Bringing together scholars from Ireland and abroad, this collection provides insiders‘ as well as outsiders‘ perspectives on the situation of Irish film in a period of a socioeconomic sea change: the years of the so-called Celtic Tiger.
The unprecedented economic growth and immigration that Ireland experienced between 1995 and 2007 did not only challenge national but also ethnic, social, and gender identities. The contributions to this volume explore how films tackle these challenges and help to make sense of Ireland’s altered position in a globalised world. Among the films discussed are some of the most critically acclaimed Irish films of recent years, including Once (2006), Adam & Paul (2004), Garage (2007), and The Secret of Kells (2009), as well as the work of Oscar-winning director and writer Neil Jordan. The volume is completed by an extensive interview with award-winning director Lenny Abrahamson, and his collaborator, screenwriter and actor Mark O’Halloran. Contributors: Werner Huber – Seán Crosson – Tony Tracy – Agnes Kakasi – Zélie Asava – Eduardo Barros Grela – Neasa Hardiman – Thomas Walsh – Ruth Barton – Díóg O’Connell – Mark Schreiber.