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Barbed Wire Love 3: Hush-A-Bye Baby

25-27 March


GSFF 2021 Online

Barbed Wire Love 3: Hush-A-Bye Baby streams live at 20.30 on Thursday 24 March, then is available to view on demand for 48 hours.

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Fifty-three years since the commencement of Northern Ireland’s Troubles, Barbed Wire Love presents intimate tales from those who stayed, those who left and those who passed through. Sisters and brothers, those who danced at raves, those who had good intentions and those who did not. Chance encounters, intimate first-person cinema and the unreliability of history and biography create space for wry humour and tiny ecstasies.

Goretti, Majella, Sinead and Dinky are four school friends living in the catholic ghettos of the Bogside and Creggan estates in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1984. At the age of 15 they are full of youthful exuberance and boys feature largely in their interests. When Goretti meets Ciarán at an Irish language class a romance begins.

Hush-A-Bye Baby is a heart-renderingly smart and pertinent feminist film, the directorial debut of Margo Harkin. The film was produced under unique conditions by Derry Film & Video Workshop (DFVW), against a backdrop of state censorship and violence which saw Margo and her family’s flat raided by the army and police. 

The script bristles with microscopically accurate and embodied observations of late 1980s Derry, Northern Irish discos and acidly depreciative Northern Irish humour. Razor sharp edits, very precise framing and a stellar cast (including Sinead O’Connor) allow Hush-A-Bye Baby to soar while remaining disarmingly true to its characters and the hostile environment they lived through. 

A truly remarkable film.

Curated by Myrid Carten and Peter Taylor. For more information on this film and the history of DFVW please check our blog.

  • Director Margo Harkin
  • Country Ireland, UK
  • Year 1990
  • Duration 1h20m
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