The Irish Film Institute presents a screening of Revolution in Colour on Monday, April 17th at 2 p.m. This screening is part of the IFI’s monthly ‘Irish Focus’ strand and tells the story of the Irish struggle for independence during the first quarter of the 20th century. The screening will be introduced by the director, Martin Dwan.
Transformed from the distant world of black and white to the vibrant world of living colour; a meticulous job of colourisation brings a fresh perspective to the now-familiar film records of Ireland in the 1916 – 22 period. The film imbues its subjects – regular citizens and leaders such as Michael Collins, Patrick Pearse and Edward Carson – with a humanity and tangibility that is absent from the more austere black and white originals. Martin Dwan, the experienced director of historical portraits (TK Whitaker, Shay Elliot and John McCormack) traces the narrative through contemporaneous newsreel and photographs to represent the century-old history with clarity and rigour.
This 90-minute film, narrated by Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), provides a welcome complement to our visualisation and understanding of modern Irish history.