On ‘what could have been’ Brexit day, 29th March, along with our colleagues from Dublin and Clones, we hosted a unique cross border event on the Border between the North and South of Ireland.
Screenings of a curated selection of border archive – from way back when it was implemented, and irreverent clips of Spike Milligan’s ‘Puckoon’ played alongside archive of the real life border commissioners who drew the border.
Claire Dwyer Hogg’s Brexit; a cry from the Irish Border was screened and followed by a Q&A with Claire, Stephen Rea and Juliet Riddell. This short film has been seen by over 2 million viewers online and has been a viral sensation since its launch by the Financial Times.
Colin McCabe’s Endless Europe had its world premiere on the night, featuring Pat McCabe giving a uniquely dark and comedic exploration of Irish identity and Ireland’s often troubled history. The film was followed by a Q&A with director Christopher Roth, Colin McCabe and Pat McCabe.
Brian Henry Martin was our host for the evening and Peter Curran (BBC Radio 4) presided over the post screening discussions. There were audience questions and much fun and frolics afterwards as the audience and guests were treated to a Brexit Day Cabaret and Comedy in the bar.