December Bride

December Bride

by Lance Pettitt, Grainne Humphreys


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Sam Hanna Bell's debut novel (1951), about life in a tight-knit Presbyterian community in turn-of-the-century Northern Ireland, was adapted for the screen by David Rudkin and directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan in 1990. Both as a novel and as a film, December Bride is a remarkable combination of passion and politics set against a rural backdrop of communal constraint and individual action. Visually and thematically, the film is a timely reinvestigation of Ulster Protestant history and culture, and in particular reclaims a tradition of radical independent thought exemplified by the work of Sam Hanna Bell. Drawing on previously unpublished archival material and new interviews, Lance Pettitt explores the intricate relationship between novel, screenplay and the wider film culture. December Bride is a consummate and provocative challenge to the politics of Irish society, its cinematic representations, and to the very process of film adaptation itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859182901
Publisher: Cork University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2001
Series: Ireland into Film Series , #2
Pages: 98
Sales rank: 773,455
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Lance Pettitt is Senior Lecturer in Irish Studies at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, London and is the author of Screening Ireland: Film and Television Representation (2000).

Keith Hopper teaches Literature and Film Studies for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education and for St Clare’s International College, Oxford. He is general editor of the Ireland into Film series (2001-2007).

Gráinne Humphreys is image editor for the Series. She is Head of Education at the Irish Film Institute.

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