,

Helen O’Hara – Empire

April 23, 2019

It’s five stars all round this week as Be Grand is only delighted to welcome the legend that is Helen O’Hara. Helen is a film critic at Empire magazine and whose voice has graced the publication’s incredibly popular Film Podcast. As well as describing what it’s like to be a reviewer for one of the most widely-read cinema periodicals in the world, Helen has invaluable advice for anyone looking to break into the industry and shares her “film critic origin story” explaining how she ended up doing one of the coolest jobs imaginable.

There’s also discussion on the pressure that comes with reviewing gargantuan Hollywood blockbusters, how geek culture has conquered the planet and the future of cinema in the age of streaming. Then there’s the small matter of the notorious 1996 Leaving Certificate English paper on one of the most famous texts in the English language – Avengers: Infinity War. How will Helen fare?

A blockbuster episode worthy of every single one of the precious five stars that Empire awarded to Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

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