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Film exhibition and distribution in Ireland, 1909–2010

Film exhibition and distribution in Ireland, 1909–2010

Kevin Rockett and Emer Rockett

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Utilizing a range of previously unexplored primary sources from film trade publications to cinema records, Film exhibition and distribution in Ireland, 1909–2010 traces in forensic detail the social, cultural and business practices that comprise the Irish cinema phenomenon.

The comprehensive nature of the study, which completes the narrative of Irish film exhibition partly told in its companion volume on picture-going in Ireland – Magic lantern, panorama and moving picture shows in Ireland, 1786–1909 (2011) – and in Irish film censorship: a cultural journey from silent cinema to internet pornography (2004), is apparent in each of the book’s three sections.

Part one provides the first extensive account of a whole Irish business sector, including the key personnel involved, and explores issues of cultural and social geography not least in relation to the development of cinema buildings and the siting of cinemas.

Part two, which examines alternative film exhibition practices, offers the first in depth histories of the competing cultural and moral agendas of the secular Irish Film Society and the Catholic-controlled National Film Institute of Ireland, as well as outlining the emergence of a dynamic film culture from the 1970s and including a history of film festivals; while

Part three presents an annotated all-Ireland listing of film exhibition venues from the first film screenings in Ireland in 1896.

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Author Kevin Rockett and Emer Rockett
Publisher Four Courts Press
Publication date 28 Nov 2011
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781846823169

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