Renowned for her Crime World podcast, Nicola Tallant brings audiences together with a club celebrating gangster movies – complete with a mob-worthy party, writes Clodagh Meaney
Nevertheless, despite the true horrors of organized crime, the glitz and glamor of Hollywood gangster movies remain popular among moviegoers.
Henry Hill, Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal and James ‘Whitey’ Bulger are just a few real life mobsters whose stories have been immortalized by Tinseltown. Over the years, stars such as Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro have brought characters to life, both real and inspired by the criminal underworld.
By re-enacting epic gunfights, smoking massive cigars and sipping whiskey on the rocks, Hollywood has ensured that the often true and unbelievable stories of mob bosses and their glamorous molls continue to be part of popular culture. .
Nicola Tallant wants to take you beyond the usual headlines on her Crime World podcast as she and a host of guests review some of the most popular gangster movies of our time.
The Dingle Whiskey Movie Club will give listeners a front row seat as the organized crime expert dissects everything from family ties in The Godfather, the life and times of the real Donnie Brasco and the seedy drug underworld in Goodfellas.
“These films have iconic characters, soundtracks and storylines, many of which reflect real life, so we’ll have plenty to discuss,” Nicola says.
“It seems like half the country is in a book club, so I think we crime fans can do with our own movie club. So the Dingle Whiskey Movie Club was born as part of Crime World,” she explained.
Topics covered on Ireland’s number one rated true crime podcast range from gang feuds and drug busts to the lives and crimes of serial killers. The movie club will be the first time the podcast has strayed from its hard-hitting crime coverage to delve into the world of filmmaking while inviting listeners to participate.
“Even though people love to hear the latest gang news, who doesn’t love a good gangster movie?”
“As the days are getting colder and the evenings are getting darker, it seems like a good idea to revisit some of these classics,” Nicola continued.
Nicola explains that the idea for the film club came to him as a plan to bring together the entire Crime World audience.
“Crime World’s audience is very diverse,” she explained.
“They are of all ages and come from all over the country and from abroad. They have different careers, backgrounds and stories. So I thought one way to unite everyone was through the power of movies.
“For this season, we’re picking 10 of the best and letting listeners vote on a few categories.”
“We will review the films with special guests and hope to have fun doing it.”
Comedians Emma Doran and Peter McGann, presenter Fionnuala Jay, podcasters The Two Norries and a host of Sunday World favorites will join Nicola across five very special episodes.
Fans can also get involved and have their say by voting for their favorite movies, characters, scenes and lines.
“I, for one, can’t wait to curl up on the couch with a fire and a little pinch – and watch our chosen classics,” Nicola added.
“I encourage our listeners to do the same, to watch, listen and get involved as we revisit these quintessential films together.”
But that’s not all; On December 1, Crime World is throwing a mafia-like party to crown the best gangster movie, according to listeners.
Gathered at the Sugar Club in Dublin, a Dingle Whiskey cocktail will welcome guests before they are treated to an evening with Nicola Tallant to discuss the real stories behind the sets of glamorous films. Lucky listeners will have the chance to win two VIP tickets to the event, which includes food, drink and an intimate live recording of Crime World.
“I can’t wait to meet some of our lucky listeners on the show,” Nicola said. “This will be my first time meeting fans of the show and discussing all things mobs and molls.”