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Genre: Live action, animation and documentary
Year: 2016
Cert: PG
Duration: 90mins
Directors: Ben O’Connor, Joe Dolan, Kieron J. Walsh, Patrick Hodgins, Maria-Elena Doyle, Colm Quinn, Dave Tynan, Ann Marie Hourihane, Laura McNicholas, Andrea Harkin

Synopsis: After ’16 is a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events of Easter 1916. This collection of nine short films tells stories from the eve of the Rising all the way to the Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland and beyond.

Tickets: £13

A Father’s Letter

2015 / 12mins / Dir: Joe Dolan

On the eve of his execution on May 7th 1916, Michael Mallin’s two-year-old son Joseph was brought to see him in Kilmainham Gaol. That night, his father wrote a letter that would change Joseph’s life forever. In it he tells family he loves them and asks his little boy to be a priest.

A Terrible Hullabaloo

2015 / 10mins / Dir: Ben O’Connor

The story of young Vinny Byrne, a fourteen-year-old boy who found himself fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rising. An eighty-year-old Vinny reminisces on his time with the volunteers, which took him around the city during the fighting. With Vinny’s Dublin brought to life by the handmade miniature sets and puppetry, the film offers a uniquely charming first-hand account of the 1916 Rising.

Baring Arms

2015 / 10mins / Dir: Colm Quinn

There are many ways to commemorate the 1916 Rising, only one involves bloodshed.

Goodbye Darling

2015 / 12mins / Dir: Maria-Elena Doyle

‘Goodbye Darling’ is one day in the enduring love story of Irish Volunteer Michael Joseph O’Rahilly and his wife Nancy. It is day five of the 1916 Rising, and as the fighting intensifies, a concerned Nancy seeks comfort and diversion by playing the piano, unaware that her husband is leaving the beleaguered G.P.O. to lead the charge that will ultimately claim his life.

Granite and Chalk

2015 / 12 mins / Dir: Patrick Hodgins

Delving into declassified British intelligence documents, this documentary tells the story of two spies who could have changed Irish history. Codenamed Granite and Chalk, the agents reported from within rebel camps as they prepared to revolt against British rule in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Mr. Yeats & The Beastly Coins

2015 / 10mins / Dir: Laura McNicholas, Ann Marie Hourihane

Ten years after the Easter Rising, in 1926, the Free State government decided to create a new coinage for the new state. They invited the most famous poet in the world, W.B. Yeats, to chair the design committee. Behind-the-scenes battles were fought before the new coins became one of the most enduring success stories of the new Irish state.

My Life for Ireland

2015 / 14mins / Dir: Kieron Walsh

Ireland, Easter, 1916. In Dublin, Irish rebel Patrick Pearse leads a revolt to free Ireland from the grips of the British Empire. Owen, a young Irish patriot, wants to join them in their fight for freedom.

The Cherishing

2015 / 15mins / Dir: Dave Tynan

When The Rising starts the local sweet shops are the first to be looted by Dubliners living in the tenements. Noel and Tom race off and leave their mothers and sisters at home but the havoc of the next few days will come right to everyone’s door.

The Party

2015 / 13mins / Dir: Andrea Harkin

Laurence welcomes his friend and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them.

Tickets: £13