1916 in 2016 on the Cinema Screen
It was difficult to avoid 1916 and film in 2016. There was a major release of the Notre Dame-backed feature-length documentary, 1916: The Irish Rebellion, written/directed by Briona Nic Dhiarmada and narrated magesterially by Liam Neeson. I was invited to introduce a screening by IFFl in London in April and saw it again in Vienna in May, a screening supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland. The IFFL festival in November featured a brilliant strand of short film responses to '1916' packaged as "After 16" which I thoroughly recommend. Here is a trailer for My Life for Ireland (Kieron J. Walsh) which is extremely funny.
1916-2016 Centenary Strand – London - October/November2016
This film series project explored a 100 years of Anglo-Irish relations through the medium of film, using it to chart a cultural conversation between Ireland and Britain. It was the result of a successful bid for funding by the Irish Film Festival London (IFFL). I co-curated with Kelly O’Connor (IFFL) and Sunniva O’Flynn (IFI, Dublin) and it was supported by IFI International and Culture Ireland.
It began in October with twice-weekly screening at the Ritzy, Brixton [image] leading up to special events at the Barbican, screening a newly edited version of Some Say Chance (1934/2016 Michael Farrell/Dean Kavanagh), Bertha DocHouse, and Birkbeck Cinemas (see below). This series was part of the main IFFL annual festival.
Ireland and the UK: Film in the 1980s - Birkbeck London Saturday 26 November
10-6pm Birkbeck Cinema, Gordon Square, London WC1
This day-long film event is part of the IFFL 1916 Commemorations Series, a cinematic journey charting the relationship between Ireland and the UK through the eyes of filmmakers. Special guest directors Pat Murphy and Vivienne Dick introduced screenings of their films. Lance Pettitt curated and convened the day's screenings, Q&A and discussion.
Films screened included: Maeve (1981), London Suite (1988) and Images, Ireland, Daisy Chain (1990, d. Polly Devlin) and Over Here: Irish Dance and Music in England (1981 d. Carlo Gebler).
Vivienne Dick's work is featured by the Lux cinema in London and its web site offers selected works for sale and exhibition. There are also some interesting sources and essays on the under-researched area of experimental film in Ireland at this site.
Special Event - Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Tuesday 25 October
The Road to God Knows Where (1988. d. Alan Gilsenan)
To mark the publication of a new book on Gilsenan's seminal film about 1980s Ireland the IFI hosted a screening, Q&A with the director and gave the book its Irish launch at the Eustace Street headquarters of the IFI.
I have had the pleasure of working with Alan in putting the book and DVD of his film together over the past two years (along with Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos, Ruth Barton and Harvery O'Brien on this one). We presented the film on a few occasions in 2016 in Florianopolis, Sao Paulo, Cork and Dublin.
The book-and-DVD are available from Ger Sweeney at the IFI Bookshop in Dublin.
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Risings, Reels and Revisionists – Leuven University August/September 2016 - PhD seminar
I was pleased to be invited to give one of the keynote lectures at this biennial, five day event in Leuven at its prestigious Institute for Ireland in Europe. The group that meet are all doctoral students working on various aspects of Irish Studies and the programme involves lectures, presentation and discussion of their work and a cultural programme.