The Patriot Game (1979)


A history of the Northern Irish conflict from 1922 until the 1970s.


Rich in emotional images, often tender but more often terrifying, The Patriot Game tells the story of the long and bitter battle for Northern Ireland.

The film’s introduction covers Ireland’s history from British colonisation to the territory’s division in 1922.

The Patriot Game then details the events of the decade that began in 1968. Through powerful portraits of rebellion and eyewitness accounts of killings and such massacres as the infamous “Bloody Sunday,” the film shows the IRA at work – much of it filmed clandestinely – as they argue their cause which, in this country and in most of the world, has gone unheard.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
    • Winnie Marshall.
  • Director(s):
    • Arthur MacCaig.
  • Cinematography:
    • Arthur MacCaig.
    • Theo Robichet.
  • Editor(s):
    • Dominique Greussay.
    • Arthur MacCaig.
  • Production:
    • Iskra.
  • Release Date: May 1979 (Cannes International Film Festival).
  • Running time: 93 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

YouTube Link

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.