“Rebellion” … Ruth Bradley

Rebellion RTÉ One Episode 1: Sunday January 3rd 2016 Left to right: Sarah Greene as May, Brian Gleeson as Jimmy, Charlie Murphy as Elizabeth, Barry Ward as Arthur and Ruth Bradley as Frances

Aired in the UK in January this year, Rebellion has just come to Netflix.USA.  It is a five-part mini-series about the 1916 Easter Rising, termed the birth of modern Ireland .  While we are waiting for Kevin McCann’s efforts to produce our long-awaited full-length feature film, The Rising, this could prove to be an interesting introduction from another perspective.

And while Kevin’s film chronicles the lives and efforts of the real-life heroes, this mini-series tells the story using the perspectives of a group of fictional characters.  The theme being political events that gave voice to the great desire of a people for freedom to govern their own country.

Ireland   Irish clover

(It is interesting to see Ruth Bradley in yet another role while we wait for her return to Humans.2)  

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8 comments on ““Rebellion” … Ruth Bradley

  1. Twosocks says:

    Thanks for the reminder of this, Suntse. Amazon US still just has the download version, but UK has it for preorder. Looks like it got some very good reviews.

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  2. It’s been on Netflix Canada for awhile now. I haven’t had a chance to watch it. Looks good, though!

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    • I’m enjoying it. Very tense … only touches on Pearce and Connolly so far. Just watched E2. It is the attack on the GPO. Connolly is already injured. That occurred in E1.

      Oh, and the newspaper … need to look up again who was the editor. Was it Mac Diaramada? Have to leave for work, rats! (wish my memory was better!)

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  3. Apparently Sean Mac Diaramada (named McDermott by the English), enters the story in E3, and remains throughout the last 3 episodes.

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  4. Speaking only for myself, it became disappointing. You know I am disinclined to criticize an artistic endeavor, once I have committed to seeing it through to the end. If I think it will not hold up for me, I just don’t get that far into it and therefore have no comment.

    In this case, the acting was mostly ok, considering the material they had to work with. A few were really noteworthy, marking out Lydia McGuinness especially. Ruth Bradley was very good. It was the writing that failed after the first two episodes, which relied mostly on the battle between the Irish insurgents and the British army. (Not very exacting to write gunfire and marching British militants.) After the surrender, the writer didn’t seem to know where to go and fell back on the initial relationships of the three women who were meant to carry the story forward. The signatories of the Proclamation were skimmed over, barely being mentioned, and never featured for more than a few lines. Of those given mention, Pearce and Connolly were almost alone in that regard. There was no focus of any kind on MacDiaramada’s role.

    The plot became embroiled in infidelity and unplanned pregnancy, unrequited love, perfunctory executions and the spiteful wrath of citizens against the rebels … name-calling and shouting had their day. It was left rather open, apparently hoping to set up a second season. I won’t be looking for it.

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    • Twosocks says:

      This is disappointing as it looked like a really good series. May cancel that preorder. In somewhat the same vein, there is a production called ‘A Terrible Beauty’ which I’ve found to be an excellent story of The Rising. Nothing so much about the GPO, but there were many other things going on in Dublin at the time. Not a series, but very well done and focusing on some of the other players, on both sides.

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      • Interesting, Joan. Well, perhaps I was looking for too much. The cast listing implied Sean McD was included in the last 3 episodes. I saw the actor clearly only once, early E4, when someone said, “Speak to them for us, Sean” … Anyway, I assumed it was him. That’s kinda how it went. When time permits, I will check out ‘A Terrible Beauty’. It’s good to have you joining in again.

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