Rocky Road to Dublin

Dir. Peter Lennon

Eire 1968 | Black & white, colour | 96 mins | Cert PG

Cast: Sean O’Faoláin, John Huston

A massively controversial film from Irish-born journalist Peter Lennon and legendary French cinematographer Raoul Coutard, set against a backdrop of Dublin in the 1960s. The hypocrisy of church, politics and state is exposed through a series of seemingly innocent interviews, in which Ireland’s patriotic sportsmen, priests, censors and children unwittingly reveal the true nature of a repressed and censored Republic. The film had one showing at a Dublin cinema in 1968 but was then suppressed for three decades, never released in Ireland and never shown on Irish television.

Available on: DVD


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