Ireland Behind the Wire + Introduction by Humphrey Trevelyan
Stewart Home’s Occasional Barbican Film Club
On sale from 10am Fri 22 Apr 2022.
Priority booking for Barbican members opens from 10am Thu 21 Apr 2022.
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 Berwick Street Film Collective 110 min
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