Film still from <em>Rocky Road to Dublin</em>

Film still from Rocky Road to Dublin

Rocky Road to Dublin

  • Thu 17 Mar 2016
  • 6—7:10PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General $12
  • Concession $10 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Bookings essential
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rating: Exempt

St Patrick's Day screening - A provocative and revealing portrait of Ireland in the 1960s

Unofficially banned for more than 30 years – Rocky Road to Dublin is a 1967 documentary examining the contemporary state of the Republic of Ireland.

Decades before Michael Moore, Irish-born journalist Peter Lennon and French cinematographer Raoul Coutard managed to get a society to condemn itself on camera.

Ireland’s patriotic sportsmen, priests, censors and ‘brain-washed’ children unwittingly convey the truth about a repressed, suppressed and massively censored Republic. 

This film exposes the hypocrisy of church, politics and state through a series of seemingly innocent interviews.

Although the stereotypical image of Ireland as a cultural backwater seems to bear little relation to the country's reputation today, a culturally vibrant and economically vigorous "Celtic Tiger," it is in such moments that Rocky Road to Dublin, as a historical film, illustrates not only how far Ireland has come but also how little it has changed. – Icarus Films

Ireland I 1967 I B&W I 69 min. I Dir. Peter Lennon

This St Patrick's Day screening will be introduced by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Director Simon Rees


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