Irish cinema in the twenty-first century

By Ruth Barton

Irish cinema in the twenty-first century


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2444-9
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: March 2019
  • BIC Category: Film Studies, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Film theory & criticism, The arts / Film, TV & radio, Cinema Industry


An accessible, comprehensive overview of contemporary Irish cinema, this book is intended for use as a third-level textbook and is designed to appeal to academics in the areas of film studies and Irish studies. Responding to changes in the Irish production environment, it includes chapters on new Irish genres such as creative documentary, animation and horror. It discusses shifting representations of the countryside and the city, always with a strong concern for gender representations, and looks at how Irish historical events, from the Civil War to the Troubles, and the treatment of the traumatic narrative of clerical sexual abuse have been portrayed in recent films. It covers works by established auteurs such as Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, as well as new arrivals, including the Academy Award-winning Lenny Abrahamson.


Ruth Barton is Associate Professor in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of several books, including Irish National Cinema and critical biographies of the film star Hedy Lamarr and the silent director Rex Ingram. She appears regularly on radio as a film historian and critic.


1 How to make an Irish film
Short film Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty
2 Animating Ireland
Short film Foxes
3 Ireland of the horrors
Short film The Herd
4 Documenting Ireland
Short film Pentecost
5 Irish history and trauma
Short film The Shore
6 Filming Northern Ireland
Short film Six Shooter
7 Rural and small-town Ireland on screen
Short film New Boy
8 images of the city

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