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Centre for Cinema Studies - Research Projects
Irish Genres: Cinema and Society

From 2004-2008, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded Professor Brian McIlroy’s project entitled Irish Genres: Cinema and Society, 1981-2006.


This research project aimed to examine through the critical prism of genre theory and criticism the remarkable rise of Irish and Irish-related film production over these twenty-five years. 1981 was chosen as the start date because it was the birth of the first Irish Film Board, the key instance of concrete Governmental recognition that fiction film was an important cultural sector to be supported and valued. To put the spotlight on Ireland is a valuable enterprise within any small nation context. The research questioned to what degree Irish filmmakers had “gone Hollywood” and to what extent had they succeeded in maintaining cultural difference in the era of globalization. Not unlike Canadian cinema issues, the research sought to discover how a small English-speaking country can flourish culturally in the face of British and American cultural dominance.

Outcomes - Books:

"Shooting to Kill: Filmmaking and the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland" book coverThe research was sparked by a previous book by Brian McIlroy , Shooting to Kill: Filmmaking and the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland.  (Richmond, B.C.:Steveston Press, 2001) which analysed the Irish troubles movie genre. This book is available for $39.95 CAN  from the publisher. Email for details.




Genre and Cinema: Ireland and Transnationalism" book coverA Genre and Irish Cinema conference was held in March 2005 at UBC, and this event was the basis for Genre and Cinema: Ireland and Transnationalism, ed .Brian McIlroy (London and New York: Routledge 2007). This book is available at or or




Outcomes - Reviews:

Two reviews of the 2005 conference are posted below. Please acknowledge the initial publication venue if used. 


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