Made during the mid-1980s recession, Pigs is infused with fury and despair. Jimmy (Jimmy Brennan), a gay man separated from his wife, moves into a crumbling Henrietta Street mansion alongside a host of other misfits – the mentally damaged Tom (Maurice O’Donoghue) and one-time businessman George (George Shane). With drug-dealers and prostitutes setting up in the house, this makeshift family is soon subject to intimidation from the guards and other reprobates. Though relieved by moments of dark comedy, a bleaker vision of urban life had not been seen before in Irish film. Film historian Liam O’Leary called it “the best Irish film I have ever watched and one which still haunts the heart and memory of the viewer long after it has been seen.”.
Showing as part of our Cathal Black Season (February 6th-14th).