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The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films, 1896-1996

Editor: Kevin Rockett

Documents as completely as possible all fiction films made in Ireland and about Ireland and the Irish produced world-wide since the beginning of cinema.

Publisher: Red Mountain Media Limited, 1996

Hardback – 757 pages!

Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema

Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema

by Patrick Brereton and Roderick Flynn.

In 1898, documentary footage of a yacht race was shot by Robert A. Mitchell, making him the first Irishman to shoot a film within Ireland. Despite early exposure to the filmmaking process, Ireland did not develop a regular film industry until the late 1910s when James Mark Sullivan established the Film Company of Ireland. Since that time, Ireland has played host to many famous films about the country – Man of Aran, The Quiet Man, The Crying Game, My Left Foot, and Bloody Sunday-as well as others not about the country – Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan. It has also produced great directors such as Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, as well as throngs of exceptional actors and actresses: Colin Farrell, Colm Meaney, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Maureen O’Hara, and Peter O’Toole. The Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema provides essential facts on the history of Irish cinema through a list of acronyms and abbreviation; a chronology; an introduction; a bibliography; and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the pioneers and current leaders in the industry, the actors, directors, distributors, exhibitors, schools, arts centers, the government bodies and some of the legislation they passed, and the films.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2007

Hardback – 432 pages!

Companion to British and Irish Cinema

The Companion to British and Irish Cinema

by John Caughie and Kevin Rockett.

A comprehensive A-Z guide to British and Irish films past and present, this book includes introductory essays, biographies of film-makers, actors, actresses and other personnel, significant films, schools of thought and movements, as well as detailed filmographies and lists of institutions, technical innovations, awards, critics and archives.

Published 1996.

Paperback – 248 pages.

Irish Nat Cinema

Irish National Cinema

by Ruth Barton

From the international successes of Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, to the smaller productions of the new generation of Irish filmmakers, this book explores questions of nationalism, gender identities, the representation of the Troubles and of Irish history as well as cinema’s response to the so-called Celtic Tiger and its aftermath.

Publisher: Routledge (2004).

Paperback – 224 pages.

Screening Ireland

Screening Ireland: Film and Television Representation

by Lance Pettitt

An examination of a century of screen representations of Ireland from a cultural studies perspective. Analyzing historical and contemporary examples from both film and television, the book offers a thematically-informed synthesis of the most influential research on Irish audio-visual culture. The opening chapters discuss the pertinent features of Irish history and analyze critical debates about Ireland’s cultural development in the 20th century, favouring and exploring post-colonial representations. Part Two opens with a concise history of television in Ireland, from its radio precedents to a consideration of its global satellite future and goes on to discuss chat shows and soaps, sitcoms and documentaries and dramas of the Troubles. There are key bullet-pointed header questions and relevant statistical data.

Publisher: Manchester University Press (2000).

Paperback – 288 pages.


Irish Television Drama: A Society and its Stories

By Helena Sheehan.

Published by Radio Telefis Eireann (1987).

ISBN 0 86029 011 5 p/b and ISBN 0 86029 012 3 h/b

470 pages

Follow up TV Book

The Continuing Story of Irish Television Drama: Tracking the tiger

By Helena Sheehan. Four Courts Press, Dublin (2004)

Dr Sheehan’s original study, Irish Television Drama, appeared in 1987. It traced 25 years (1962–87) of Irish society in a process of social transformation and the role of television drama in a struggle to define the nature of that process. This book is a sequel, advancing the story another 15 years (1987–2002). From Fair City to Family to Father Ted, it examines television drama in the time of the Celtic tiger, striving to come to terms with the flux of Irish life in an increasingly globalized world, in a time of significant changes in the climate of broadcasting.

ISBN: 1-85182-689-0

192 pages.


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