A cinematic journey charting the UK and Ireland’s relationship over the last century, through the eyes of filmmakers

Thursday 3rd - Sunday 27th November, 2016

Irish Film London and the Irish Film Institute deliver this major film series to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916, an event in Dublin that reverberated around the world, mired as most of the imperial powers were in the Great War. The Rising changed utterly the most intimate and long standing relations between Ireland and the United Kingdom that have played out over the succeeding century. 

The films programmed for this project will reflect on the cultural conversations between Ireland and Britain from 1916 to 2016 as projected through cinema. 

The series explores the different perspectives brought into focus by the actual period or events depicted and the historical moment in which each film was produced. Aimed a general but discerning audience, the series invites viewers to consider how films reveal as much about the state of Anglo-Irish relations at the time the films were viewed as they provide direct information about the historical events portrayed. 

Seen together in retrospect, this series shows the extent of cinematic material there is in the major national archives. The series aims to challenge British and Irish audiences of today to reflect together on how the people of the two countries have connected, conversed and changed over the past century.

Co-Curators/Programmers: Prof. Lance Pettitt, Kelly O’Connor (IFFL), Sunniva O’Flynn (IFI), Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image.



Thursday 3 November
Guests of the Nation (1935, Ire. Denis Johnston, b/w silent. 16mm/DCP. 45mins.) + live musical accompaniment from pianist Josh Johnston

Tuesday 8 November
Let's Be Famous (UK, 1939 Walter Forde , b/w sound. 35mm 80mins). 

Thursday 10 November
Daughter of Darkness (UK, 1948, Lance Comfort, b/w sound. 35mm 90mins).

Tuesday 15 November
She Didn’t Say No (UK 1958, Cyril Frankel, 35mm 97mins) 

Thursday 17 November
This Other Eden (Ireland, 1959, Muriel Box, b/w sound. 35mm, 85mins)

Tuesday 22 November
I was Happy Here (UK/Ire, 1965, Desmond Davis, with screenplay by Edna O’Brien, b/w sound, 35mm, 91mins)


Thursday 24 November

Irish Film Institute 1916 Centenary Ciné-Concert + live musical accompaniment by Cormac de Barra and Colm Ó Snodaigh


Saturday 26 November

‘Ireland and the UK: Film in the 1980s’

A day’s exploration of Ireland and the UK's changing relationship, as seen through the eyes of filmmakers in the 1980s with screenings, director's Q&As and discussion. Special guests: Pat Murphy & Vivienne Dick.

Maeve (UK, 1981, Pat Murphy 90mins) + Q&A with the film's director Pat Murphy
Screening of selected Vivienne Dick works (Images, Ireland & London Suite) + a discussion with Vivienne Dick
Daisy Chain (UK, 1990 Polly Devlin, 60mins)
Over Here: Irish Dance and Music in England (Ireland, 1981, Carlo Gebler, 52mins)

Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn - 1993

Saturday 26 November

In the Name of the Father (Ire/UK, 1993, Jim Sheridan, 133mins)

Bertha Dochouse, Curzon Bloomsbury – 2016

Sunday 27 November

Born and Reared (Ire/UK, 2016, Henrietta Norton, 67mins)

For more info on each of these films, check out our 2016 Programme

This programme has been made possible by the kind support of the Emigrant Support Programme, Irish Film Institute, Culture Ireland, Film Hub London, Film London, the BFI Film Audience Network and The Arts Council of Ireland.