This Other Eden

Ireland 1959. Dir: Muriel Box. 80 min. Digibeta

“The first Irish feature to be directed by a woman, This Other Eden is a comedy set in 1945 where the erection of a statue of patriot martyr Jack Carberry creates problems in a small town. With the return of strong-willed Máire McRoarty (Audrey Dalton) following her exile at an English school to protect her from an unsuitable suitor, and the arrival of Englishman Crispin Brown (Leslie Phillips), long-held secrets begin to emerge that explode the mythology surrounding Carberry’s and Ireland’s past. With a fine supporting cast of Abbey Theatre players and star turns from Milo O’Shea and Hilton Edwards, This Other Eden is not just a critique of the past but a witty and complex comment on an emergent modern Ireland” (Sunniva O’Flynn, Irish Film Institute).