Fairfield University’s “The Irish in Film” series celebrates 10th Anniversary with five diverse and dynamic screenings, Sept. 27- Oct. 25.
The Irish in Film Series attempts to explore all aspects of Ireland’s cultural traditions, diversity, and turbulent political past...
— Professor Marion White, co-director of Fairfield University's Irish studies program
Ruthless gangsters, mythical selkies and mile-high monsters are just a few of colorful characters that will be brought to the big screen for Fairfield University’s fall presentation of “The Irish in Film,” a free movie series sponsored by the Irish Studies Program. The series is part of the University’s “Arts & Minds” season of cultural and intellectual programs and kicks-off its tenth anniversary season on Wednesday, September 27, with the first of five dynamic and diverse films.
Each screening is free and open to the public and will be presented in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library multimedia room on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and each film will be introduced by a member of the Irish Studies faculty, who will field questions from the audience following the screenings.
“For such a small country, Ireland has produced a tremendous amount of great films, directors, and actors,” said English professor Marion White, who co-directs the University’s Irish Studies Program alongside Dr. William Abbott, professor of History. “The Irish in Film Series attempts to explore all aspects of Ireland’s cultural traditions, diversity, and turbulent political past by presenting a wide variety of films that illustrate the country’s unique history.”
The series begins on September 27 with the Oscar-nominated animated film “Song of the Sea”(2014), an enchanting story based on Irish folklore that follows Ben and his little sister Saoirse — the last of the selkies (or seal people) — as they embark on a fantastic journey into the Celtic spirit world. On October 4, the series takes a more dramatic turn with the presentation of Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” (2015), an American crime drama based on the true story of James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp), a ruthless south Boston gangster who becomes an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
The series continues on October 11 with “A Monster Calls”(2016), a magical fable that stars Conor O’Malley as a 13-year-old boy whose life takes a turn after his mother (Felicity Jones) becomes fatally ill, and he conjures up a 40-foot-high monster (Liam Neeson) to guide him on a journey of courage, faith, and truth to help cope with his grief.
The series concludes in late October with two films based on actual events that bring new life to Ireland’s rich history. On October 18, famed director Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall” (2015) tells the story of Irish communist and community activist Jimmy Gralton, who returns from New York after a ten-year exile to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation. Then, on October 25, the University will premier “After’16” (2016), a short film collection commissioned by The Irish Film Board to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. The collection consists of nine short films by various Irish filmmakers in a mixed format of live action, animation, and documentary that date from the eve of the Rising to the Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland. The film’s presentation is made possible by the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, Ireland.
For more information on “The Irish in Film” series, contact professor Marion White at firstname.lastname@example.org.