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Citizen Lane
HD / 1 x 90'
Soho Moon Pictures & Mammoth Films Co-Pro with Umedia in association with BAI Ireland, Irish Film Board & Dublin CIty Gallery

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Citizen Lane is an innovative mix of documentary and drama that delivers a vivid and compelling portrait of Hugh Lane, one of the most fascinating and yet enigmatic figures in modern Irish history.  A man of multiple contradictions, by turns infuriatingly parsimonious or extraordinarily generous, a professed nationalist and a knight of the realm; a monumental snob and a fearless campaigner for access to the arts. The film, directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan with the drama written by Mark O’Halloran, realises this unique and curious blend of attributes of this most complex of characters. The drama is intercut with interviews from contemporary documentary contributors such as Professors Roy Foster and Paul Rouse and Art Historian Morna O’Neill, who offer a narrative richly illustrated by the paintings of Lane’s collection with a twist in its tail in the long running campaign to recover for Ireland Lane’s Bequest of 39 great Impressionist paintings, Monet, Renoir and Manet among them, left unwittingly to the National Gallery London.

 

Dramatised Storyline re-enacted by:

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as HUGH LANE (Peaky Blinders, The Secret Circle, Avengers: Infinity War)

Michael Gambon as LORD ARDILAUN (Little Women, Fearless, Harry Potter)