1 April 2024 (Hong Kong) – The 48th Hong Kong International Film Festival’s highly popular Masterclass series hosted renowned British-Irish playwright and director Martin McDonagh today, who shared his artistic vision and career inspiration with the audience in Hong Kong.

As part of the tribute programme, all of McDonagh’s cinematic works have been included in this year’s festival, including his Oscars and BAFTAs winning titles: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Banshees of Inisherin.

After the well-received masterclass, writer-director Martin McDonagh met with the Hong Kong audience after the screening of his multiple BAFTA winner The Banshees of Inisherin. His latest work is an allegory of the Irish Civil War through the story of two friends who abruptly fall out. When asked if he ever considered a less desperate ending for this tragicomedy, McDonagh said he always loves tragedy at the end of everything. Despite the film ends in sadness, a ray of hope still remains when Pádraic replies ‘anytime’ to Colm and his dog.⁣

In reverse, McDonagh asked the audience how they interpreted the ending. When most of the audience raised their hands for an optimistic reading, McDonagh applauded and adroitly remarked: ‘Maybe Hong Kong people are more hopeful.’⁣