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Books On Irish Film


Cinema and Northern Ireland: Film, Culture and Politics
John Hill
BFI Publishing
John Hill's groundbreaking study is the first book to focus solely on the cinema from and about Northern Ireland. Hill's comprehensive account, based on detailed archival research, traces the history of film production in Northern Ireland from the beginnings of a local film industry in the 1920s and 1930s, when the first Northern Irish 'quota quickies' were made, through the propaganda films of the 1940s and 1950s and on to the cinema of the 'troubles'.

Directors in British and Irish Cinema: A Reference Companion
Robert Murphy
BFI Publishing
The book is packed with fascinating facts, critical summaries and invaluable contextualising details. It will be an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in film-making in Britain and Ireland.

Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema
Roderick Flynn and Pat Brereton
Scarecrow Press Inc.
The Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema provides essential facts on the history of Irish cinema through a list of acronyms and abbreviation; a chronology; an introduction; a bibliography; and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the pioneers and current leaders in the industry, the actors, directors, distributors, exhibitors, schools, arts centers, the government bodies and some of the legislation they passed, and the films.

The Continuing Story of Irish Television Drama: Tracking the Tiger
Helena Sheehan
Four Courts Press
Dr Helena Sheehan's original study, Irish television drama, appeared in 1987. It traced 25 years (1962-87) of Irish society in a process of social transformation and the role of television drama in a struggle to define the nature of that process. This book is a sequel, advancing the story another 15 years (1987-2002).

Media in Ireland: Issues In Broadcasting
Damien Kiberd editor
Four Courts Press
The third volume in the Cleraun Media Conference series includes some of Ireland's leading journalists and broadcasters including; Adrian Moynes (RTÉ),
Ursula Halligan (TV3) and George Lee (RTÉ).

Irish film censorship: a cultural journey from silent cinema to internet pornography
Kevin Rockett
Four Courts Press
As a survey of film censorship, Kevin Rockett's new book (years in the making) is unlikely ever to be surpassed. He has scrutinized unpublished Censors' reports on more than 1,500 representative films, providing not only a history of the censorship but an insight into Ireland's national psyche, and the risks inherent in any censorship system.
National Cinema and beyond: Studies in Irish film 1
Kevin Rockett & John Hill Editors
Four Courts Press
This book comprises papers from the inaugural conference of the Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar which was held in Trinity College, April 2003. The purpose of the annual seminar is to provide an environment for postgraduate researchers in film to come together to exchange ideas and discuss methodological issues.

Irish National Cinema
Ruth Barton
(London: Routledge 2004)
In Barton's discussion of contemporary Irish filmmaking, she reflects on questions of nationalism, gender, and the representation of the Troubles and of Irish history, as well as cinema's response to the legacy of the 'Celtic Tiger'.

Yoram Allon, Del Cullen and Hannah Patterson,
Introduction by Mike Hodges
Wallflower Press
Encompassing the careers of over 300 directors who have worked within the British and Irish film industries over the last twenty years, this volume covers stalwarts such as David Lean, Richard Attenborough and Neil Jordan.
Ten Years After; The Irish Film Board 1993-2003
Kevin Rockett
The Irish Film Board - 2003
Since its re-establishment in 1993, the Irish Film Board has been at the forefront of all aspects of Irish film, including script development, training, marketing and investing in one hundred feature films and television series, and nearly three hundred short dramas, documentaries and animation films. This book documents and celebrates the Film Board supported films made during the decade 1993-2003.

Neil Jordan: Exploring Boundaries
Emer Rockett and Kevin Rockett
The Liffey Press - 2003
A comprehensive analysis of the films and writing of Neil Jordan. Part of the Contemporary Irish Writers and Filmmakers Series.

Keeping It Real - Irish Film and Television
Edited by Ruth Barton and Harvey O'Brien
Wallflower Press - 2004
This timely collection of essays considers the nature and direction of Irish film and television, and also explores the contributions of other media including radio and the internet to contemporary Irish culture.
Facts About Ireland
Department of Foreign Affairs - 2001
History of Cinema
Eire-Ireland: A Journal of Irish Studies

Irish American Cultural Institute - 2002

Broadcasting in Irish: Minority Language, Radio, Television and Identity
Dr. Iarfhlaith Watson
The Four Courts Press - 2003
Iarfhlaith Watson explores the role of Irish broadcasting in sustaining and promoting the Irish language and a sense of national identity.

Jim Sheridan: Framing the Nation
Ruth Barton
The Liffey Press - 2003
A critical analysis of the films of Jim Sheridan. Part of the Contemporary Irish Writers and Filmmakers Series.
The Irish Filmography
Kevin Rockett
Dublin: Red Mountain Press, 1996
A comprehensive and detailed filmography of Irish films and films depicting Ireland and the Irish from 1896 to 1996. Films from thirteen countries are listed in chronological sequence with complete crew and cast lists, narrative synopses, reviews and critical assessments.

Still Irish: A Century of the Irish in Film
Kevin Rockett and Eugene Finn
Dublin: Red Mountain Press, 1995
A large collection of black and white stills from Irish cinema and cinema about Ireland, from the beginning to 1995. With accompanying text by Kevin Rockett.

Confessions of a Sewer Rat
by Ciaran Carty
Dublin: New Island Books, 1995
A personal account of the worst years of Irish film censorship - the policy, the philosophy and the results. Illustrated.

Irish Cinema: An Illustrated History
Brian McIlroy
Dublin: Anna Livia Press, 1988
Covers the history of cinema in Ireland from the late 1800's, to 1987. With a wide selection of stills as well as filmographics and an extensive bibliography.

Cinema and Ireland
Kevin Rocket, John Hill, Luke Gibbons
Dublin, Routledge, 1987
This the first comprehensive study of film production in Ireland and "Irishness" in native, British and American films. Contributions from Kevin Rockett - "History Politics and Irish Cinema", John Hill - "Images of Violence", Luke Gibbons - "Romanticism, Realism and Irish Cinema".

Border Crossing: Film in Ireland, Britain and Europe
Eds Hainswroth, Hill and McLoone
Belfast: BFI/IIS, 1994
A collection of essays discussing the economic and cultural significance of Europe for British and Irish film-makers. Film, cultural identities and the new Europe.

The Cinema and Ireland
Anthony Slide
London: McFarland, 1988
A history of the subject, under the categories "Native Irish Film Production", "The American FIlm Producer In Ireland", "Irish Literature and The Cinema", "The Irishman in Hollywood" and "The Irish Image On American Screens". With bibliography.

Censorship in Ireland
Donal O Drisceoil
Cork, Cork University Press, 1996
The first major account and analysis of Emergency censorship in place during the Second World War. Draws largely on primary source material recently released into the public domain.

Field Day Essays 2: Transformations in Irish Culture
Luke Gibbons
Cork, Cork University Press, 1996
An essay exploring cultural representations and how they may constitute and transform social experience as well as reflecting it. Argues for a rethinking of key concepts of traditiona dn modernity, race, gender and class as they inform understanding of contemporary Ireland.

Fading Lights Silver Screens: A History of Belfast Cinemas
Michael Open
Antrim, Greystone Books, 1985
An affectionate history of Belfast cinemas from the turn of the centruy to years since 1956. All 55 Belfast cinemas known to have existed at one time or another is examined. With illustrations and black and white photographs.

Screening Ireland : Film and Television
Lance Pettitt
Manchester University Press/New York St Martin's Press 2000
Screening Ireland examines a century of screen representations of Ireland from a cultural studies perspective. Skilfully exploring historical and contemporary examples - from Irish Destiny to Father Ted - this book provides an innovative, theoretically informed analysis of both film and television that is comprehensively researched and clearly written.

Irish Film: The Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema
Martin McLoone
British Film Institute

Women in Northern Ireland:Cultural Studies and Material Conditions
Megan Sullivan
University Press of Florida, Septermber 1999
Hardback $49.94, 193 Pages
ISBN 0813016983

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