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“Sneak Preview” of Feature Film “The Eclipse” Highlights Boston College's Irish Film Series

special screening feb. 22 at 7 p.m. with playwright Conor McPherson, star Ciarán Hinds at Stuart Street Playhouse

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (2-16-10) – Boston College’s Irish Film Series—presented by the Irish Studies Program—launches its 9th year with a “sneak preview” of The Eclipse, offered in partnership with the Irish Film Festival Boston.

The special public event features appearances by Irish playwright Conor McPherson and star Ciarán Hinds, who will introduce the film and take questions from the audience. Tickets to the “sneak preview,” on Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston, are free with advance reservations (details below).

BC’s Irish Film Series showcases the best in contemporary Irish film. More than 90 films—from cutting-edge shorts and blockbusters to documentaries and silent films—have been shown during the series since its inception. 

“The Irish Film Series marks its ninth year with a number of highly acclaimed feature and documentary films,” says organizer Robert Savage who co-directs BC’s Irish Studies Program, which he notes has always considered film to be an integral part of Ireland's complex culture. The Boston College Irish Studies Program is part of the University’s Center for Irish Programs.

The Eclipse
Iben Hjejle and Ciarán Hinds in THE ECLIPSE,
a Magnolia Pictures release
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

“This year we are delighted to work with the Irish Film Festival Boston to offer a 'sneak preview' of The Eclipse,” Savage adds. “This promises to be a special evening with award-winning playwright and filmmaker Conor McPherson and critically acclaimed actor Ciarán Hinds on hand to introduce the film. We will also feature a number of innovative documentaries that will be introduced by filmmakers at the BC campus.” The Irish Film Series is supported by Culture Ireland and The Irish Film Institute.

Monday, February 22: The Eclipse

Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston, 7 p.m.
“Sneak Preview” offered in partnership by the BC Irish Studies Program and the Irish Film Festival Boston.

Introduction by filmmaker Conor McPherson and actor Ciarán Hinds. The Eclipse is an Irish ghost drama about the challenges of love, fear of the unknown and release from grief, which also features actor Aidan Quinn.

Public ticket information: admission is free with reservation. Tickets to The Eclipse “sneak preview” are available through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or

[Note: Tickets must be collected 30 minutes before showtime or patrons may not be admitted and their tickets will be reallocated to those waiting in line for entry.]

In March, the following films screenings—which are free and open to the public—will take place at Boston College at 7:30 p.m. in Higgins Hall room 300, located on BC’s Chestnut Hill campus at 140 Commonwealth Avenue.

Tuesday, March 16: Child of the Dead End
Introduction by filmmaker Desmond Bell
The film tells the story of Patrick MacGill, known as the Irish “navvy poet,” novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Actor Stephen Rea plays MacGill in the film, which combines early cinema archive with live action shot in Ireland, Scotland and England. 


Thursday, March 18: Ba Mhaith an Saol Fadó É (They Were Good Old Days)
Introduction by filmmaker Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin
Part of the filmmaker’s chronicle of Irish-speaking emigrants in America, the film examines the childhoods of women from the Gaeltacht area of Ireland.


Tuesday, March 23: The Liberties
The Liberties is a captivating look at the section of Dublin of the same name, by producers Shane Hogan and Tom Burke, who craft a series of twelve short films, each focusing on a unique person or part of the community. 


Tuesday, March 30: Liam Clancy: The Yellow Bittern
Introduction by BC Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Seamus Connolly
This new feature documentary from Alan Gilsenan—a revealing and surprising portrait of the last surviving member (until Liam Clancy's death in Dec. 2009) of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem—is described as an intimate, confessional and highly cinematic film that charts the remarkable rise to fame of these devil-may-care Irish singers.


For more details on the film series, the public may visit BC’s Irish Studies Program event web site at or contact the Center for Irish Programs at (617) 552-6396; BC Irish Film Series organizer Robert Savage can be reached at

MEDIA NOTE: BC’s Robert Savage is available for media interviews about the film series; please contact him directly at Jpgs from films available on request.

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--Rosanne Pellegrini, BC Office of News & Public Affairs, (617) 552-3350;