IFI International Wraps Up 2016 Programme in Britain
Last week, the 2016 programme of activity undertaken by IFI International as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, drew to a close with special screenings of archive footage and live music in the HOME Centre in Manchester and at the Barbican Centre as part of the Irish Film Festival London.
At the Barbican, the programme (“1916 Centenary Ciné-concert”) included varied perspectives on the relationship between Ireland and UK in the pre- and post-revolutionary period England capturing everyday moments in pre-independence Ireland, the aftermath of 1916 Rising and the tentative steps towards independence in Ireland 1922. The programme was accompanied by Cormac de Barra, Colm Ó Snodaigh and Rossa Ó Snodaigh who underscored the imagery with intelligence and sensitivity and moving between documentary and drama and rural and urban sequences with ease.
Head of Cinema at the Barbican, Robert Rider commented: “It was a huge pleasure for us at the Barbican to work again with the IFI on another programme of silent film with live music. The archive material was extraordinary, both in subject matter and technical quality, and the accompanying music by Cormac, Colm and Rossa captured the vibrancy and emotion of the images.”
At HOME in Manchester, there was a screening with live music of the George Best film Fussball Wie Noch Nie – accompanied by Matthew Nolan (composer) David Stalling, Seán Mac Erlaine, Bryan O’Connell and Mary Barnecutt. The film played to a full house, including many loyal fans of Manchester United. Made in 1971 by German experimental filmmaker Helmuth Costard, the ninety-minute feature focuses on the iconic Best for the duration of an entire football match.
Jason Wood, Artistic Director of the Centre, described it as “One of the most immersive cinemas experiences I have ever had.”
IFI International Programme for 2016 was supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
Details on all of IFI International’s activity are available here.