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Maynooth Film for All: 'Rocky Road to Dublin' (1968)

Rocky Road to Dublin



To coincide with the Bealtaine Festival, Maynooth Film for All: Film Club is screening Peter Lennon's legendary 'Rocky Road to Dublin' (1968) on Wednesday 12th May at 7.30 pm in the John Hume Lecture Theatre 2 at NUI Maynooth. Sunniva O'Flynn IFI, Temple Bar will introduce the film and Admission is Free! http://bealtaine.com/

Peter Lennon a Paris based ‘Guardian’ journalist in the 1960s, was covering the Dublin Theatre Festival when he began to question his friends’ claims that issues such as the role of the Catholic Church and state censorship were no longer relevant in modern Irish society.

Through a series of 'innocent' interviews, a cross-section of the population confess the sins of the State as they talk about their everyday lives under the influence of 'self-determination', government policy and the Church.

Invited to the Cannes Film Festival in May 1968 - the year the festival collapsed because of student unrest, Rocky Road was taken on by student radicals where it toured the Sorbonne faculties and spread across Universities in France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.

Unable to handle the film's revolutionary content, the film was never shown in Ireland. Until, in 2004, the Irish Film Board funded its restoration and a new film 'The Making of Rocky Road', directed by Paul Duane, Soda Pictures was also produced.

Interviewees include Sean O Faolain, Conor Cruise O'Brien, John Huston, Douglas Gageby, Jim FitzGerald, Fr Michael Cleary, Liam O Briain and Phyllis Hamilton.

Please contact Brenda Tel: 045 448328, Email: bbrady@kildarecoco.ie Web: http://www.kildare.ie/film  with any further queries

Maynooth Film for All: Film Club is supported by Kildare County Council Library & Arts Service and The School of English, Media and Theatre Studies NUIM.

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