21st March: 6.15pm
Ourselves Alone + Controversy, cancellation and censorship: exploring 100 years of film censorship in the UK and Northern Ireland
One of the most significant films ever made about the Troubles, Ourselves Alone is a powerful story of love and conflicting loyalties set against the battle for Ireland’s independence.
Directed by East Belfast filmmaker Brian Desmond Hurst, the political representation in the film provoked a storm of controversy across the UK and Ireland upon its release, and it was subject to local censorship and acts of protest.
1921: as nationalists battle with the Royal Irish Constabulary and British Black and Tans, a young girl finds herself under terrible pressures; she is torn between loyalty to her brother, unbeknownst to her an IRA leader, her fiancé, a police inspector, and his comrade and rival in love, a British Army captain…
Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst & Walter Summers | 1936 | UK | 1 hr 7 mins | Cert PG
SCREEN TALK: Controversy, cancellation and censorship: exploring 100 years of film censorship in the UK and Northern Ireland
Following Ourselves Alone, Dr Sian Barber (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Queen’s University Belfast) will explore the history of film censorship and how it affects what we see in the cinema. In exploring a number of different film controversies, this talk will highlight the issues which attract the attention of film censors in different periods and look at the films which fell foul of the censor in Northern Ireland and in other parts of the UK.
Unfortunately, due circumstances beyond our control, Sian’s talk has been cancelled. Ourselves Alone will still be screened as scheduled.