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A Father’s Letter

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Category:
Irish Culture, History, Short Film
Producer:
Swansong Films
Duration:
11 min 32 sec
Year:

2015
Language:
English
Technical:
16:9, Colour

On the eve of his execution on May 7th 1916, Michael Mallin’s two-year-old son Joseph was brought to see him in Kilmainham Gaol. That night, his father wrote a letter that would change Joseph’s life forever. In it he tells family he loves them and asks his little boy to be a priest.

Funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, After ’16 is a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events of Easter 1916. This collection of nine short films is a mixture of live-action, animation and documentary, telling stories from the eve of the Rising all the way to the Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland and beyond.

To see more of the Collection, click here.

With kind permission of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.


Classroom Worksheet:

 

Recommended Age:
12+
Classroom:
TY/Senior English/History/Politics & Society/TY Film
Themes:

1916, Religious Life & Overseas Missions, China & Hong Kong, Sacrifice

Note to Teachers:

In collaboration with IFI Education, each of the After’16 short films includes a complimentary Classroom Worksheet. These are downloadable documents that can be used as a guide for teachers and students.The nine short films in this collection have not been classified so an age recommendation has been added to each film. While most of the films are suitable for a 12+ audience, the content and lesson ideas are geared towards Transition Year +.
As with all content on the IFI Player, we recommend that you view the material in advance of showing them in class.

Download worksheet for A Father’s Letter here.

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