The 58th Cork Film Festival (9 – 17 November)
Breaking Ground – The Story of the London Irish Women’s Centre
11th November, 19:00
Tickets € 9.00
The documentary, Breaking Ground – The Story of the London Irish Women’s Centre, will be screened alongside the short Muriel Matters in a double bill event at the 58th Cork Film Festival.
The film surrounds a group of inspirational Irish women living in London who formed the radical organisation in the 80’s. It will be screened along with the short film, Muriel Matters, that documents the influential Australian woman of the title who fought for women’s suffrage in the early 1900’s.
Michelle Deignan, the director of Breaking Ground, spoke to Film Ireland. ‘It’s very significant for Breaking Ground to be screened at Cork International Film Festival, the most established of the film festivals in Ireland. I have always regarded it as an innovative and eclectic festival that is very supportive of Irish film, particularly films that look at alternative subject matter. I am looking forward to seeing the two films in the same context, films that in very different ways look at the representation of women’s political history. It seems a very apt curatorial decision on the part of the festival programmers’.
Deignan’s documentary was made by and all-female crew and tracks the organisation over its 29 year history. The London Irish Women’s Centre was formed when against a backdrop of social and gender divisions and anti-Irish sentiments when Irish women made up 10% of London’s female population. The footage cuts never seen before archive material with interviews with the women that made it all happen.
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