Guth Gafa (Captive Voice) Film Festival Review Of ‘I, Dolours’

At last, someone who understands ‘I, Dolours’:



Maurice Sweeney,  Ireland and Northern  Ireland, 2017, 82’

In the big picture of Irish republicanism the lines are generally clear; the history of colonial oppression is punctuated by huge events: 1921; Bloody Sunday; The Good Friday Agreement, and many others besides. But one tends to forget the continuous nature of struggle, a phenomenon that links generations and elongates time, particularly for those incarcerated; particularly the lifers. Director Maurice Sweeney͛s portrait of IRA volunteer Dolours Price tells of both the collective and the individual and the tension between them in a film that is courageously candid, delicate, and beautifully shot. Using archive, interviews and re-creation Sweeney captures perfectly the ethos of her republican household in which – “We wouldn’t hear Little Red Riding Hood as a bedtime story but rather ‘Theyhanged my mate Jimmy’”. Sweeney confronts head-on the issue of the disappeared–traitors to the cause who were eliminated; spectres in Dolour͛s life that would follow her to the grave. Seamlessly the narrative changes form and in skilfully wrought re-creations the horror of solitary and force feeding is brought home. Sad, beautiful, delicate and finely crafted, this is a major film.

Please see note on parental guidance below.

Maurice Sweeney has been regarded as one of Ireland’s leading documentary filmmakers. In more recent years he has also begun to focus on fiction. As a director, Maurice has won four IFTAs. In 2010, he filmed and directed the widely acclaimed The Forgotten Irish, dealing with the emigration to Britain in the 1950s. Maurice’s first major drama deature, Saving The Titantic, has been sold throughout the world and has been watched by an estimated 10 million people, and winning several prestigious awards.

Director: Maurice Sweeney

Producer: Nuala Cunningham, Ed Moloney 

Camera: Kate McCullough

Editor: Mick Mahon

Sound: Stephen McDowell, Mick Cassidy

Music: Giles Packam


Saturday 21st, 8.00pm, The RoadHouse Cinema (Q&A)


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Parental Guidance Note These films have been recommended by the Guth Gafa Programming Team as suitable for children 16 and over. However, parental discretion is advised and we ask parents to consider the film synopsis and watch the film trailer before purchasing tickets.

2 responses to “Guth Gafa (Captive Voice) Film Festival Review Of ‘I, Dolours’

  1. Is it doing the film festival rounds first before getting a general release?

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