Martin McDonagh is notorious for a particular brand of blistering, postmodern, dark comedy that brilliantly slides into the extremes of ugliness, violence, and brutality in a way that may best be described as grotesquely absurd. Born in London to Irish immigrant parents, he began his career scripting radio plays and has since won two Olivier Awards and been nominated for four Tonys. His plays include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and The Pillowman. His first foray into filmmaking was the Academy Award–winning short Six Shooter. In Bruges is McDonagh’s first feature.
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