North Circular (2022)

HRAFF Presents

North Circular

Director Q+A (pre-recorded) with Luke McManus

Luke McManus | Ireland | 2022 | Unclassified (15+)

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Fri 5 May 2023

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A captivating documentary musical travelling the length of Dublin’s fabled North Circular Road evoking narratives from the history of the city and nation; from colonialism, to mental health, to the struggle for women’s liberation and gentrification.

Beautiful, visually and sonically striking… A heartfelt love letter to Dublin.

Leo Barraclough, Variety

Highlighting the overwhelming importance of music in culture, Luke McManus’s film is a celebration of Irish tradition, ingenuity and integrity which stands as vital viewing for anyone interested in the power of protest for social change and cultural preservation.

This richly cinematic story, shot in black and white Academy ratio (4:3), brings musical performances from Dublin’s music heroes including John Francis Flynn, Séan Ó Túama, Eoghan O’Ceannabháin, Ian Lynch & Gemma Dunleavy.

This film features a pre-recorded Q+A with director Luke McManus moderated by Devon Lang Wilton.


WINNER: Best Documentary Award – Louth International Film Festival 2022
WINNER: The Spirit of IndieCork – IndieCork Film Festival 2022
SPECIAL MENTION: Best Documentary Award – Dublin International Film Festival 2022
SPECIAL MENTION: Best Documentary Award – IndieCork Film Festival 2022

About the Director

Luke McManus is a filmmaker based in Grangegorman, just off the North Circular Road. Luke has produced and directed award-winning documentary projects for NBC, Netflix, RTÉ, Virgin Media Television, TG4, NDR/ARD, Al Jazeera and Channel 4, winning four IFTAs, one Celtic Media Award and the Radharc Award in the process. His debut feature as producer was The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, which premiered in the Main Competition at IDFA in 2018, won the George Morrison Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Irish Film & Television Awards and the Best Irish Film Award at the Dublin International Film Festival. North Circular is his debut feature documentary as a director.

Format: DCP
Language: English with English Subtitles
Runtime: 80 mins

Event duration

80 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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