This illustrated presentation by IndieCork Co-Director Mick Hannigan, will look at some notable Irish short films casting a cynical or satirical eye on The Rising and its aftermath.
There have, understandably (and correctly) been many film projects marking the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising - the Irish Film Board’s AFTER 16 project for example. This latter intended to “commemorate, celebrate and ruminate on 1916 and how the events of Easter Sunday and beyond forged the landscape of the century that followed”.
However there have also been, over the years, films that take a more jaundiced view of the 1916 Rising and of the outcome of its utopian aspirations.
The question mark in the title of George Morrison’s Civil War sequel to Mise Eire, Saoirse? (Freedom?) is telling.
James Finlan’s Eireville (a very clever pastiche of Godard’s dystopian Alphaville), Kevin Liddy’s Horse (replete with references to the foundation of the State) and Liam O’ Laoghaire’s starkly propagandistic Our Country will be examined as well as more satirical films like Andrew Legge’s biting A Kingdom Once Again.