After ’16 is a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events of Easter 1916. This collection of nine short films tells stories from the eve of the Rising all the way to the Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland and beyond.
A Father’s Letter
2015 / 12mins / Dir: Joe Dolan
On the eve of his execution on May 7th 1916, Michael Mallin’s two-year-old son Joseph was brought to see him in Kilmainham Gaol. That night, his father wrote a letter that would change Joseph’s life forever.
A Terrible Hullabaloo
2015 / 10mins / Dir: Ben O’Connor
The story of young Vinny Byrne, a fourteen-year-old boy who found himself fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rising. An eighty-year-old Vinny reminisces on his time with the volunteers, which took him around the city during the fighting.
2015 / 10mins / Dir: Colm Quinn
There are many ways to commemorate the 1916 Rising, only one involves bloodshed.
2015 / 12mins / Dir: Maria-Elena Doyle
One day in the enduring love story of Irish Volunteer Michael Joseph O’Rahilly and his wife Nancy. It is day five of the 1916 Rising, and as the fighting intensifies, a concerned Nancy seeks comfort and diversion by playing the piano, unaware that her husband is leaving the beleaguered G.P.O. to lead the charge.
Granite and Chalk
2015 / 12 mins / Dir: Patrick Hodgins
Delving into declassified British intelligence documents, this documentary tells the story of two spies who could have changed Irish history. Codenamed Granite and Chalk, the agents reported from within rebel camps as they prepared to revolt against British rule in the 1916 Easter Rising.
Mr. Yeats & The Beastly Coins
2015 / 10mins / Dir: Laura McNicholas, Ann Marie Hourihane
Ten years after the Easter Rising, in 1926, the Free State government decided to create a new coinage for the new state. They invited W.B. Yeats, to chair the design committee. Behind-the-scenes battles were fought before the new coins became one of the most enduring success stories of the new Irish state.
My Life For Ireland
2015 / 14mins / Dir: Kieron Walsh
Patrick Pearse leads a revolt to free Ireland from the grips of the British Empire. Owen, a young Irish patriot, wants to join them in their fight for freedom.
2015 / 15mins / Dir: Dave Tynan
When The Rising starts the local sweet shops are the first to be looted by Dubliners living in the tenements. Noel and Tom race off and leave their mothers and sisters at home but the havoc of the next few days will come right to everyone’s door.
2015 / 13mins / Dir: Andrea Harkin
Laurence welcomes his friend and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 90 mins
- Ben O’Connor, Joe Dolan, Kieron J. Walsh, Patrick Hodgins, Maria-Elena Doyle, Colm Quinn, Dave Tynan, Ann Marie Hourihane, Laura