Irish Films in BBC First British Festival Australia


Dare to be wid

Nature of event: Two Irish Films in BBC First British Film Festival Australia,

Where & When: Various Venues. See: Dare To Be Wild and Brooklyn

Further information: Dare To Be WildBrooklyn

The Embassy of Ireland wishes to inform you that the BBC First British Film Festival Australia, billed as ‘Films from the British Isles’ will be showing two films from Ireland as part of its Festival Programme.

Dare to be Wild is an Irish-British co-production. It tells the true story of Mary Reynolds, a prodigy in the field of landscape design, and her quest to win the gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. She departs on an epic journey to Ethiopia to recruit the only botanist who can help her achieve a fair victory, and the two fall madly in love over their mutual passion of preservation.

Visually, the film is stunning. Never has Ireland looked so colourful and sunny as it has in this film. The Ethiopian sequences are equally beautifully shot, and the scenes in Chelsea are a bombardment of colour.

The film’s central message is reiterated throughout – the importance of the wild and wild nature, and the connection between man and the environment.In 1950s rural Ireland opportunities are scare, particularly for young women like Eilis Lacey. When given the opportunity to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her mother, sister, and home for the first time.



Brooklyn is Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel of the same name. It is the empowering story of one young woman’s discovery of her own identity and how the choices you make can define the rest of your life. It explores the epic theme of 20th century immigration, what it means to uproot yourself into an alien culture, how that changes you, and what remains steadfastly the same.

Embassy of Ireland
20 Arkana Street
ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 62140000

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  1. Saw Brooklyn last night. The film proved so popular that Palace Balwyn showed it in two cinemas at the same time. If you suffer from dry eye syndrome the movie provides about two hours of relief with only a few moments of humour. A bitter/sweet portrayal of the migrant experience with a few soap opera features to the plot. Three and a half stars.

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