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. The hugely controversial Mother and Child Scheme is explored here as part of this fascinating look into the changing role Irish women had in Irish society between the 1940s and 1970s. Sexual revolution and the coming of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s are also explored with contributions from figures such as politician Alice Glenn, with topics ranging from women’s role in Northern Ireland’s Civil Rights movement to the demand to be allowed swim in Dublin’s ‘forty foot’.

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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