It's Now Or Never

Jon Bang Carlsen, Denmark, 1996

44 min.DK/Documentary

The Irish West Coast, both harsh and beautiful, creates the frame for this humoristic documentary. The main character is Jimmy, middle aged and lonely. Of earthly creatures seen from his window is an equally lonely cow which has been bought by Jimmy from his bachelor friend, Austin. Jimmy would like a woman to share his life and looks up a matchmaker who dutifully asks him about his wishes and preferences. Jimmy bides his time, fantasizes, chats with the boys, asks God for advice and builds stone dikes, all the while humming that 'it's now or never'.
Then, this rugged man gets a telephone call from the matchmaker.ª
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title It's Now Or Never
Danish title It's Now Or Never
Keywords Ireland, Gender roles
Director Jon Bang Carlsen
Screenplay Jon Bang Carlsen
Director of Photography Donal Gilligan
Editor Molly Malene Stensgaard
Sound Darby Carroll
Appearances James Joseph M'Evoy, Austin Deely, Patrick O'Reilt, Will Daly
Production country Denmark
Production company Statens Filmcentral, Danmarks Radio, Carlsen & Co.
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
Danish theatrical release 20.05.1996
Cinemas Grand, provinsbiografer
TV release 20.12.1996, DR 2
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 12


Production company Statens Filmcentral, Danmarks Radio, Carlsen & Co.
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jon Bang Carlsen


Script Jon Bang Carlsen


Production Jon Bang Carlsen


Cinematography Donal Gilligan


Stills Jon Bang Carlsen


Editing Molly Malene Stensgaard


Sound Darby Carroll


Appearance James Joseph M'Evoy
Appearance Austin Deely
Appearance Patrick O'Reilt
Appearance Will Daly
Appearance Gerrry Geraghty

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Grand Prix 1996 Odense Internationale Film Festival 1996

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2007-11-07
Reykjavik Film Festival 2007-09-27
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2006-03-10
Jeonju International Film Festival 2003-04-25
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 2000-10-10
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2000-08-14
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