To coincide with the Channel 4: 40 Years of Revolution season at the BFI, and the Channel 4, Northern Ireland, and the Long 1980s symposium at QUB, the BFF is proud to screen two films from Channel 4's archives.
Director Anne Crilly will introduce the screening.
Made by the Derry Film & Video workshop as part of C4’s initiative to support collective filmmaking around the UK, the film was indefinitely shelved by the broadcaster when one of the participants, Mairead Farrell, was killed by the SAS in Gibraltar shortly after the film’s completion. It has become a teaching point on censorship ever since, which glosses over the film’s remarkable ability to reflect prominent Republican women’s nuanced feelings on ‘Mother Ireland’, the symbol of Irish Nationalism personified as a woman.
Also Screening as part of Channel 4 at 40:
IRELAND: THE SILENT VOICES, Rod Stoneman, 1983
(Thursday 10th November, 7pm, The Beanbag Cinema)
Shown on The Eleventh Hour, this film, one of a three-part documentary, analyses British and international media coverage of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and representations of the Troubles. Made by Rod Stoneman, former deputy editor of independent film and video for Channel 4.
Please book separately.