Maeve

Pat Murphy, John Davies

Description

‘Pat Murphy’s first and most experimental feature film was informed by feminist debates on the objectification of women and by the unresolved questions of the relationship between feminism and nationalism, and between history and myth. Set during the Troubles, the titular Maeve, played by Mary Jackson, returns to Belfast after a long absence in London. She stays in her family home where her sister Roisín (Bríd Brennan) still lives with their father, Martin (Mark Mulholland); she also meets up again with her old boyfriend Liam (John Keegan). Much of the film is structured around conversations between Maeve and these characters, who in turn represent varying and opposing political viewpoints. These are interspersed with flashbacks to Maeve’s time in London. Visually the viewer is forced to work at following the passage of time and the film is careful to avoid the conventions of mainstream filmmaking.’

(Notes by Ruth Barton. Sourced from http://www.ifi.ie/film/maeve-4/ on August 1st 2016)

Details
Title

Maeve

Year

1982

Creator

Pat Murphy, John Davies

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Feature

Genre

Family, War, Feminist, Portrait

Subject

Nationalism, HIstory, Myth, Belfast, London, Conflict - Northern Ireland

Language

English (eng)

Duration

115 minutes

Original format

Physical: Film: 16mm

Aspect ratio

4:3

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

to be confirmed

Artist website

N/A

Link to work

https://distrify.com/videos/9ukJB5-maeve