Irish Opinion Ollie Cole

Turn’s former frontman Ollie Cole takes a break from working on his new solo album to talk movies.

After seven years fronting one of Ireland’s most beloved Indie bands Ollie Cole and the boys of Turn finally decided to call it a day. Now, after more than two years of writing and recording (both here in Ireland and in Germany), the former frontman is  preparing to go it alone.


With help from other well-known Irish music musicians such as Paul Noonan (Bell X1) and former band mate Gavin Fox (Concerto for Constantine) Ollie has completed work on his first solo album which he hopes to have out by the end of the year. Taking a break from DJing, writing and recording, Ollie drops in to talk movies. 

Q: How often to you get to sit down and watch a movie?

I tend to watch movies at home late at night or old movies in the afternoon. I don’t go to the cinema as much as i would want to. Im very lazy

Q: Tell us about the last movie you saw?

I watched Amelie on tv the other night and i fucking loved it. It is such a gorgeous movie in every way, It is beautifully filmed and has a incredibly imaginative story line. I also love delicatessen and the first one that they made that i can’t remember the of right now.


Q: What is your favourite Irish movie and why?

I like the snapper because it is hilarious. I still haven’t seen Adam and paul, i hear its great too. I have to admit i really liked “once”. I found it very moving and i was proud when Glen won his Oscar.

Q: What is your favourite movie of all time?

Probably “Being John Malcovich” or “Elephant man” even though it kills me. I also like Delicatessen as i said and Amelie and oh! i remember now its called “city of lost children”

Q: What movie could you never sit through again?

Oh God, there are unfortunately so many. I went to see an new Irish movie recently a coming of age thing i also can’t remember the name of, you probably know it, its out right now, its awful im sad to say

Q: Describe your ideal movie cast… (actor, actress & director)

Me as the actor, my friend sinead watters as the actress and my other friend Joanne as the director. We are very funny

Q: Have you ever cried during a movie? Which one?
Jesus i cry at the drop of a hat. Well it depends on the hat and what it was dropped into. I cried during Amelie because it was so beautiful, its more beautiful things that make me cry. I cry when the woman comes home during 60 minute make over and they have ruined her house but she loves it anyway. All great movies make me cry

Q: Favourite movie snack?

Ben and Gerry’s Jerry Garcia

Q: Favourite TV programme?

I watch all kinds of crap, I like countdown and i am ashamed to say Big Brother and all nature programs. There was a documentary called “equator” that i really like too

Q: Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Natalie Portman, I Love her, no i suppose ith as to be a male. Can i play myself and she can play my lover?


Ollie plays 4 Dame Lane, this Saturday (September 13th). For more information visit here.