She Didn’t Say No (UK 1958, Cyril Frankel, 35mm 97mins)
A film with the controversial topic of illegitimacy and female sexuality that was banned by the Irish film censor. Based on Una Troy’s novel, We are Seven, it features several Abbey Theatre actors and was all set for production in Ireland before it came under pressure and was moved to Cornwall. Set in Waterford, Bridie Monaghan is the unmarried mother of six children by different local men who all attempt to rid the town of what is seen as the social embarrassment. Whimsical treatment and the film’s reception provide a fascinating lens to view the late-1950s.
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This screening is part of the 'Irish Film London 1916 Commemorations Film Series', a cinematic journey charting the UK and Ireland’s relationship over the last century, through the eyes of filmmakers.