Element Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element Pictu... More Distribution and Kew Media have announced that Maurice Sweeney’s I, Dolours will have its Irish Premiere on July 13th as part of the 30th Galway Film Fleadh with an Irish release following on August 31st. It will also screen at the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival on July 21st.
I, Dolours is a cinematic yet intimate and complex portrait of Dolours Price, militant IRA activist, hunger striker and vocal opponent of the peace process who two years before she died gave a filmed interview on condition that it would not be broadcast in her lifetime. Now for the first time her story can be told in full and entirely in her own words. This shocking film brings us deep inside the IRA and charts one woman’s journey from passionate idealist into disillusioned cynic, haunted by the memories of the terrible things she did for a cause she once so strongly believed in, she killed for it but, for which she believes was ultimately betrayed.
Dolours Price resists easy stereotyping – she was a ruthless revolutionary/terrorist who didn’t shirk any task, however brutal. She demanded her equal place among the male-dominated members of the IRA and was pitiless in her scorn for those who didn’t share her total commitment. She was also a beautiful, charismatic woman, loving mother, devoted sister and friend. She was passionate but fragile, dogmatic, yet tortured. Fascinating, moving and at times deeply disturbing – this is her story.
The story behind I, Dolours fascinated me from day one. This was a view of The Troubles from “The Inside” and Dolours never wavered in her honesty. It was a very hard but rewarding film to make, dealing with death, force feeding and radicalisation. I’m really excited and honoured to present the Irish premiere of it at the Galway Film Fleadh.
Maurice Sweeney, Director
I, Dolours is directed by Maurice Sweeney and produced by Nuala Cunnigham and Ed Moloney with backing from Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry..