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Ryan’s Daughter

David Lean, 206 minutes, 1970

Made by David Lean whilst he was on a run of films that included Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, Ryan’s Daughter is arguably the most visually impressive film ever made in Ireland. Based on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, the plot…


George Morrison, 90 minutes, 1959

George Morrison’s sequel to Mise Éire, his acclaimed account of Irish history focussing on the lead up to the 1916 Rising and the the War of Independence, Saoirse? deals with the events of that war and its aftermath. The film…

She Didn’t Say No

Cyril Frankel, 96 minutes, 1958

Based on Una Troy's charming novel, We Are Seven, She Didn't Say No depicts the lives of the Monaghan family, six children and their unmarried mother Bridget, in the town of Doon, County Waterford. The children's various fathers are local…

The Snapper

Stephen Frears, 91 minutes, 1993

Heart-warming and universal, The Snapper sees a family come together to face the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. Twenty years old and single, Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher) finds herself stunning her family, including father Dessie (Colm Meaney) with the news…

This Other Eden

Muriel Box, 81 minutes, 1959

The first Irish feature to be directed by a woman, This Other Eden is a comedy set in 1945 where the erection of a statue of patriot martyr Jack Carberry creates problems in a small town. With the return of…


Joseph Strick, 120 minutes, 1967

American director Joseph Strick’s Academy-Award-nominated take on James Joyce’s Ulysses is unquestionably the most faithful screen adaptation of the revered and illustrious novel. The plot, such as it is, is iconic; Leopold Bloom (Milo O’Shea) goes about his daily business…

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