By Fidelma Farley
This different Eden (1959) used to be one of many first motion pictures produced by way of Emmet Dalton within the newly shaped Ardmore Studios, and used to be the 1st Irish characteristic movie to be directed through a lady, Muriel field. The movie explores the annoying legacy of the Civil battle, and particularly the influence of the dying of Michael Collins on successive generations. provided that Emmet Dalton was once with Collins the day he used to be shot, a few critics have speculated that this movie was once an try to redress, even rewrite the historical past of that point. notwithstanding, just like the Louis D'Alton play on which it's dependent, This different Eden isn't just a critique of the prior yet a witty and complicated satire of an emergent smooth eire within the past due Nineteen Fifties. Fidelma Farley strains the family tree of the textual content from Shaw's John Bull's different Island to D'Alton's Abbey play and Box's movie. utilizing unpublished archival fabric (including Muriel Box's own diaries), Farley reclaims this little-known Irish vintage via firmly rooting it within the cultural context of the Lemass period.