The Woman who Shot Mussolini followed by a Q&A with Film Director Barrie Dowdall
VIOLET GIBSON - A Documentary about the Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini - followed by Q&A with the director Barrie Dowdall
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pandemic, this event is being rescheduled to a later date. Please see this What’s On Page on January 4th.
Based on the Radio Documentary by Siobhán Lynam
Inspired by “The Woman Who Shot Mussolini” by Frances Stonor Saunders
In 1926, 49-year-old aristocrat Violet Gibson, formerly a debutante at the Court of Queen Victoria, pushed her way through an adoring crowd in Rome and shot Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at point blank range. She came the closest to success of the four assassination attempts on Mussolini, yet, she was written off as a lone “mad Irishwoman”, committed to a lunatic asylum, and effectively written out of history.