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MONTHLY MUST-SEE CINEMA: INIS FÁIL – ISLE OF DESTINY

Director: EDWARD MIRSOEFF

62 minutes, 1971, Colour


Writer James Plunkett, author of this year’s Dublin: One City, One Book, Strumpet City, is best known for his depictions of Dublin’s inner city life. However, in 1971 he was invited to write more broadly about Irish society and to present a general portrait of Ireland for the BBC. Inis Fáil – Isle of Destiny takes Plunkett to traditional beauty spots such as Glendalough and the Shannon Estuary and also to some unexpected locations – Liberty Hall, J.M. Synge’s cottage and a cooperative farming community established by Fr. McDyer in Co. Donegal. Plunkett’s interpretation of Ireland for British television audiences considers many aspects of Irish history and mythology, modernity, industrialisation and the need to cherish traditional ways of life.

We will also be screening Look Up and Live Ireland in Transition, a five-minute extract showing an interview with James Plunkett commenting on the suppression of writers by the Catholic Church, directed by Portman Pagett for U.S. television. (5 minutes, 1965, Black and White).

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