Irish Film Archive presents 'Dublin Plays Itself'
The IFI Irish Film Archive will bring its treasures to the streets in an exciting collaboration with the Irish Architecture Foundation and Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin. Walking tours of the south and north city will draw attention to significant architectural features of the Dublin, as part of ‘Hack The City’ – a 14-week exhibition and events programme at Science Gallery. Participants will experience the built environment at first hand under the guidance of architectural historian Dr. Ellen Rowley and (at key stop-off points) through a range of archival films documenting changes to the surrounding streets presented by IFI film curator, Sunniva O’Flynn.
Meeting point is the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Sq East, Dublin 2.
The tour will follow the culturally-rich East/West axis of the south city, taking in Trinity College, Dame Street, City Hall, Dublin Castle, Thomas Street and James Street. Some of the films on show will be: Gael Linn’s Amharc Éireann newsreel of the collapse of tenement buildings in 1963; opening of Merrion Square in the early 1970s; Ireland the Tear and the Smile (1961) which features Trinity College Dublin and its students; and ending with two films based in the Thomas Street and Guinness area, Clubs are Trumps (1959) and Gael Linn’s Torramh an Bharaille (Wake of the Barre) (1959).
Meeting point is the Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.
The tour will take in aspects of the docklands, Busaras, the Abbey Theatre, Malborough Street, O’Connell Street and the Parnell Square area. Some of the films will show scenes from the Eucharistic Congress in 1932, and Gael Linn’s Calafort Atha Cliath (1959) about Dublin’s former docker culture; documentary footage of key modernist building construction such as Irish Life and Busaras; film on the history of Liberty Hall; film of Dublin tenements in the north inner city the 1930s; filmic views of O’Connell Street and the Pro Cathedral; ending with a public Information film about an unhygienic restaurant on Moore Street.
Tickets need to be purchased in advance from the IFI for €10. Ticket holders to meet at the starting points relevant for each tour. Please note that people will not be accepted on the tours without tickets.
The Irish Architecture Foundation and the Irish Film Institute would like to thank our partners: the Science Gallery, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Irish Architectural Archive, the Abbey Theatre, The Irish Heritage Trust, Trinity College Dublin, City Hall, Dublin City Council, and the National College of Art and Design.