- 13 Jul 04
Silent Grace, the new movie about the hunger strikes and dirty protests by women in armagh prison, brilliantly confounds expectations. Tara Brady meets its director Maeve Murphy
aeve Murphy must be some kind of genius. I mean, going into her new film Silent Grace – the director’s take on ‘dirty protests’ and hunger strikes in The Armagh Women’s prison of the turbulent early eighties – your correspondent not unreasonably expected something worthy, but dull. The alternative seemed bleak; an unsavoury helping of political dogma. Wrong, and double wrong. This wonderfully humane, even-handed and quietly joyful work will have you skipping from the cinema. That’s damned impressive for a movie which doubles as a history lesson, don’t you think? Especially when you consider the traumatic events being covered.
Silent Grace is on selected release from July 2nd