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Irish Women in Cinema Festival
‘SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY’
Directed by Aisling Walsh
Tickets £8 or £30 for the festival
Ireland 1939. Franklin (Aidan Quinn), a newly appointed lay teacher at a Christian Brothers Reformatory School, is shocked to discover that the boys are being beaten and abused and that the school’s culture is one of brutality. The boys are subjected to a continuous regime of torture and degradation by cruel Brother John (Iain Glen). The horrors become so increasingly sadistic that Franklin is forced into taking action.
Film Director Aisling Walsh, who had previously directed the film ‘Sinners’ ( BBC1 / 2002) about Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, for this film she adapted and brought to the screen the true memoir of Patrick Galvin. The film gives a harrowing depiction of the crimes perpetrated upon the young innocent victims in Ireland’s industrial schools. It attained outstanding reviews and a whole host of awards. It won high praise at The Sundance Festival. Was winner of ‘Best Film’ at the Copenhagen International Film Festival. The impact of the film instigated discussion and debate at National level. Following the making of this film, Aisling became known for her “unflinching honest portrayals of Irish Catholic society”.
100 MINS, 2003, IRELAND-UK-DENMARK-SPAIN, 35MM Cert 15
The Screening will be followed by a Q&A with The Film Director Aisling Walsh
Song for a Raggy Boy is an excellent and troubling Story. It is a film of towering emotional impact, handled with great dignity and care by Walsh. – a stunningly chilling performance from Ian Glen – and the arrival of the decent lay preacher (Aidan Quinn). IRISH EXAMINER