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Maeve (1981)

Drama, Irish Film 1h 55m

Pat Murphy’s seminal first feature film was informed by feminist debates on the objectification of women and by the unresolved questions of the relationship between feminism and nationalism, and between history and myth. Set during The Troubles, Maeve (Mary Jackson), returns to Belfast after a long absence in London. She stays in her family home where her sister Roisín (Bríd Brennan) still lives with their father, Martin (Mark Mulholland) and mother Eileen (Trudy Kelly); she also meets up again with her old boyfriend Liam (John Keegan).

Much of the film is structured around conversations between Maeve and these characters, who in turn represent varying and opposing political viewpoints. These are interspersed with flashbacks to Maeve’s time in London.

This crisp new version has been digitally restored from original 16mm elements.


Pat Murphy


Robert Smith


John Arthur Davies




UK, Ireland, Australia

Bonus Content

Q&A with Pat Murphy


Q&A with Maeve director Pat Murphy, hosted by filmmaker Dónal Foreman, moderated by Sunniva O’Flynn.

Watch Dónal Foreman’s film The Image You Missed here.

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