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Ireland Behind the Wire (15) + Introduction by Humphry Trevelyan

Stewart Home’s Occasional Barbican Film Club

A group of men carry another injured man along the street in Ireland Behind the Wire

Join artist, filmmaker, writer, activist and pamphleteer, Stewart Home for the first of an occasional film club inspired by the names of Barbican Estate buildings.

This instalment is inspired by Cromwell Tower and will see a rare screening of the Berwick Street Film Collective’s Ireland Behind The Wire (1974), a radical work that captures Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.

‘I love brutalist architecture, but when I see the landmark Barbican residential towers it’s Cromwell that immediately draws my attention and ire and brings to mind my own family history,’ says Home. ‘My great-grandfather was placed into forced exile from his home city of Cork by the British at the end of the 19th century. This film takes its title from a 1972 song about internment and there’s a rousing a cappella version of it during the documentary. Ireland Behind The Wire is an important and under-screened film that exposes the brutal reality of British colonialism.’


UK 1974 Dir Richard Mordaunt and the Berwick Street Film Collective 110 min

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