Behind Closed Doors: Middle-Class Suburbia and Contemporary Irish Cinema

  • Ruth BartonEmail author
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)


This chapter examines how recent renderings of Irish suburbia critique the assumptions and attitudes of the middle classes of south Dublin. Focusing specifically on recent films by John Boorman, Lenny Abrahamson, and Kirsten Sheridan, membership of the middle classes in these films is defined by house-ownership and cultural affiliation to the south Dublin suburbs, to which is attached privilege. Yet this class privilege, which habitually appears to be linked to specific suburban detachment and affluence is not one that is always depicted in positive terms in contemporary Irish cinema; this suggests that Irish film-makers were alert to the more destructive aspects of Celtic Tiger economy, even if they often tended more towards judgmental excoriation than subtle circumspection.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Creative ArtsTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

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