Ciné Gael Montréal Irish Film Series 1993
In 1992, the Cultural Committee of the St. Patrick's Society of Montréal
received a proposal from film-buff Anthony Kirby that Montréal needed an Irish film series. The committee
agreed to fund the wildly hysterical plans of Lynn Doyle, Patrick Vallely
and several other miscreants, to form and run a film society devoted to showing Irish Films.
The name Ciné Gael Montréal was proposed and scheduling and film selection started,
with outside assistance coming from Fr. Marc Gervais SJ, Peter Rist,
Ben Queenan and most importantly, the film archives and screening facilities
at Concordia University. Early in 1993, we screened our first film.
On our 20th anniversary, when we asked our members to tell us
the film from our past seasons that we should show again, it was that first film.
Read more about our history here,
written by Dana Hearne on our 15th anniversary, as well as John Griffin's
article from the Gazette,
written on our 20th anniversary in January 2012.
This is our film schedule flyer for 1993,
:: Opening night & Reception
(1991) 118mins Dir: Alan Parker
with Robert Arkins, Andrew Strong, Johnny Murphy,
Angelina Ball. Scenario: Dick Clement. Ian LaFrenais and Roddy Doyle.
Cinematography: Gale Tattersail.
A street-smart musical comedy with a generous dollop
of Roddy Doyle’s gamy Dublin argot. Brilliant!
Patrick Valleley introduced the film.
The Luck Of Ginger Coffey
(1964) 100mins Dir: Irvin Kershner
with Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Liam Redmond. Scenario: Brian Moore.
Montréal looks bleak to an Irish immigrant, played by Robert Shaw
who has an attitude problem and finds it difficult to keep a job or a family. One of Shaw’s
very best screen performances.
Kevin Tierney introduced the film.
:: Lecture: “Irish Cinema and The Quiet Man”
— Prof. James MacKillop at 6:00 PM, ...followed by:
The Quiet Man
(1952) 129mins Dir: John Ford
with John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond.
"An Irish version of “The Taming of the Shrew”. “John Ford’s
art and artifice...are employed to reveal a way of life - stable, rooted, honourable,
purposeful in nature’s way, and thereby rhythmic. Everyone is an individual, yet
everyone and everything has a place.” — Henry Hart
Hear My Song
(1991) 104mins Dir: Peter Chelsom
with Adrian Dunbar, Tara Fitzgerald, Ned Beatty, David McCallum, Brian Flanagan, Shirley Anne Field.
A film about a fugitive music-hall performer,
, that succeeds in hitting all the high notes.
“It helps restore some of your faith in young,
untested directors with mostly young, mostly untested casts.” —
Introduced by Michael Callahan, without his fiddle!
Eat The Peach
(1986) 90mins Dir: Peter Ormond
with Stephen Brennan, Eamon Morrissey, Nial Toibin, Joe Lynch.
Eat The Peach
is a wryly amusing tale
about two unemployed men who build a Wall of Death in the backyard of one of
their homes in the middle of a flat—landscaped peat bog.
It’s a comedy that touches on some sensitive Irish issues: unemployment,
the withdrawal of foreign investment, the uneasy attitude in the South towards
“the troubles” in the North. Unemployment!
(1990) 88mins Dir: Thaddeus O’Sullivan
with Saskia Reeves, Donal McCann, Ciaran Hinds.
The story of a woman and her relationship with two brothers. It is both
an unconventional love story and a study of a long trial of strength between
an independent woman and the unbending Protestant community in which she lives.
Lovingly shot by French cinematographer Bruno de Keyzer
Read more about the movie here.
:: two short films
Clash Of The Ash
(1987) 53mins Dir: Fergus Tighe
with Liam Heffernan, Vincent Murphy, Gina Moxley, Alan Devlin.
Centers on the trials and tribulations of a high school student who,
although a good hurler on the local team, has much to combat in depressed Ireland.
...and, a second short:
In Uncle Robert’s Footsteps
24 mins Dir: Myles Connell
starring Patrick Fitzgerald and Nye Heron.
It’s a long way to America from Ireland and the truth can get stretched
in between. When a young man comes to work in his uncle’s business, he discovers that his uncle
is not the man he thought he was.
“Best Black & White Short” Award - Cork Film Festival, 1992.
(1991) 114mins Dir: Gillies MacKinnon
with Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn, Robin Wright, Milo O’Shea.
“In this romantic feminist fairy tale a young heroine is content
to raise her baby without male assistance of any kind. The film ends with a very upbeat message
about the potential for women’s independence...On the flip side of all the elation,
however, is a very palpable sadness, left by the sublime character work of Albert Finney.” —
"This absorbing, uneven romantic comedy-drama,
set in a small Irish town in 1957, takes its name from a travelling troupe.
The heroine is an unwed mother named Tara (Robin Wright). She challenges every male
authority figure in town and drives all the men wild—especially the violent,
alcoholic constable, Sergeant Hegarty (Albert Finney), who seethes when he sees her
with her actor lover Tom (Aidan Quinn).
The screenwriters, Shane Connaughton
(who co-wrote My Left Foot) and Kerry Crabbe, are full of ideas and observations
about orthodox religion, claustrophobic village mores, the craziness of life
in a divided country, and the last gasp of strolling players before TV’s ascendancy.
Wright and Quinn are well matched, and the director, Gillies MacKinnon,
and his cinematographer, Jack Conroy, provide images that sparkle with amorous
possibilities. But the filmmakers don’t funnel their panoply of themes gracefully
into Tara’s story. Her affair with Tom comes off as a foil to Finney’s passionate
portrait of stewed wrath and despair. He endows a clenched, masochistic character
with such scale and force that he takes over the movie." -
by Michael Sragow
:: Gala Closing
(1990) 80mins Dir: Margo Harkin
with Emer McCourt, Mlchael Liebman, Cathy Casey, Julie Marie Reynolds, Sinéad O’Connor.
The film is set in Derry in 1984 and stars Emer McCourt who won Bronze Leopard
for Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland for her portrayal
of a young woman who becomes pregnant and wrestles with the pressures of the
situation. When her boyfriend is “lifted” in a British Army swoop, she feels
totally alone and unable to tell anyone. This film depicts life as it is for
young women in Ireland in the year after the abortion referendum.
Sinéad O’Connor composed the score of the film and
appears in a supporting role.
received the Ecumenical Award at Locarno. Margo Harkin won Best Director at the
Orleans Festival and the film won Best Drama Award at the Celtic Film Festival.
Read more here
Dana Hearne, raised in Dublin, and teaching at John Abbott, introduced the film.