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Previous page: John Fergus O’Hea, ‘Rejoice, Oh! Greatly’, Weekly Freeman, 4 June 1887, still from Mother Ireland, 1988. Courtesy Anne Crilly
Art historian and critic Isobel Harbison examines works by Northern Irish film-maker Pat Murphy and films produced by the Derry Film and Video Workshop (DFVW), set against a backdrop of mainstream British TV programmes and films orientalising and othering Northern Irish culture. Presenting more complex and under-represented subjects and histories, films by Murphy and the DFVW not only constitute a visual culture counter to British neo-imperialist representations, but also create a space to rethink ‘the mechanism that lies at the heart of the institution of citizenship’.