School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Screening Irish History

Want to know more about Ireland’s fascinating history? The School of History, Classics and Archaeology has joined forces with the Filmhouse Cinema to launch a new series that explores the Irish past through a series of award winning feature films.

Scene from film

Film series

The film series includes Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen about Bobby Sands’ hunger strike, Good Vibrations, a unique perspective on the Troubles seen through the Belfast music scene and the No. 1 film of 2013 according to renowned film critic Mark Kermode, and Kings, a poignant chronicle of Irish exiles in London.

Each showing will be followed by a panel discussion involving the filmmakers, critics and other experts.

The series opens on 18 January with the controversial account of the Irish Revolution, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, directed by Ken Loach. The screenwriter Paul Laverty and historical advisor Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil will take part in the post-screening discussion in what promises to be a very lively event.


Funding from a College of Humanities and Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Award at the University of Edinburgh provides an additional £2 discount on concession price tickets for all students with a valid matriculation card.