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Joe Shrimpton

Centre No – 37203
Candidate No – 3216

Celtic Cinema-Northern Ireland


1. List at least 10 (preferably more!) films set in this nation
• Mickybo and Me (2005)
• The Mighty Celt (2004)
• The Most Fertile Man in Ireland (1999)
• Nothing Personal (1995)
• Odd Man Out (1947)
• Battle of the Bone (2008)
• Bloody Sunday (2002)
• The Boxer (1997)
• Cal (1984)
• Cherry bomb (2009)
• Omagh (2004)
• The Outsider (1979)
• Resurrection Man (1998)
• Some Mother's Son (1996)
• This Is the Sea (1997)
• Titanic Town (1998)
2. Which film stars Brad Pitt as an IRA member, with Harrison Ford
on his tail?

• The Devil's Own 1997


• Director -Alan J. Pakula
• It was released on the 20th June 1997 in the UK

3. List, with some brief detail, any notable actors from this nation

• Brian Donlevy (February 9, 1901 — April 5, 1972)


• Noted for playing tough guys from the 1930s to the 1960s.

• James Nesbitt (born 15 January 1965)

• Stephen Rea (born 31 October 1946)


Joe Shrimpton
Centre No – 37203
Candidate No – 3216

• Nominated for an Academy Award for his lead performance as Fergus in the 1992
film The Crying Game.

• Liam John Neeson, (born 7 June 1952)


• He is well known for Qui-Gin Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

• Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960)


• Branagh played Iago in the 1995 film version of Othello.

4. List, with some brief detail, any notable directors from this
nation

• Brendan Foley is an Irish director.


• In 2006/7 Foley wrote and directed Legend of the bog, a satirical horror film set in
rural Ireland, starring Vinnie Jones, Jason Barry (Titanic) and Nora Jane Noone
Descent).

• Terry George (born December 20, 1952) is an Irish director.


Joe Shrimpton
Centre No – 37203
Candidate No – 3216

• Much of his film work (e.g. The Boxer, Some Mother's Son, and In the Name of
the Father) involves the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

• Seamus McGarvey, born 29 June 1967.


• He directed over 100 music videos.

• Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960)


• Notable non-Shakespeare films that Branagh has appeared in include Dead Again
(1991).

• David Jeremy Nicholas Appleton (born 1969 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) film
director.
• He would later win the HBO Comedy award in Colorado for best director.

5. Find and list at least 5 useful resources on the cinema of this


nation

• http://www.britannica.com/bps/additionalcontent/18/26797743/Ci
nema-and-Northern-Ireland-Film-Culture-and-Politics - This looks
at Northern Irish cinema and the history of its film, culture and
politics.

• http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cinema-Northern-Ireland-Culture-
Politics/dp/1844571343 - This is a book which again looks at film,
culture and politics.
Joe Shrimpton
Centre No – 37203
Candidate No – 3216

• http://www.filmreference.com/encyclopedia/Independent-Film-
Road-Movies/Ireland-INDIGENOUS-CINEMA-ANDNATIONAL-
IDENTITY.html - This is a very good link as it provides a detailed
analysis of Irish cinema and how it is on going by development.

• http://www.reelireland.ie/history.pdf - This is a very detailed


summary of the history of Irish cinema.

• http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4365875.stm - This is
an article about how Irish cinema is going to go digital.

6. From what you've read/viewed, bullet point key themes/topics


explored in the films of this nation, and briefly discuss how
similar or different these are to 'mainstream' British cinema

• Northern Ireland produces many of the films which relate to


fictional effects on the nation.
• Many of the films contain things to do with the IRA and
bombing etc.
• They are similar to the mainstream of British cinema because
they are low budget productions.
• They are different to the mainstream of British cinema
because they produce films by looking at social and working
class.
• Northern Ireland is mainly different in the way that they show
different social aspects such as the way people live and there
accents.
• The different types of settings are quite similar as they look at
the general UK stereotype which is the countryside life style,
away from the urban environment.
• British films don’t really have big stars in them however
looking at the big productions they do such as ‘Bridget Jones
Diary’, this is not the case for Northern Ireland as big stars are
not from this part of the world.
• The accents from Northern Ireland as well as the setting etc,
makes it very hard for them to try break into the US audience
which is were you can hit the big time!
• Many of Northern Ireland productions contain the actors or
actresses which are not so well known, however most of there
actors or actresses are in famous TV shows such as James
Nesbitt.
• Overall Northern Irish cinema doesn’t reflect a high budget
purpose; however they are now catching up to the digital
technology aspects.