HUSH-A-BYE BABY (FROM THE VAULTS)

Margo Harkin

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This screening will be introduced by director Margo Harkin. 

1980s Derry. Goretti Friel (Emer McCourt) is one of a spirited group of teenage friends. She meets Ciarán (Michael Liebmann) and romance soon blossoms.

When he is arrested and imprisoned by the British army Goretti is dismayed to find herself pregnant. Unable to communicate the news to Ciarán, she is left to deal with the crisis alone and is tormented by the conflicts of her growing belly and the influence of a Catholic upbringing (which triggers lurid visions of the Virgin Mary, played by Sinéad O’Connor).

In her feature début, Margo Harkin creates an engaging drama about a group of smart and likeable young women dealing with a crisis for which there are no easy solutions.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

72 mins, 1989, UK-Ireland, 35mm

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