Mary Lindsay passed information to the British Army in Ballincollig after she learned of the planned IRA ambush.

The execution of one of three women killed deliberately by the IRA during the War of Independence after she relayed information to the British about a(...)

Niamh Algar stars as Enid, a censor working at a fictional version of the British Board of Film Classification during the height of the scare

When Mary Whitehouse, at the height of the British “video nasty” scare, declared a “battle for the soul of the nation”, she could hardly have imagined(...)

Mary (Maria Georgina) Lindsay was abducted and executed by the IRA in 1921

Mary (Maria Georgina) Lindsay was just 60 when she executed by the IRA in March 1921, yet in the loyal press in Ireland and Britain she was a “gallant(...)

Maxine Peake and Freddie Fox in Fanny Lye Deliver’d

It’s 1657 and rural Shropshire in post-civil war England is a crazy place to be. One mightn’t know as much watching the opening sequence of Fanny Lye (...)

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Despite all the challenges facing cinema in the outgoing decade, the medium somehow managed to honour many of the aesthetics the pioneers devised more(...)

Marianne Jean-Baptiste: ‘I remember dressing up to go to Oxford Street because we were going to a big department store’

Marianne Jean-Baptiste is a laugh. I don’t suppose that will come as a huge surprise. In the 23 years since her Oscar-nominated turn in Mike Leigh’s (...)

A promotional image for the film Float Like a Butterfly.

It’s a long way from Kanturk to Kentucky but that’s the metaphorical journey that Cork film director, Carmel Winter has made with her film ‘Float Like(...)

Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun

The wise old lady of Irish film festivals is back with her strongest programme in some years. Founded in 1956, the Cork Film Festival has had its gidd(...)

Oscar season in Toronto: Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born

It was a very special edition of Toronto International Film Festival for the Irish director Carmel Winters. At the screening of Float Like a Butterfly(...)

Peter Strickland: “I thought there was mileage in those 1970s erotic films. The dominant partner was always in character. Let’s show a dominant miss her cue. Let’s show her in her pyjamas.” (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

Peter Strickland is a calm, well-spoken man from the unthreatening city of Reading. Having just passed 40, he now probably qualifies as being mildl(...)

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