IFI Ireland on Sunday Interview: Sinéad O’Brien, director of Blood Fruit


This month’s Ireland on Sunday features Sinéad O’Brien‘s documentary Blood Fruit.

Earlier this year Adam McPartlan spoke to Sinéad at the Capital Irish Film Festival about her film, which tells the story of the Dunnes Stores strikers in 1980’s Dublin.

Mary Manning, a 21-year-old Dunnes Stores checkout girl, refused to sell two Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union in support of the anti-apartheid struggle. She and ten other supporters were suspended and a strike ensued. The 11 knew little about apartheid and assumed they’d be back to work before long but the arrival on the picket line of activist Nimrod Sejake changed everything, setting the strikers on a path they could never have expected.


Blood Fruit screens on Sunday, 5th July 2015 at 13.00 at the IFI as part of its Ireland on Sunday monthly showcase for new Irish film.

Strikers Mary Manning and Cathryn O’Reilly will take part in a post-screening Q&A.

Tickets for Blood Fruit are available now from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or online at www.ifi.ie



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