After ’16 is a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events of Easter 1916. This collection of nine short films is a mixture of live action, animation and documentary, telling stories from the eve of the Rising all the way to the Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland and beyond.
A Terrible Hullabaloo
At 14 years of age, Vinny Byrne found himself fighting for Ireland in the 1916 Rising. An 80-year-old Vinny now reminisces on his time with the Volunteers.
Director Ben O’Connor
Producer Bob Gallagher
A Father’s Letter
On the eve of Michael Mallin’s execution on May 7th 1916, his 2-year -old son Joseph was brought to see him in Kilmainham Gaol. That night his father wrote a letter that would change Joseph’s life forever.
Director Joe Dolan
Producer Niamh Heery
My Life for Ireland
Dublin, 1916: Owen, a young Irish patriot, wants to join Padraig Pearse’s rebels in their fight for freedom.
Director Kieron J. Walsh
Producers Damien O’Donnell, Emmaline Dowling
Granite and Chalk
As rebels planned the 1916 Easter Rising, they were watched by two spies code-named Granite and Chalk. This documentary tells their story.
Director Patrick Hodgins
Producer Naomi O’Leary
Goodbye Darling is one day in the enduring love story of Irish Volunteer Michael Joseph O’Rahilly and his wife Nancy. A concerned Nancy seeks comfort through playing the piano, unaware that her husband is leaving the beleaguered G.P.O. to lead the charge that will ultimately claim his life.
Director Maria-Elena Doyle
Producers Deirdre Levins, Fiona Kinsella
There are many ways to commemorate the Rising. Only one involves bloodshed.
Director Colm Quinn
Producer David Clarke
When The Rising starts the local sweet shops are the first to be looted. Noel and Tom race off and leave their mothers and sisters at home.
Director Dave Tynan
Producer Dave Leahy
Mr. Yeats & the Beastly Coins
In 1926 the Free State government invited poet W.B.Yeats to chair the design committe for a new coinage for the new state.
Directors Ann Marie Hourihane, Laura McNicholas
Producers Ann Marie Hourihane, Laura McNicholas
Belfast, 1972: Laurence welcomes his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and love.
Director Andrea Harkin
Producers Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming