Breaking Ground, The Story Of The London Irish Women's Centre


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Breaking Ground tells the story of the London Irish Women's Centre, a radical organisation founded in the early 80's to support generations of Irish women in London. This 63 minute documentary presents captivating and candid archive material with accounts from some of the many amazing women who shaped the organisation over it's 29 year history. Made entirely by women, this film offers an alternative take on the feminist history of London.

Breaking Ground was directed by artist and filmmaker Michelle Deignan and produced by Toy Factory Films. The film was co-funded by Mind Yourself and the UK's Big Lottery Fund.

Screenings
St John Theatre and Arts Centre, Listowel, Co Kerry, October 2015
Still We Work, Cleere's Theatre, Kilkenny, June 2015
Rio Cinema, London, February 2014
Chicago Irish Film Festival, February/March 2014
Belfast Film Festival, March/April 2014
Cork International Film Festival November 2013
Irish Film Festival, London November 2013
The Irish Film Institute, Dublin November 2013
Marxism Festival, Dublin, November 2013
Irish Cultural Centre, London, June 2013
The Sugar Club, Dublin presented by the Irish Feminist Network October 2013
Sinn Fein Peace Conference, History of Irish Women Event, London, October 2013
Dublin Lockout Centenary Conference, London, October 2013.
The Model, Sligo October 2013
New York Irish Centre July 2013
The Tricycle, London March 2013

Press
Emily Franklin interviews director Michelle Deignan for Shade, 14 Feb 2014
Steve Martin's Top 10 Irish related films of 2013, Irish Post, 23 Dec 2013
Steven Galvin interviews director Michelle Deignan, filmireland.net, 9 Nov 2013

Richard Fitzpatrick on Breaking Ground at Cork International Film Festival, Irish Examiner, 7 Nov 2013
Chair O Doherty previews Breaking Ground, Irish Central New York 7 July 2013