THE PATRIOT GAME (FROM THE VAULTS)

Arthur MacCaig

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The screening will be introduced by Arthur MacCaig’s son, Donal Foreman. Foreman’s new film, The Image You Missed, is out now. 

When the British Foreign Office warned its embassies that The Patriot Game, a new documentary about the Northern Ireland conflict, was “damaging and highly critical of Her Majesty’s Government”, director Arthur MacCaig welcomed it as “the best review I ever had”.

MacCaig, a leftist Irish-American, perceived a stark disparity between the tribal, religious conflict he saw depicted in the media, and what he experienced on the ground as a struggle between “the colonizer and the colonized”. The Patriot Game is a searingly intense history of the conflict rooted in an unapologetically Republican, socialist point of view, distinguished by MacCaig’s rare insider access to the Provisional IRA.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

90 mins, France, 1978, 16mm

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