Pat Murphy and John Davis' seminal 1981 film Maeve offers an alternative, feminist perspective on the Troubles and Irish nationalism. The film has just been reissued by the BFI - watch an extract from filmmaker and programmer Chris O'Neill's video essay created especially for the re-release above, and read Chris's introduction below.

The British Film Institute commissioned me to create a video essay about Maeve (1981) by Pat Murphy and I was delighted to be asked. I originally saw the film 15 or so years ago at the Galway Film Fleadh from an old 16mm print and certain images and moments stayed with me.

Mary Jackson in Maeve

There were several fantastic feature films made in Ireland around this time, but this stands out as having a feminist perspective from a female director. It's also a unique approach to looking at 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland, raising many questions and offering few answers.

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This essay explores Maeve's themes of feminism, republicanism and nationality and appears on the recent Blu-Ray from the BFI, but a slightly shorter edit can be seen online above.

Maeve is currently on BluRay via the BFI and available to stream via IFI@Home, accompanied by an exclusive Q&A with director Pat Murphy - more details here.