Open City Documentary Festival

The Patriot Game (1978)

Director
Arthur MacCaig
 
Country
France
 
Duration
93min
 
Date
Event has passed
 
Location
ICA London
 

Arthur MacCaig’s thorough and thoughtful essay film examines the conflict in Northern Ireland over ten years from 1968 and 1978, covering the period at the height of The Troubles. Combining a decades worth of newsreel with his own searing footage of street riots, police violence and fire bomb attacks, MacCaig (father of Donal Foreman, dir. The Image You Missed) constructs a blistering and emotional portrait of those at the centre of the armed struggle. Premiering at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, MacCaig’s film was hailed on its release for its rawness and intelligence and it remains a vital and revelatory piece of radical political filmmaking.

In Partnership with The Essay Film Festival.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

If you like this… Donal Foreman’s The Image You Missed also screens on Sep 8