A six-week evening course on the hero in film.

The representation of heroic figures has preoccupied artists as far back as ancient Greece. Shakespeare offered a gamut of heroes and villains, poetry featured the romantic lover.  Early cinema identified the villainous bank robber, then the cowboy of the western genre and, later, the blockbuster action hero. All of these depictions reflect identifiable heroic – or anti-heroic – qualities that befit the protagonists’ particular circumstance.

The biopic of the late Nelson Mandela, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, offers a contemporary cinematic reference point for an examination of the concept of heroism on screen. This evening course, featuring a full screening and follow-up discussion each week led by film specialists, will examine a range of filmic heroes, both male and female, in situations of politics, drama, war and counterculture.

The films showing during the course are:

Malcolm X – Feb 4th

Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey – Feb 11th

Brother/Brat – Feb 18th

Pink Flamingos – Feb 25th

Jezebel – Mar 4th

This is England – Mar 11th

€60 (including tea/coffee) for complete course (Concessions €55). Please book your place
by calling Sharon Corrigan on 01 679 5744 or email scorrigan@irishfilm.ie.
Film tickets not individually sold.

The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland