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ISOLATION (2005) - Ireland on Screen

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  • dir. Billy O'Brien
  • year. 2005
  • country. Ireland
  • run-time. 88 mins
  • rating. 15

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Film 9pm

A farm in rural Ireland is the setting for genetic experimentation on cows. The experiment in reproduction genetics sees calves being born pregnant. When one of the calves escapes, a path of destruction is created.

Far from the romantic images of rural Ireland that promote tourism Isolation explores the labour, and difficulties of sustaining a agricultural livelihood in Ireland. It is also a film that comes in the wake of economic crisis in Ireland, and to some extent plays on the fears of the impact of disease following the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.

Ireland on Screen is our regular look at representations of Ireland and Irish subjects in film and moving image. Isolation is our first foray into the horror films that have been made in Ireland, it will not be our last. 

Isolation is a claustrophobic, increasingly icky chiller that is just as horrifying for its underlying ideas as for the more visceral shocks that it presents on screen.
— Anton Bitel, Film 4
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