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“A Terrible Beauty” to Premiere at Gene Siskel Film Center

A Terrible Beauty (Áille an Uafáis) - Cmdt. Ned Daly (Owen McDonnell) prepares to shoot a British Lancer

“A Terrible Beauty”, Irish Film on 1916 Easter Uprising, to Premiere in Chicago at The Gene Siskel Film Center September 26 & 28, 2014


The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, will host the Chicago premiere of a significant historical docu-drama chronicling events during the 1916 Easter rebellion by Irish Volunteers in Dublin, Ireland that led to the eventual establishment of the Irish Republic

“A Terrible Beauty” takes its title from the magnum opus poem by William Butler Yeats written shortly after the rebellion.

The film focuses on the two most ferocious battles that took place during the 1916 uprising, the battles of Mount Street and North King Street. By mixing archive footage with dramatic reconstruction and first-hand accounts it takes the viewer on a journey to the very heart of the conflict, giving them an up close and personal view of the often brutal and bloody fight which affected the lives of the men and women caught up in this historical event.

“A Terrible Beauty” premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and was broadcast in Ireland last Easter Monday on TG4, the Irish language television channel, and went on to win raves from critics and audiences alike at several film festivals including the Crystal Palace International Film Festival, The Celtic Media Festival, and the Lucerne International Film Festival.

The Evening Herald said, “You won’t have seen a better film about the 1916 Easter Rising…. it offered something rare: a completely fresh take on the subject.”

Advance tickets are encouraged for these sure to sell-out screenings, Friday Sept. 26th at 8PM and Sunday Sept. 28th at 3PM. Call the box office at 312-846-2085, or purchase tix online at

More info on the film is available at

Producer Dave Farrell and his son Colin, who acts in the film and assists with production, will be in Chicago for the screenings and informal talks afterwards

Let’s all turn out for this terrific film and give them a true Chicago Irish welcome!

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