For a century now filmmakers both Irish and foreign have been drawn to the inherent drama in the Irish struggle for independence. Fiction and non-fiction films dealing with the 1916 – 1922 period abound. This programme presents a broad range of cinema and television work focusing particularly on the 1916 Rising.
The tones vary from reverent to satirical, from unashamedly nationalistic to politically interrogative. The compendium of foreign perspectives range from the simple, unmediated camera rushes of British newsreel cameramen to the more complicated narrative layers of John Ford’s adaptation of Sean O’Casey’s 1916 tenement masterpiece; Jack Cardiff’s spin on John Ford’s later fictionalisation of Sean O’Casey’s life; and David Lean’s sumptuous love story to which the events of 1916 are but a footnote. Local filmmakers’ response to the narrative is no less textured: from Neil Jordan’s epic biopic of Michael Collins (itself the subject of much debate around historical accuracy); Isaac Eppel’s powerful War of Independence drama, Irish Destiny (released on the 10th anniversary of the Easter Rising); Gael Linn’s unashamedly nationalistic Mise Éire; the multi-faceted brace of new short works, inspired by the centenary and commissioned by the Irish Film Board; and the eclectic collection of shorts (mostly released for the 50th anniversary).
Programme packages will be tailored to meet a range of exhibition needs.
Various, 2 hours aprox, 2016
George Dewhurst, 78 minutes, 1926
Neil Jordan, 132 minutes, 1996
George Morrison, 88 minutes, 1959
John Ford, 73 mins, 1936
Peter Lennon, 70 minutes, 1968
David Lean, 206 minutes, 1970
Pat Collins, 70 minutes, 2010
Ken Loach, 127 minutes, 2006
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