North Circular

Luke McManus’s resonant, vivid and beautifully shot film is a documentary essay on Dublin’s North Circular Road and its working-class communities and histories. The road runs from Phoenix Park in the west to Summerhill and the docklands in the east, with some neighbourhoods still deprived, others gentrified, and residents fighting back against being priced out. McManus interleaves plangent and melancholy folk music with individual interviews and reflections on the institutions and landmarks, including the brutal Mountjoy prison and the building that once housed the grim St Brendan’s psychiatric hospital in Grangegorman. There is also O’Devaney Gardens, a notoriously tough area whose flats are being removed for a gentrified redevelopment (effacing, one ex-resident fears, any concept of community) and the Cobblestone pub, a famous trad folk music mecca saved from being converted into a hotel by community action.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

  • Name in Original Language: North Circular
  • Director: Luke McManus
  • Country: Ireland
  • Year: 2022
  • Length: 86 min
  • Cinematography: Patrick Jordan, Richard Kendrick, Evan Barry, Jamie Goldrick, Luke McManus
  • Editing: John Murphy
  • Audio: Ross Carew, Gregory Dunn, Tony Crosse, Hugh Fox, Dave Harris
  • Production: Madhouse Films


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