50th Anniversary of Radharc Films celebrated at IFI

| November 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

It’s 50 years since the establishment of Radharc Films by Fr. Joe Dunn and the IFI is celebrating this Irish film landmark with a screening of The Radharc Squadand a special November programme of Archive at Lunchtime screenings.

IFI Curator Sunniva O’Flynn said ‘Radharc Films made over 400 films in 75 countries which were consistently insightful, and often radical works. The films explored social, political and religious issues and frequently gave voice to the marginalised and the oppressed. The IFI Irish Film Archive carefully preserves the original sound and film elements in custom-built vaults and we’re delighted to join with The Radharc Trust in re-presenting a selection of programmes from the collection in celebration of the 50th anniversary’.

This month’s Monthly Must-See, which is normally a key Irish film from the Archive, has been specially programmed with a new documentary The Radharc Squad on 28th Nov at 18.30. Made by Ruán Magan for Tyrone Productions, it tells the story of this group of Catholic Priests who produced such a wealth of ground-breaking and highly influential films between 1962 and 1996. Filming in warzones, riots and famines worldwide; they explored dark recesses of Irish life and subtly challenged the established orthodoxies of an Irish society attracting a steady stream of criticism from left and right for their efforts.

This revealing documentary includes a wealth of extracts from the Radharc archive; new interviews with contemporary commentators Diarmiad Ferriter, Mary McAleese and Jim Sheridan alongside figures such as Fr Dermod McCarthy and Peter Kelly who were involved in this most innovative Irish independent film company.

The anniversary celebrations continue throughout November with free Archive at Lunchtime screenings featuring four alternating programmes of Radharc films. They include three films from the 1960s; Turkana covering the work of Irish medical Missionaries of Mary during the famine in Kenya; Honesty at the Fair, a wry look at farmers and their trading practises at a busy country fair, and Down and Out in Dublin,a revealing examination of the plight of the homeless on Dublin’s city streets.The Travellers of Murphy Village from 1995 completes the programme, meeting a community of Irish Travellers settled in South Carolina.

 

The Radharc Squad is screened on 28th Nov at 18.30. Tickets are available now from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or www.ifi.ie.

 

The four free Archive at Lunchtime programmes alternate on Monday and Wednesday, with a double bill each Saturday (check www.ifi.ie for times and dates). Free tickets can be reserved at the IFI Box Office.

For more media information, interview requests and images please contact the IFI Press office on 01 679 5477 or pstewart@irishfilm.ie.

The IFI acknowledges the support of the Arts Council.

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