Director: Trish McAdam

40 minutes (each part), 1998, Black and White, Digi-beta

Join us for FREE lunchtime screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive.

This month’s series, which looks at the changing role of women in Irish society, provides a rich factual counterpoint to the feature films in our Beyond the Bechdel Test season. Hoodwinked is a three part documentary series which will be screened at consecutive lunchtimes throughout July.


Hoodwinked is Trish McAdam’s three-part documentary which appeared originally on RTÉ in 1998. Here the focus is on how women fared during and after the battle for Ireland’s independence, as their crucial role during the struggle saw them win the vote six years before women in England, only for a conservative Irish Free State to row back on these freedoms. Extensive and exciting use of archive footage is made as as the documentary searches for dissenting female voices – as well as those who favoured conservatism – in this period in Irish society.

This event is part of Beyond the Bechdel Test, our season throughout July focusing on the work of directors who have explored the complex ties between women that are an integral aspect of the films’ narratives, named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel who introduced the idea in her 1985 comic strip.

Programme 1Programme 2 and Programme 3 will screen at consecutive lunchtimes throughout July. Please ask at the IFI Box Office for dates and timesSimply book your FREE seat by contacting the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or emailing boxoffice@irishfilm.ie (given that events can sell out, please note that your emailed booking requests must be confirmed by reply email from the Box Office in order to be considered valid).

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