MOVIE LOCATION OF THE WEEK: THE COMMITMENTS

Movie locations from this classic are scattered all over the city.

Film: The Commitments (1991)
Location: Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 

Alan Parker's 1991 film about a charismatic soul band from Dublin was voted best Irish film of all time in a 2005 poll (sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey), and it's not hard to see why. The Commitments was shot on real locations all across the city: Saint Francis Xavier Church, Kilbarrack D.A.R.T. Station, the Darndale area on the Northside of Dublin, upstairs at the Camden Deluxe Hotel (the band's rehearsal space), and above at Mansion House on Dawson Street. In the film the house becomes the fictional Westley Hotel – a cheeky hat-tip to Assistant Director Bill Westley – where the band's manager, Jimmy, hopes to meet soul legend Wilson Pickett. Today the building houses a swanky restaurant where you can book private dining rooms – if you have the dosh.