Podcast Interview with both Directors at Belfast Film Festival – April 2015
Review of Belfast Film Festival Screening – Alan in Belfast Blog April 2015
Radio Interview with co-director Mary Jane O’Leary by Ellie O’ Byrne on Mix it Up – April 2015
Film Ireland April 2015 – Interview with Director ahead of IFI Ireland on Sunday screening
ArtBeat, Cork Campus Radio, 98.3FM 10 April 2015 – Live Interview with director Treasa O’Brien
Film Ireland March 2015 – Review of JDIFF Premiere
UTV Ireland 18 March 2015 – Ireland Live at Ten with guest Treasa O’Brien live in studio
eBuzz March 2015- Interview with Director Treasa O’Brien
Visual Artists Newssheet Print Edition March/April 2015 – Column by Treasa O’Brien on Eat Your Children and Rocky Road to Dublin
Rabble.ie Feb 2015 – Trailer release
Rabble.ie Jan 2013 – interview with Treasa O’Brienon work-in-progress and crowdfunding
Hot Press Spring 2013 Print Edition – article and interview with directors Mary Jane O’Leary and Treasa O’Brien at Future State conference London
‘Eat Your Children is a tremendously timely and provocative film which explores traditions of resistance in Ireland. It is the personal and political response of two economic emigrants, Treasa O’Brien and Mary Jane O’Leary, to the climate of complacency and acceptance of austerity which they perceived upon their return home.
A road-trip takes them around the country meeting the engaged and disengaged – students, politicians, economists and activists – as they try to understand Ireland’s post-colonial identity crisis in the wake of the ‘Celtic Tiger’. At a time when Irish people are re-discovering the power of mass protest, here is a film which captures that energy. ‘
– Sunniva O’Flynn, Director of Irish Film Institute
‘Friends and filmmakers Treasa O’Brien and Mary Jane O’Leary were among the many Irish who emigrated following the catastrophic financial crash of 2008. Now they’re home – and curious to know why as a nation the Irish have an apathy, or even an antipathy, towards protest.
O’Brien and O’Leary take their cameras on a road trip across Ireland, confidently blending archival footage, stylish visual essay and interviews in a bid to unravel why, compared to our European neighbours, we seem so accepting of debt and austerity. There are strong insights from sociologists, from protesters, but from everyday people too, as the filmmakers hear the views of concertgoers and GAA fans. The title is inspired, a reference to Jonathan Swift’s satire, A Modest Proposal, in which poor families sell their youngest children to wealthy landlords. The implication? By acquiescing to the banks, the bondholders and the bean-counters, the Irish are selling out generations to come.
It’s a smart, rousing film about the public right to express righteous anger. And in a year where the power of dissent has come to the fore, it is absolutely timely.’
– Esther McCarthy, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival