Luke McManus’ multi-award winning journey through Dublin’s history, working-class culture and unbreakable creative spirit will open in New York on Friday, 28th July at DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema. The festival favourite has been around the world recently, including a trip to China, and McManus and some of the musicians featured in the film will be in attendance at the Big Apple screening.
It’s a warm, engaging and insightful doc which continues to find audiences after it’s initial run on the festival circuit. A look at Dublin as it is, was and can be, North Circular makes for a good showcase of modern Irish filmmaking for international audiences.
Dara Messinger, Programmer at New York’s esteemed DCTV Firehouse Cinema, said of the upcoming screening;
“Stepping into the world of North Circular, I found myself instantly immersed in a sensory symphony. What a delight to be transported so far yet feel so close. These songs and stories resonate beyond borders. I’m so grateful to share this piece of Dublin with NYC.”
While director Luke McManus expressed his excitement;
“Bringing North Circular to New York City is massively exciting and a week of screenings downtown at DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema, a community-run documentary cinema is a perfect fit for the film. I’m really looking forward to sharing the music, stories and history of Dublin’s North Circular Road with New York audiences.”
Featuring captivating intimate stories and musical performances from a wide variety of subjects and artists from North Circular’s working-class communities, the film vividly portrays the creativity fueling the resilient spirit of the city and nation. From the haunting legacies of British colonialism and the prison-industrial complex, to the fight for women’s liberation and personal perseverance, NORTH CIRCULAR also engages with the urgent current issues of gentrification and displacement, including the battle to save the iconic Cobblestone Pub – the epicentre of Dublin’s folk revival – from destruction at the hands of cynical property developers.
North Circular continues to screen to Irish audiences at various cinemas 8 months after initial release.
The film includes musical performances from artists local to the North Circular, including John Francis Flynn, Séan Ó Túama, Eoghan O’Ceannabháin, Ian Lynch & Gemma Dunleavy.