UK/UH Ⅲ
Days of British film
and culture

Uherské Hradiště
23–26 11 2017

03 UK/UH: THE TROUBLES & LATEST UK FILM RELEASES | 23.–26. 11. 2017

THE TROUBLES (Great Britain vs. Northern Ireland)

Conceptual programming of UK/UH takes up on the last year’s Postcolonial British Film and introduces another section dedicated to a social phenomenon in the history of the United Kingdom. The Troubles (in Irish: Na Trioblóidí) is an apt term for an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that affected Northern Ireland, Great Britain and Ireland from the 1960s until the 1990s. The conflict had several aspects – it was a political, ethnical and religious struggle (Unionists + Protestants + pro-British vs. Republican + Catholic + pro-Irish).

British cinematography started to address the issue of The Troubles in the 1980s. The manner of how these films were produced and received by the audience reflects the complexity of the whole situation and the mutual interconnection of both sides of the conflict – many films were made in British-Irish coproduction, some were directed by the Irishmen residing in Britain, while others by the Brits living in Ireland. The section aims at providing a basic introduction of how The Troubles were depicted in film laying an emphasis on its history and the diversity of attitudes and genres. The selection will comprise several iconic movies such as Neil Jordan’s Crying Game or Hunger by Steve McQueen, alongside with the lesser-known thematically related features and documentaries.

LATEST UK FILM RELEASES

None of the current Czech film festivals deals with the contemporary British cinema (shame on us!). Therefore, the second regular programme section brings you the most interesting, most progressive and very British films of the recent production that (shame on us!) did not find the way to the official Czech film distribution.

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