Van, The

Date: 1996
Director: Stephen Frears
Production Company: Beacon Communications, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Deadly Films

Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan, Caroline Rothwell, Neilí Conroy, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Brendan O'Carroll
Location(s): County Dublin

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Storyline:

A redundant baker sets himself up in business running a burger van with his unemployed best friend.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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In Barrytown, a fictitious working class area on the outskirts of Dublin, Larry (Colm Meaney) waits for his newly redundant pal Brendan "Bimbo" Reeves to return from shopping with his family. Briarfield Grove in Dublin 5.

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Two Characters scavenge on the shores of the north lagoon between Raheny and Bull Island to the north-east of Dublin.

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Having trouble coping with unemployment, Bimbo speaks with Larry as they while away another empty day. The pathway alongside James Larkin Road in Raheny with Causeway Road crossing to Bull island in the background and a ferry entering Dublin port beyond.

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Coming out of the shopping centre after winning £20 on the lottery, Larry and Bimbo question who would want to buy food from a trailer in a car park in the rain. The car park of the Greendale Shopping Centre in Kilbarrack with properties on Thornville Drive in the left distance.

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The pair head into the pub where they spend the prize money. Outside the The Foxhound Bar on Greendale Road.

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Teenage Girls walk past as Bimbo sits with Larry and tells his outraged friend that he's going for a job at McDonald's.

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Weslie (Brendan O'Carroll) appears as the two begin to argue.

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Bimbo and Larry are asked to follow Weslie who wants to show them something.

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As the three men cross the railway line Weslie begins to outline the potential of the, as yet, unseen thing. Redmond’s Close now occupies this grassed area next to the railway line to the north of Kilbarrack station. The distant bridge over the track was also seen in ‘The Commitments’.

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As the men reach the far side of the line, Larry finds a coin on the ballast. The since demolished Swan's Nest Court flats stand in the background.

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Larry is unconvinced as Bimbo sees the potential in a derelict food van. This isn’t the other side of the tracks after all, it’s actually the rear of a property on Briarield Grove and that skylight visible between the terraces to the top left is in the roof of number 12.

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Bimbo's wife Maggie (Ger Ryan) helps to push the engineless vehicle home. An access road off Briarield Grove that has since disappeared with a new terrace of six homes now covering the site.

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Children flock around as the van nears Bimbo's house. Briarield Grove in Kilbarrack, Dublin with Swan's Nest Court in the distance.

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Bimbo asks Larry to be his partner in the new enterprise, Bimbo's Burgers. Briarield Grove, Dublin 5.

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Cleaning the filthy, greasy van is more trouble than at first thought.

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Maggie brings beers out Larry and her husband as they continue with their task.

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With the van clean and newly decorated and the fryers and hot plates in working order, a bin full of chips is loaded into the back. Briarield Grove in Kilbarrack, Dublin 5.

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With Larry at the wheel and his daughter Diane in the passenger seat, Bimbo tows the van to the pub car park. Looking south-eastward on Greendale Road in Dublin 5.

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Men run past as they head towards the bar to catch the start of a World Cup match. Greendale Shopping Centre car park on Greendale Road.

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The van runs into the back of Bimbo's car when he brakes suddenly.

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Halfway through the first evening of business, Bingo Players finish their chips before the men come out of the pub after a win that guarantees Ireland a place in the next round of the tournament.

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Maggie secures a place on the beach for Bimbo's Burgers. Causeway Road on Bull Island in Dublin Bay to the north-east of the city.

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Larry and Bimbo take a look at their prospective customers. Portmarnock Beach, Portmarnock, since 1994 in Fingal, with the distant Martello Tower to the north of the coastal village.

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Diane (Neilí Conroy) catches up with her dad Larry and Bimbo before they prepare to open up. The dunes overlooking Dollymount Strand on Bull Island with the North Bull Island Interprative Centre in the right distance.

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An angry Customer (Ronan Wilmot) hammers on the van's closed hatch after being served a battered nappy. The roundabout on Causeway Road, Bull Island with the chimneys of Poolbeg Power Station standing in the left distance.

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Larry throws fish at the Customer as he follows the van when Bimbo drives away. Causeway Road on Bull Island.

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Taking a well deserved night off. Larry and Bimbo head into Dublin.

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After several drinks of many, the lads leave the pubs behind and head to a club. The junction of Leeson Street Lower and Pembroke Street Upper in Dublin 2.

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Telling the Doormen (Arthur Napper and Sean O'Donovan) that they've come from a conference, the pair are allowed into Leo's nightclub. Leeson Street Lower at the corner of Hatch Street Lower.

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Another busy night for Bimbo's Burgers as the audience comes out from a Megadeth concert. Outside St. Francis Xaviers Hall, the former S.F.X. Centre, on Sherrard Street Upper, Dublin 1. The building has been replaced by residential properties.

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Following a visit from the Health Inspector, the two entrepreneurs argue and Larry storms off. Facing Greendale Shopping Centre and the Foxhound Bar on Greendale Road.

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Bimbo catches up with Larry and hits him before the two mates go to the bar for a pint. Greendale Road in Kilbarrack.

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Deciding to "kill the poxy van", a drunk Bimbo leaves the bar with Larry and the two drive to the beach. Looking from the car park of the Greendale Shopping Centre onto Greendale Road in Kilbarrack, Dublin 5.

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Bimbo brings the van to a stand before driving it into the sea. Dollymount Strand on Bull Island with Poolbeg Power Station in the left distance.

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