Documentary

This Documentary film selection includes short and feature–length documentaries charting the evolution of modes of factual representation from the earliest days of actuality through the travelogues and informational films of the pre-television era to the full-blown theatrical documentary available today. A range of issues are explored by Irish and external observers with the work of leading documentarians John T Davis, Louis Marcus, Pat Collins and Ken Wardrop being of particular note.

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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: 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…

3½ MINUTES, 10 BULLETS

MARC SILVER,

On the evening of November 23rd, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida, African-American teenager Jordan Davis was shot ten times by Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old Caucasian man who objected to the loud music Jordan and his friends were playing in their car…

7th Son

Narayan Van Maele, 2014

This short documentary by Narayan Van Maele focuses on the magical healing powers of the seventh son, as seen in figure of Mayo man Brian Lavin.

A City Dreaming

Mark McCauley, 64minutes, 2014

A portrait of Derry-Londonderry. A series of personal and intimate recollections of a city and its people. A story that weaves its way through half a century of history during a time that saw the city rise from poverty and…

A Doctor’s Sword

Gary Lennon, 70 minutes, 2015

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the WWII bombing of Nagasaki, here is the almost unbelievable tale of a young man who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki), and…

A Second of June

Frank Stapleton, 40 minutes, 1984

Frank Stapleton’s Ulyssean, richly textured day in the life of two young people wandering through the streets of Dublin set against a backdrop of street traders, amusement arcades and protests during the visit of President Ronald Reagan to Ireland in…

A Vision: A Life of W.B. Yeats

Alan Gilsenan, 75 minutes, 2013

The life and work of W.B. Yeats holds a particular place in hearts and imaginations across the world. This film is a response to that vast body of work – a visual and avowedly experimental ‘film-poem’. Using solely the words…

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…
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