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Attracta

Kieran Hickey, 55 minutes, 1983

Adapted from a work by William Trevor, Attracta is a searing account of lone voices resisting the bloodshed of twentieth century Ireland, told through the figure of the elderly, institutionalised Attracta (Wendy Hiller). An orphan of Ireland’s War of Independence,…

The Ballroom of Romance

Pat O'Connor, 65 minutes, 1982

This perfectly rendered naturalist feature, adapted from writer William Trevor’s short story The Ballroom of Romance, explores the deadening atmosphere of 1950s Ireland through the figure of the unmarried Bridie (Brenda Fricker).  “Spinster” Bridie goes to the country ballroom, where…

Barracks Estate

Joe Lee, 90 minutes, 2017

Following the success of Fortune’s Wheel (about Bill Stephens, the Fairview lion tamer), director Joe Lee focuses now on another Dublin neighbourhood, Inchicore, to tell the extraordinary story of life as lived over 200 years in Richmond Barracks, Keogh Square and St…

Between Land and Sea

Ross Whitaker, 90 minutes, 2017

This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in a community of surfers in Lahinch, Co. Clare, following their on-and off-season lives over the course of a sea-buffeted year. The surfers have dedicated their lives…

Between the Canals

Mark O'Connor, 74 minutes, 2011

While Dublin’s criminal underbelly has occupied many Irish filmmakers over the past fifteen years, this debut from Mark O’Connor distinguishes itself by largely avoiding genre clichés and creating credible and likable portraits of small-time troublemakers. As with Martin Scorsese’s Mean…

Black 47

Lance Daly, 99 minutes, 2018

Given the number of films which have taken their inspiration from Ireland’s troubled history, the lack of those that depict the events of the Great Famine is all the more noticeable, and so credit is due to director Lance Daly…

Bloody Sunday

Paul Greengrass, 107 minutes, 2002

Directed by Paul Greengrass, this highly regarded reconstruction of the events of Bloody Sunday (30 January 1972), when British paratroopers fired on civil rights marchers, was produced by Jim Sheridan under his production company Hell’s Kitchen. Made to commemorate the…

Bloom

Sean Walsh, 113 minutes, 2003

A vivid adaptation of Joyce’s celebrated Ulysses, Bloom is a rich costume drama about Leopold Bloom (Stephen Rea), his ribald wife, Molly (Angeline Ball), and the young intellectual Stephen Dedalus (Hugh O’Conor) going about their daily business. In a bold…

Borstal Boy

Peter Sheridan, 93 minutes, 2000

A stirring drama adapted from Brendan Behan’s autobiographical novel, Borstal Boy depicts Behan’s (Shawn Hatosy) time spent in a British reform school for young men– a borstal – during World War II. Imprisoned for smuggling dynamite to England as part…

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