1916 documentary to air on BBC4 on Easter Monday

1916 documentary to air on BBC4 on Easter Monday

The Liam Neeson narrated documentary ‘1916 The Irish Rebellion’ will get its BBC debut on Easter Monday (28th March, 2016) at 10pm.

The film is an account of the Dublin Easter uprising of 1916 as seen through Irish eyes.

Using archival narratives of the participants, together with contributions from academics from the US, Ireland and Britain, the film puts the uprising into the context of hundreds of years of Anglo-Irish history, reveals the rebellion as its participants experienced it, and assesses its tragic cost in lives, both civilian and military, then, and in the decades that followed.

View the trailer here:

The documentary, which had its world premiere recently at the National Concert Hall in Dublin (and was simultaneously broadcast via satellite to a number of key international sites) is a RTÉ and Notre Dame University project, originated by Professor Briona Nic Dhiarmada, directed by Ruan Magan and Pat Collins and produced by Coco TV.

Marking part of their contribution towards the global ‘Ireland 2016’ commemorations and celebrations, Irish Film London screened the London arm of the film’s premiere live at BAFTA Piccadilly in collaboration with the Irish Embassy in London.

IFL screened the film a second time last week at the London Photographer’s Gallery alongside the Sean Sexton exhibition of photographs from the period. The event was attended by leading historians and academics from across London, and was accompanied by a Q&A with the film’s originator Briona Nic Dhiarmada.

IFL’s director Kelly O’Connor said “Screening this film here in the UK during this historic centenary period is a great honour. This is a very high quality production, with the finest archive footage, key interviews and a strong voice.

“The aim was for this project was to create something which would appeal to a wide audience. They have certainly achieved that. We feel that this film has the potential to go on to become a central educational tool for schools for years to come”.

Tune into BBC 4 on Monday evening (28th March) to see the film for yourself. www.bbc.co.uk

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