Clash of the Ash

Director: Fergus Tighe

Stifled in his last year at school by the expectations of family, friends and community in his small home town, Phil (Liam Heffernan) is torn between duty and deciding for himself what he wants out of life. Fergus Tighe’s semi-autobiographical film is not just unerringly true to the feelings of claustrophobia a small town can induce in the average adolescent, it works equally well as a snapshot of Ireland at that moment in time when the country seemed perilously close to terminal decay.
(1987, 52mins)

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