Larry Mullen in New Documentary and other Docs

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2020-11-23)

Today in the UK and Ireland the new documentary Finding Jack Charlton will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and via home streaming options such as Amazon and Apple TV. Jack Charlton was the manager of the Irish Republic’s national football team in the 1980s and 1990s. The refrain of Larry Mullen’s “Put ‘Em Under Pressure,” the anthem for Irelands World Cup team in 1990 was “We’re all part of Jackie’s army”, referring to Charlton.

The documentary looks at Charlton’s life through interviews with those who knew him, to those who discuss the impact that he had on Ireland, mixed with archival footage. The documentary is directed by Gabriel Clarke and Pete Thomas, and runs 90 minutes, and focuses on his time in Ireland.

In the documentary Larry Mullen discusses Charlton’s impact on Ireland. The Evening Standard calls Mullen eloquent in his words. In the trailer Mullen speaks about how Charlton inspired Ireland to move beyond a “violent republican movement” and fly the flag with pride.

The film debuted in theatres on November 6, and is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital platforms.

Larry isn’t the only one appearing in a documentary. The members of U2 have been busy popping up in various documentaries in the last few months. Here’s a list of a few of them should you want to catch up on things.

  • Windmill Lane (Directed by Alan Moloney, features Bono, Adam Clayton and The Edge, March 7, 2020, 87 Minutes)
  • Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (Directed by Mary Wharton, features Bono, first debuted on September 9, 2020, 95 Minutes)
  • Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away (Directed by Emer Reynolds, features Adam Clayton, first debuted October 23, 2020, 112 minutes)
  • Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (Directed by Julien Temple, features Bono, first debuts December 4, 2020, 124 minutes)
  • Ahimsa – Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless (Will include “Ahimsa” by U2 with AR Rahman)
  • As yet untitled KROQ Documentary (Directed by Nate Adams and Adam Carolla, said to include U2)

And while doing a little look around to see if we had missed any documentaries, we came up with an interesting side track, Origins: The Story of Irish Hip Hop is a new documentary, and while there is no direct U2 involvement, there is archival footage from U2’s concert at the RDS arena where Scary Eire opened for U2. The show was part of the Zooropa tour in 1993, and the band was an Irish rap act. During the show at the RDS, one member of the group dive bombed into the crowd, injuring two girls and resulting in the band being dropped by Island Records. Maybe you’ll spot yourself in the crowd?

That documentary is currently streaming on the Redbull site here. As we mention, it contains no U2 footage, but does include footage of an opening act during the Zooropa tour in Dublin.

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