New Irish Storytellers

Narrative Strategies in Film

Díóg O'Connell

New Irish Storytellers

Díóg O'Connell

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200 pages | 14 halftones, 4 graphs | 7 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841503127 Published April 2010 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

With the success of such films as the Oscar winner Once, Irish film has been getting well-deserved international attention recently. New Irish Storytellers examines storytelling techniques and narrative strategies in contemporary Irish film. Revealing defining patterns within recent Irish cinema, this book explores connections between Irish cinematic storytellers and their British and American colleagues. Díóg O’Connell traces the creative output of Irish filmmakers today back to 1993, the year the Irish Film Board was reactivated, reinvigorating film production after a hiatus of seven years. Reflecting on this key and distinctive era in Irish cinema, this book explores how film gave expression to tensions and fissures in the new Ireland.


Introduction: Reclaiming the Notion of Story
Chapter 1:  Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann
Chapter 2:  Irish Road Movies - Narrative Strategies Re-imagined
Chapter 3:  Irish Romantic Comedy - Strategies of Characterization
Chapter 4:  Immersed in Two Traditions - Adam & Paul, Garage and Prosperity
Chapter 5:  A Modern Love Story - Nora
Chapter 6:  Alternative Narrative Forms in New Irish Cinema
Chapter 7:  Narrative Diversity and Range in New Irish Cinema

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