12th Annual “Irish in Film” Series at Fairfield University

12th Annual “Irish in Film” Series at Fairfield University

The free movie series sponsored by the Irish Studies Program at Fairfield University kicks-off its twelfth season on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 with the first of four dynamic and diverse Irish films.

Media Contact: Susan Cipollaro, scipollaro@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 x2726

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 19, 2019) — “The Irish in Film,” a free movie series sponsored by the Irish Studies Program at Fairfield University, kicks-off its twelfth season on Wednesday, October 9, 2019,with the first of four dynamic and diverse Irish films. The series is part of Fairfield University’s “Arts & Minds” season of cultural and intellectual programs and is open to the public.

Each film will be screened in the Multimedia Room of the University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., and will be introduced by a member of the Irish Studies faculty, who will field questions from the audience after the screenings.

The series begins on October 9, with “Brooklyn,” the 2016 Academy Award-nominated film for “Best Picture” based on Colm Toibin’s best-selling novel. Directed by Jack Crowley, the film features Saoirse Roan as Eilis Lacey, a young, intelligent immigrant who makes a new life for herself in 1950s Brooklyn with the help of an Irish-American priest from home (Jim Broadbent). The film addresses both the gains and losses of women’s emigration in post-World War II America and will be introduced by Nels Pearson, PhD, professor of English and director of the Humanities Institute.  

The series continues on October 16 with Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s 2017 documentary, “No Stone Unturned.” The film investigates the 1994 Loughinisland massacre, an unsolved case in which masked members of an anti-IRA loyalist paramilitary group murdered six Catholic civilians in a Northern Ireland pub during a World Cup soccer game. The film’s presentation is made possible by the Irish Film Institute, Dublin, Ireland, and will be introduced by Kevin Cassidy, PhD, professor of politics who teaches a course on Northern Ireland and is publishing a book on the subject later this year. 

On October 23, the series will feature “Greta,” Irish director Neil Jordan’s 2018 psychological thriller starring Chole Grace Moretz as Francine, a naïve college graduate who findsa handbag on the subway and returns it to its owner, an eccentric French piano teacher named Greta. Having recently lost her mother, Frances strikes up a seemingly harmless friendship with the lonely widow, but when Greta's behavior becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive, Frances does whatever it takes to end the toxic relationship.Despite its scary moments, the film can be seen as an adult fairy tale with Greta as the wicked witch and Frances, the innocent orphan who walks into a trap. English professor, Robert Epstein, PhD, who teaches “Myths and Legends of Ireland and Britain” will introduce the film and lead the Q&A.

The series concludes on October 30 with “Black 47” (2018), a historical drama set in Ireland during the Great Famine. Directed by Lance Daly and produced with the help of the Irish Film Board, the film stars James Frecheville as Feeney, an Irish mercenary fighting for the British army, who abandons his post to seek revenge on those responsible for the death of his family.Professor of History and Irish Studies Co-Director William Abbott, PhD will introduce the film. 

For more information on “The Irish in Film” series, contact professor and co-director of Irish Studies, Marion White at 203-254-4000, ext. 2800 or mwhite@fairfield.edu.    

Posted On: September 19, 2019

Volume: 52 Number: 18

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