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MICHAEL COLLINS

MICHAEL COLLINS

  • Directed by Neil Jordan
  • Starring Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Charles Dance, Ian Hart, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • presented by Irish Film Institute w/ Intro by Professor Lance Pettitt
  • 1996 | 133mins | Ireland, USA | (15)

On the centenary of Michael Collins' death, this is a special commemorative screening in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute, through the IFI International programme supported by Culture Ireland.


We are delighted that there will be an introduction by Professor Lance Pettitt, speaking with the film's director of photography; Chris Menges.


Following a devastating defeat in the 1916 Easter Rising, Michael Collins takes the fight to a new level, instructing his Volunteers to adopt ruthless guerrilla tactics in the impending war for Ireland's independence. Against the turbulent political struggle, a battle of wits and escalating violence rages between the rebels and the formidable British forces, with Collins risking all for love, freedom and peace.


Liam Neeson gives a towering central performance as the revolutionary leader in Neil Jordan's magnificent epic which recalls the heyday of Warner Bros gangster pictures. The film received two Oscar nominations for Chris Menges sumptuous cinematography and Elliot Goldenthal's evocative music score. The film also won the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the 1996 Venice Film Festival, and Neeson claimed the prize for Best Actor.