New Irish Storytellers: Narrative Strategies in Film by Díóg O'Connell

By Díóg O'Connell

With the good fortune of such movies because the Oscar winner as soon as, Irish movie has been getting richly deserved foreign realization lately. New Irish Storytellers examines storytelling suggestions and narrative thoughts in modern Irish movie. Revealing defining styles inside contemporary Irish cinema, this publication explores connections among Irish cinematic storytellers and their British and American colleagues. D??g O’Connell strains the artistic output of Irish filmmakers this day again to 1993, the yr the Irish movie Board used to be reactivated, reinvigorating movie construction after a hiatus of 7 years. Reflecting in this key and distinct period in Irish cinema, this publication explores how movie gave expression to tensions and fissures within the new eire.

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I Went Down, through its visual style, lends itself more readily to this genre, albeit in a comic, possibly ironic, mode. Through numerous car changes (stolen bangers) and stops along the ‘highway’ at isolated ‘gas stations’, the narrative pace of the road movie is suggested. In a peripheral and local construction, the bog-road is to the highway what bog-land is to the vast openness of the American landscape. The dingy pubs and threatening, smoky backroom spaces, suggesting popular American icons, evoke the gangster movie in cross-generic referencing.

Starting with the scene in the multi-storey car park where, like ‘mall rats’, the gang of characters choose and select the car to reflect their personae and match their quest, the car defines and punctuates key narrative moments. The ‘wide open landscape’ in generic terms suggests the possibilities as the characters embark on their quest, whereas the interior space of the car structures and defines the characters, the relationships and, ultimately, the limitations in what the quest or journey can achieve: a narrative knitting together of plot and character.

The journey, therefore, takes on a physical plot dimension in I Went Down and Accelerator: the need to get from Dublin to Cork in pursuit of a package (I Went Down), and the race from Belfast to Dublin chasing the prize money (Accelerator). In contrast, while not occupying as much in terms of narrative diegetic space, the road and the journey in Disco Pigs is more metaphorical and existential as Pig and Runt travel on a journey that will inevitably lead them apart. Structuring the story and plot within this identifiable genre, from the outset these films deviate from the template and from each other.

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