01 Feb 2014 18:00 : Fifth Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival


Fifth Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival

(An APPI/IFPP/Independent Colleges Event)

Jan 31st/February 1st 2014


Psychoanalysing Irish Cinema

(or, everything you wanted to know about ‘The Irish’ but were afraid to ask Freud)

The Fifth Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival will take place on 31st Jan/1st February 2014. The object of our psychoanalytic/cinematic scrutiny for this festival will be ‘The Irish’. The notion that the Irish are unanalysable is attributed to Freud, locating ‘The Irish’ together with other unanalysable subjects (‘The Japanese’,‘Lesbians’…) who somehow are beyond or outside the discourse of psychoanalysis.  In Martin Scorsese’s movie The Departed, one of the protagonists, Colin Sullivan remarks that:“What Freud said about the Irish is: We’re the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis”. William Monahan, screenwriter of The Departed admits that he paraphrased this line which he had come across in various articles, his understanding of the apparent original remark by Freud being: “This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.” Although this remark attributed to Freud has never successfully been tracked down in his writings or those of his biographer – the Welshman Ernest Jones – it has become something of an urban myth about ‘The

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