Michael Collins Cert. 15 Picture house at FACT

  • Running time132 minutes

Cinema is an art form particularly suited to the exploration and representation of revolutions and revolutionaries. This short series presented and introduced by Dr Gerry Smyth, Reader in Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, offers three compelling examples culled from modern Irish history.

The possibility of a film about one of Ireland’s most mythologised revolutionary figures had been kicking around Hollywood for a number of years before Jordan got the green light to write and direct it. Clearly from the ‘Irish’ wing of his bifurcated oeuvre, the film demonstrates little of the writer-director’s usual concerns with neo-gothic or queer subjects. Jordan exploited the biggest budget of his career to date, as well as the iconographical power of A-Lister Liam Neeson, to create a variation on the classic Hollywood biopic. Made and released in the wake of the first IRA ceasefire of 1994, Michael Collins offers an image of the Irish revolutionary hero answerable to the needs of the contemporary moment.

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