The Troubles crime thriller and the future of films about Northern Ireland

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Gallagher, Richard
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Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
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Troubles-based crime thrillers were once a staple of Hollywood cinema in the 1990s. However, these types of films have become something of a subgenre of European crime films in the last few decades given that films produced over the period have all been produced and financed by either the United Kingdom, Ireland, France or Germany. Owing to both the financial and critical success of these films, relative to other types of films about Northern Ireland, and the more market-driven approach adopted by policymakers, the crime thriller genre has also become the primary way that audiences engage with cinema about Northern Ireland. Although some encouraging developments have come with this transition away from, at times, exploitative Hollywood-produced films, continued reliance on genre in this new dispensation—specifically the crime thriller—is still a development that is not without problems. The type of films about the conflict produced today also contrasts significantly with those produced during the “first wave” of Irish cinema in the 1980s.
The Troubles , Crime thriller , Future of films , Northern Ireland
Gallagher, R. (2022) 'The Troubles crime thriller and the future of films about Northern Ireland', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 22, pp. 42-53.