Monday 3rd February 2020, 7.30pm
Nottingham Irish Centre, 2-4 Wilford St, Nottingham NG2 1AA
Michael Collins (Neil Jordan 1996)
The Irish writer and filmmaker Neil Jordan tells the story of Ireland’s struggle for independence from 1916 to 1922 through the eyes of the republican leader Michael Collins. The film opens on the last day of the Easter Rising, in which Collins played a minor role, through his emergence as the formidable leader of a guerrilla army which eventually forced the British government to negotiations and resulted in the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Although Collins claimed the Treaty gave ‘Ireland the freedom to achieve freedom’, it split the republican forces and the country descended into civil war.
Although the film was criticised for fictionalising parts of the historical narrative, Michael Collins is a powerful and emotional experience that presents the complex history of this period in an accessible and exciting movie.
The film will be introduced by Dr Patrick Murphy and the screening will be followed by a discussion.
“This is Jordan’s most ambitious and satisfying movie, a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import. With the exception of [Alan] Rickman’s awesomely mannered De Valéra, the performances are top notch (even [Julia] Roberts makes a decent stab at the romantic interest, incarnating the ideological fall-out between Collins and [Harry] Boland), while Chris Menges’ camerawork and Anthony Pratt’s designs perfectly evoke a country falling apart with no one, it seems, able to halt the tragedy.” Time Out
Free screening. Bar available.
Free parking at back of Irish Centre.
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