Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland Road, London E8 2PB
Read Lizzie Borden on the visionary Irish feminist gaze of MAEVE.
This screening will be followed by a panel chaired by CDF’s Selina Robertson with co-directors Pat Murphy and John Davies and Michelle Deignan (visual artist, filmmaker).
Maeve. Directed by Pat Murphy and John Davies, Ireland, 1981[click on the film title for more summer 2018 UK screening dates]
“Don’t tell me how I’m supposed to be!” Maeve’s sharp retort to her boyfriend still resonates. Influenced by Brecht and Godard, director Pat Murphy – a founder member of Circles during her time in London – gleefully snaps up their tactics for feminism in order to tell the story of a young woman returning to home to Belfast after years in London.
Lines such as “men’s relationship to women is just like England’s relationship to Ireland” offer a reminder that, in May ’68, The Troubles started as part of a wave of global struggles against imperialism – including the rule of patriarchy.
Cast member of Born in Flames who wrote her own speeches, Irish filmmaker Murphy made an equally explosive film in Maeve – one that comes close to home for UK audiences in the era of Brexit and #MeToo.
With the support of the Independent Cinema Office and BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.