Irish Women in Cinema Festival
Dir. Margo Harkin
Goretti, Majella, Sinead and Dinky are happy go lucky 15 year old school friends living in the catholic ghettos of the Bogside and Creggan estates in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1984. When Goretti meets Ciaran at an Irish language class a romance begins. But the local political climate is dominated by the `Supergrass’ (informer) trials and when Ciaran is suddenly arrested Goretti discovers that her troubles have just started. The film explores Irish attitudes to sexuality at a time when religion was an important foundation of social behaviour in Ireland. Lead actress Emer McCourt won several international awards for her performance as Goretti. The film features the acting debut of the young Sinéad O’Connor who also wrote the musical score.
Producer Tom Collins: The Derry Film and Video Collective 80 MINS, 1989, UK-IRELAND
The screening will be followed by a ‘Q&A’ with Director Margo Harkin.
“The film achieves its emotional force with deceptive simplicity. But it clearly knows
what it’s talking about.” Derek Malcolm, The Guardian 1990
“…impressive achievement” Sean French, Observer 1990
“The film not only flouts the conventions and stereotypes of `Troubles drama’ but also
triumphs over the simple mindedness of the rites of passage movie.” New Musical
“The acme of low budget film making” Time Out 1990
Ecumenical Prize & Best Actress, Locarno Film Festival 1990, Best Drama, 11 th International Celtic
Film Festival 1990, Best Film Orleans Films Festival 1990, Official Irish entry Young European Film
of the Year Felix Awards 1990, Best Film Films de Femme, Creteil 1991, Best Actress Premiers Plans
Film Festival Paris 1991, Best Actress Pescara Film Festival