Director: SKIP KITE

94 minutes, U.K.,2014, Black and White and Colour, D-Cinema

We will have special guests introducing screenings of this film. Please see times & details below. 

Tony Benn was elected a British Member of Parliament in 1950. During a long and influential career that witnessed great social upheaval, he had to fight for his right to abandon an inherited peerage in 1960, his committed socialist beliefs brought him into conflict with many, and he was a thorn in the side of both Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

His fraught relationship with the media saw him once decried as ‘The Most Dangerous Man in Britain’, then celebrated as a ‘national treasure’, and the irony wasn’t lost on Benn, who remained involved in political campaigns up until his death last March, aged 88. Skip Kite’s documentary takes the form of an extended interview with Benn, illustrated with great archive footage and it’s an intimate reflection on the life, work and passions of an inspiring and brilliant figure. There’s great sadness in politicians like him having become increasingly rare. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

This film will be introduced by special guests:

Friday 3 October 18.30 – introduced by Richard Boyd Barrett TD

Monday 6 October 18.30 – introduced by Dr David Landy, Assistant Professor, Dept of Sociology, Trinity College, from Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Tuesday 7 October 18.30 – introduced by Joe Higgins TD

Thursday 9 October 18.30 – introduced by Clare Daly TD

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

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