If there’s one thing that Northern Ireland isn’t short of – it’s comedians.
This goes right back throughout the decades, when filmmakers captured the comedy and drama of smalltown life in Northern Ireland.
One of the excellent, but slightly forgotten, gems from the late 1990s was the short film Green Oranges .
Starring Co Tyrone actor Birdy Sweeney, Green Oranges follows the aging Tommy, who becomes the unlikely object of affection for two women following a game of bingo.
Alongside Birdy Sweeney were two of Northern Ireland’s other acting talents, Barbara Adair (better known for her roles in Mickybo & Me and as Sister Declan in Derry Girls) and Olivia Nash (known for her starring role as ‘Ma’ in Give My Head Peace.
Northern Ireland Screen have shared a clip from Green Oranges, directed by Conor Grimes, as they look back on some of the hidden gems from previous eras.
The clip above sees Adair and Nash share some banter in the bingo hall and on the bus home. It also shows them sharing their woes with Birdy Sweeney.
Sharing the clip, Northern Ireland Screen said: “.The charming short comedy stars Birdy Sweeney as Tommy, the aged and unlikely object of two women’s romantic affections. Watch as the women play hard to get following a game of Bingo.”
To watch the full programme, visit https://digitalfilmarchive.net/media/green-oranges-1972.