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Ireland - Behind The Wire

Berwick Street Film Collective


Synopsis

Unlike their counterparts in mainstream TV news, the investigative Berwick Street Film Collective were given exclusive access to Belfast's Catholic community. The testimonies and footage of life 'behind the wire' that they captured amounts to a grim but arresting picture of Northern Ireland at the height of The Troubles. Ireland - Behind the Wire is a now regarded as a landmark of the 1970s oppositional cinema movement. As well as using film to convey alternative viewpoints to those aired via established news channels, the Collective embraced formal experiment, perhaps influenced by the work of Jean Luc Godard and Chris Marker. The film signalled the beginning of what is often called the reflexive tradition in documentary film in the UK. It may seem surprising that the BFI Experimental Fund committed state funds to a film that so outspokenly opposed government policies and practices. One of the Collective's founding members, Marc Karlin, later revealed that the Special Branch seized some of their original footage and the Ministry of Defence pressurised ACTT, the film technicians' union, into erasing some of the frames.' (Sourced from http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-ireland-behind-the-wire-1974/ on August 29th 2016)


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Title

Ireland - Behind The Wire

Year

1974

Form

Feature

Genre

documentary, activist, reflexive

Key phrases

social conflict - northern ireland, bloody sunday, derry, northern ireland, 1972

Language

English

Duration

01:50:00

Original formats

to be confirmed

Aspect ratio

to be confirmed

Colour

Black & White

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council and Visual Artists Ireland.
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