The Road to God Knows Where was a breakthrough, iconoclastic film for Alan Gilsenan and remains a memorable zeitgeist movie of Ireland in a transformational decade. The 1980s was a period of social regression, emigration and political crisis. The Road… captures the shockwave spirit of the time in its chaotic ensemble of testimony, stark visual imagery and arresting music track featuring U2, Aslan, and The Pogues. The film was infused with the idea that Ireland was on the move, on a journey, literally and figuratively, to unknown destinations. (Notes by Lance Pettitt.)
The Road to God Knows Where – a new book, with accompanying DVD, co-edited by Lance Pettitt and Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos – will be launched at this screening. Alan Gilsenan will participate in a post-screening Q&A with Lance Pettitt.