This week’s film from The Loopline Collection is ‘Essie’s Last Stand’. It’s Dublin, 1999, and 76 year old Essie Keeling, her dog Georgie and her neighbour Karl Byrne are fighting eviction by property developers.
This timely, inspiring story of determination and resistance offers a crucial lens through which to view the beginnings of Dublin’s housing crisis. Despite her age and ill health, the lovable Essie is a force to be reckoned with. She refuses an offer of one thousand pounds from a speculator when asked to make way for the demolition and redevelopment of her home into luxury apartments. Gathering a mass of supporters, including Richard Boyd Barrett and Nell McCafferty, Essie and Karl make a stand that captures the public’s imagination and wins the heart of the audience.
Watch the film here
Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.