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26th October, 2019
Irish Women in Cinema Festival
A PREMIERE SCREENING
of the remastered
Directed by Pat Murphy
A powerful drama about the life of the woman usually described as Robert Emmet’s housekeeper. The film Anne Devlin (Brid Brennan,) reflects another objective of the feminist movement; that of the retrieval of forgotten women’s voices from history. Here Anne Devlin is seen to be a young woman of true ideals, who recognises Emmet, (Bosco Hogan) for the impractical dreamer he is. Following her jailing by the British authorities, she falls into silence, refusing to inform on the rebels and, as her imprisonment stretches out, so her body too becomes a part of her resistance. The film is visually austere and painterly, with a pacing that matches it’s subject matter; one particularly striking image sees Anne Devlin in her cell cradling her dead brother’s head in her lap in a pietà-like composition. Internationally, the production cemented Pat Murphy’s reputation as one of Ireland’s leading feminist filmmakers of her day.
121 MINUTES, U.K.-IRELAND, 1984, COLOUR.
The screening will be followed by a ‘Q&A’ with Director Pat Murphy.
Special thanks to ‘Screen Ireland’ and to Se Merry Doyle (Loopline Films Ireland) for making the restoration and digitisation of the original 35mm print of ‘Anne Devlin’ possible and ready in time for this Premiere Screening in London.