1916 Centenary

For a century now filmmakers both Irish and foreign have been drawn to the inherent drama in the Irish struggle for independence. Fiction and non-fiction films dealing with the 1916 – 1922 period abound. This programme presents a broad range of cinema and television work focusing particularly on the 1916 Rising. The tones vary from reverent to satirical, from unashamedly nationalistic to politically interrogative. The compendium of foreign perspectives range from the simple, unmediated camera rushes of British newsreel cameramen to the more complicated narrative layers of John Ford’s adaptation of Sean O’Casey’s 1916 tenement masterpiece; Jack Cardiff’s spin on John Ford’s later fictionalisation of Sean O’Casey’s life; and David Lean’s sumptuous love story to which the events of 1916 are but a footnote. Local filmmakers’ response to the narrative is no less textured: from Neil Jordan’s epic biopic of Michael Collins (itself the subject of much debate around historical accuracy); Isaac Eppel’s powerful War of Independence drama, Irish Destiny (released on the 10th anniversary of the Easter Rising); Gael Linn’s unashamedly nationalistic Mise Éire; the multi-faceted brace of new short works, inspired by the centenary and commissioned by the Irish Film Board; and the eclectic collection of shorts (mostly released for the 50th anniversary). Programme packages will be tailored to meet a range of exhibition needs.

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1916 Centenary Archive Shorts Programme 1

Various, 64 minutes, 1966

This Most Gallant Gentleman  A record of the return in 1965 of the exhumed body of Roger Casement, executed in London in 1916; the lying-in-state;  funeral procession and burial attended by Taoiseach Sean Lemass and other dignitaries. He was a…

1916 Centenary Archive Shorts Programme 2

Various, 64 minutes,

Eireville Time has stood still since the 1916 Easter Rising and everybody lives in the past tense.  A journalist from the present tense is sent to solve a mystery in this cleverly-constructed satire. James Finlan / 2002/ 24 mins/B/W Irland…

1916 Centenary Newsreel Ciné Concert

Various, 40 minutes aprox, 1916

IFI have curated a ciné-concert featuring a programme of newsreels documenting events immediately preceding and following the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. The British, German, American and Australian newsreels in this short programme were presented in 1916 in cinemas…

1916: The Irish Rebellion

Pat Collins & Ruan Magan, 80 minutes, 2016

‘1916: The Irish Rebellion’ is a landmark documentary narrated by acclaimed actor and Irishman Liam Neeson.  It examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent events that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and indirectly to…

After ’16

Various, 2 hours aprox, 2016

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board Short Films A programme of nine short films inspired by the subject of 1916 and what it has left in its wake, commissioned by the IFB. Programme includes fiction and non-fiction, live-action and…

Irish Destiny

George Dewhurst, 78 minutes, 1926

The first feature to depict the Irish War of Independence, Irish Destiny plays out a romance between an IRA member and his lover against a backdrop of intrigue and violence. Leaving his beloved Moira (Frances MacNamara) behind, Denis O’Hara (Paddy…

Michael Collins

Neil Jordan, 132 minutes, 1996

An icon of Irish history, Michael Collins’ (Liam Neeson) life as a revolutionary becomes cinema in Neil Jordan’s historical epic. Retrenching after the failure of the 1916 Rising, Michael Collins sees its hero develop an army of street assassins whose…

Mise Éire

George Morrison, 88 minutes, 1959

Produced by the pioneering Irish language filmmakers Gael Linn, Mise Éire, draws almost exclusively on contemporaneous newspapers, newsreels and actuality footage from the early years of Ireland’s revolutionary period to present a history of that turbulence. The era under director…

Plough and the Stars

John Ford, 73 mins, 1936

In the spring of 1916, hostility towards the British is brewing on the streets of Dublin. Nora Clitheroe (Barbara Stanwyk) tries in vain to keep her husband Jack (Preston Foster) from joining the rebel forces for fear he will die…
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