Irish National Cinema
By Ruth Barton
Routledge – 2004 – 224 pages
Series: National Cinemas
From the international successes of Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, to the smaller productions of the new generation of Irish filmmakers, this book explores questions of nationalism, gender identities, the representation of the Troubles and of Irish history as well as cinema's response to the so-called Celtic Tiger and its aftermath.
Irish National Cinema argues that in order to understand the unique position of filmmaking in Ireland and the inheritance on which contemporary filmmakers draw, definitions of the Irish culture and identity must take into account the so-called Irish diaspora and engage with its cinema.
An invaluable resource for students of world cinema.
'Barton writes with authority and relish, this is an intelligent and insightful contribution to the growing corpus of scholarship in Irish Film' - The Irish Times
'Ruth Barton demonstrates an utter mastery of the Irish film field. I learned so much from reading this book' - Professor Nick Cull, University of Leicester, UK