The Manchester Irish: A Film and Music Programme

England • Film • Music
01 Oct 2018— 30 Nov 2018

The Manchester Irish: A Film and Music Programme


2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Revisiting the extraordinary HOME arts centre and working alongside archival colleagues at the North West Film Archive in Manchester, IFI will present a programme of films made by Mancunians about Ireland, amateur enthusiasts in Ireland, and films made about the Irish experience in the UK. 

Silent elements of the programme will be accompanied by Manchester-based musicians working alongside Irish traditional musicians. The programme incorporates musicians’ workshop and screenings.  

The programme will include silent films from the NWFA including A 1000 Irish Tour In Convoy Of 46 Caravans, 1965; Ulster Way, 1930s; Ulster Again, 1937; Holiday In Skerries, 1927 and Kilternan, 1927

and a sound film from the IFI Irish Film Archive, The Irishmen: An Impression Of Exile,1965. This seminal observational documentary, directed by Philip Donnellan,  explores the experience of Irish navvies working in the UK in the 1960s and is underscored by the extraordinary lyrics of Salford-native, Ewan McColl.

Image from The Irishman: Irish Impressions of Exile, a film by Philip Donnellan