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The Field-A Movie About Ireland

A Movie filmed and released in Ireland, in 1990 by Jim Sheridan.

Based on the stage play of the same name written by John B Keene.

(Produced by Gemini Productions at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin in 1965.)

Review by Sir Peter James Dotcome.

I viewed the movie through the courtesy of YouTube, and the quality of the picture and sound were far below par.  Jim Sheridan’s work stemmed from a fictional play by John B Keene and set in County Kerry, Ireland, 1930.  The filming took place in the village of Leenaun, County Galway and the screenplay was that of Jim Sheridan.

Jim, it seems by comparison with the play, used a sizeable amount of poetic license in writing his screenplay.  More about this later.

Ireland is a country where natives fought for the right to own land; they had their fill of being subjugated by landlords from other ethnic and cultural origins.  I don’t think it is unfair to say that the natives of Ireland were angry and bitter.  The great famine of 1845 exacerbated this situation.

The movie tells us a story about a fictional village in 1930s Ireland.  Bull McCabe (Richard Harris,) the protagonist, is an Irish village farmer.  Four primary characters, Bull’s son, Tadgh, Bird, Bull’s sidekick, Mick, publican, and auctioneer.  Finally, the local Priest.  A host of other characters supports these.

Bull is a farmer who rents a small field from a widow and has done so for five years.  Over these years, his dedicated care of the field had yielded fine nutritious fodder for his heifers.  Raising and selling these animals is his livelihood.

The Widow struggles to live on her pension and decides to auction off her field.  Bull tells the local population that he has a right to have the lot as, in his curatorship, the value has increased.  The Widow puts a reserve on the field and awaits the outcome.  Bull sets about various underhanded means to stop the auction from being publicized.  He does this with the aid of Mick, who is managing the auction event.  Bull states that he is willing to pay £50, half of the reserve the Widow has set.

Enter a new character, Peter, an American, the antagonist, who has generational roots in the area.  Peter wants the field to further his business interests and drives the bidding up, forcing Bull to exceed his £50 bid to £80.  Mick halts the auction telling everyone they must return the following day.

Bull and Tadgh, his son, take advantage of the situation and decide to threaten Peter with a beating if he does not leave the village at once.  Waylaying him in the dark, they threaten Peter, and then Bull sets Tadgh up to fight Peter.  Without any further details, save it to say that in the course of the beating Bull accidentally kills Peter.

I’m sure you will want to know more, so watch the movie.

But there is more from me.

For what the movie lacks in quality, it’s explosive on emotion – the actual value.

Irrespective of your belief system, possible empathies for souls suffering at the hands of their landlords over the centuries; You will need some understanding of this situation.

The Priest had warned Bull not to go outside the law in his dealing with the property sale, but Bull retorted by releasing his deeply emotive reasons for wanting the field.

After the murder of Peter (what may have been decided by the court as a case of manslaughter), not one person in the community would assist the police investigative team.  The Priest and Police Sergeant appealed to the community, but to no avail.  The Priest finally gave a fire-and-damnation sermon to the community on Sunday, telling them that not only was the perpetrator guilty of suffering eternally in hell, but they too were liars and equally guilty.  He followed by refusing all rights offered by the church and closing its doors.

While the police were searching in the sea for a mule, killed in anger by Tadgh and Bull, Peter’s body was discovered.  At this point, Bull realized what he had done and lost his mind.

What emerged out of this carnage?

The Widow received the value of her property.  Bird, Bull’s faithful sidekick, was the successful bidder at £101.  Peter lost his life.  His wife was widowed, and his child was subsequently fatherless.  Bull took his life and the lives of his son and livestock.  If you believe the Priest, the community is now under the sword of Damocles’.

How would you judge the morality in this story?

I would not point the finger at any one party (just my point of view here.) But let me share my point of view anyway.

Two businessmen lock horns over an issue.  Both are passionate men wanting their way.

One is from some eight generations of persecution by landlords, mainly of foreign ethnicity.  His philosophy says, ‘ownership of land is everything,’ and his philosophy is followed by powerful emotion, to the point where he places himself above the law.

The other was a successful and seemingly arrogant young man who wanted to appease his wife, an Irish native.  She tried to return to Ireland at any cost.  Possibly his trust in the law was his undoing.  We all know the law is something wealthy lawyers debate in court, charging huge fees.  The law does not offer anyone physical protection.  There is the probability, although having Irish roots, he did not research its painful history sufficiently.

Lastly, I would like to mention that I read the book of the play text in conjunction with viewing the movie.

In his play, Keene’s text has quite a few differences compared to the movie.  Out of interest, why don’t you read the play version and find out for yourself?

Principally, Keene ends his play with murder (no possibility of manslaughter) committed by a man who now has his land and is untouchable by the law.  The community in silent support has packing tape over their lips. Another interesting point is that the antagonist in the play is a certain man named William, who hails from England. I am not certain if the English factor plays a part here, but it bears some thought at least.

What should we make of this find?  Nothing really; one man was writing a play in protest and the other, what he hoped would be a box office hit. What do you think?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – Are You Good.

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Are You Good?

It is said, “Only the good die young.” I didn’t die young, so on the premise of this statement, I’m not good. But I’m OK with that. Being ‘not Good.’ that is. I have no idea what the word ‘good’ actually means as it is not in my dictionary. Seriously though, I read that over some 475 years, life expectancy has grown from 34 to 81 years in England. So what does this tell me, there must less ‘good’ people in England today? By the way, I have a deal with my creator; to live up to 120 years and die in sound body and mind. People ask, “Who wants to live to be that old?” I reply, “me.” “Why?” they question. “Because I love my life on this earth and I want to experience as much more of it as possible,” I reply. “Come to think of it, you don’t look your eighty years; you don’t look a day older than sixty, to what do you attribute this condition?” They continue. “My soul is well and so my body follows suit,” I respond.

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Ireland, Snippets of History – County Wicklow.

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Aside of the beauty and incredible ‘greenness’ of Ireland, there is the matter of its’ prolific and fascinating history.

Today, we’ll make a wee journey through, not only recent, but also ancient history relating to an area, and more specifically an Irish village in County Wicklow.

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Mother Africa

I read this article on FaceBook Dec 13-20“WHAT AN AMAZING PIECE DESCRIBING SA. Despite being grateful to be in a country where there is basic safety for all, ohhhh the magic of Africa runs deep……. May my birth mother survive what is being done unto her, by those who do not know her value and do not appreciate her true beauty…

Author J. Ikin

I sit here quietly thinking about what it means to me to be South African, a visitor to South Africa or even African. It seems easier to explain the effect that this land has on me…

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Trust Yourself, You Did The Right Thing

 

For what it’s worth I have found there is some commonness in the severity levels of events and how we humans respond to them.Dreams 8

One scale said that the following events stressed humans more than others (Laid out in order of their severity):

  1. Death of a loved one.
  2. Divorce.
  3. Moving.
  4. Major illness or injury.
  5. Job loss.

I, for one have suffered all these traumas and I’m certain there are those among you who have suffered some or all as well.

I mention this scale because I am convinced that few people appreciate what a trauma ‘moving home’ is. Greater still would be moving home to another country.

This is where ‘South Africans Moving to Ireland (SA2 Eire)’ features. I am most grateful for the people who founded and manage this site. To say nothing of those that populate it with their stories and requests.

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Ye Espice Ilande

The Wisdom of Crusty Pirates.

It were in the yeare anno domini 1609, when that bold Captain Petre Jamese did seil his vaissel into ye Espice Ilandes, of Mollucos; there to seeke his fortune. For surely, mani were of the espices; notemyge, clufe and cinamone. Greate were wealthe of these to be had for those who were bolde to collecte.

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Ye Espice Ilande

Twas a faire daye when Captain seiled into ye bay. His crewe layed anka, after ye trusty vaissel quieted in stille waters of bay.

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The 5 youngest teenagers to score a hat trick in the Europa or Champions League

Elizabeth-Jane Ringrose, through her latter years at high school and her five year degree study at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, has been an avid soccer fan.

After her graduation from Wits this year she left to seek her fortune in England.

She remains an avid fan of the soccer world and her ardent writing on the sport attests to this fact.

Your courage and fortitude in reaching your ‘goals’, literally and metaphorically Elizabeth, have placed you in a deserving position for fame and fortune!

My wish is that all who read and follow your writing, will share them with others, so as they may enjoy reading as much as you have the writing.

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Are Chelsea pulling off the ‘United way’ better than Ole?

Elizabeth-Jane Ringrose, through her latter years at high school and her five year degree study at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, has been an avid soccer fan.

After her graduation from Wits this year she left to seek her fortune in England.

She remains an avid fan of the soccer world and her ardent writing on the sport attests to this fact.

Your courage and fortitude in reaching your ‘goals’, literally and metaphorically Elizabeth, have placed you in a deserving position for fame and fortune!

My wish is that all who read and follow your writing, will share them with others, so as they may enjoy reading as much as you have the writing.

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What Land Belongs to Who….?

In May 2015 Thomas Beddy responded to a comment by our then President Jacob Zuma on Facebook.

In the run-up to our next general election, like most countries in the world, hot headed politicians are, in one form or another, broadcasting all manner of gross exaggerations to the their followers and the electorate in general.

The comment of Mr Beddy I thought was absolutely brilliantly written, in response to Mr Jacob Zuma’s statement that, all the problems in South Africa started with the arrival Rand Noteof Jan Van Riebeeck in 1652.

His article reads thus and I quote verbatim from his Facebook Page:

As a header the face of Jan Van Riebeeck is cartooned saying, “Stop blaming me for all your shit!!! Pay back the money”.

“A Brit responded..

I know, I know.. We had the same problems in England you know..

First we had the Picts and the Scots. And then came the Romans who stuck around for for about four centuries. Then we had the Angels and Saxons and all those other Germanic tribes. Oh ho. Then came the Danes and their Viking mates, a nauseating bunch of horney helmeted rapists and looters they were.

Nevertheless the Danes were eventually displaced by the Normans, who turned out to be Frenchmen in disguise – but we were a bit slow to recognize the fact until it was too late; Anyway they were led by the Duke of Normandy, who was a real bastard and who gave our wimpy king a right one in the eye. (The bloody French are still hanging around with their cheese and their bread and their wine  and their accordion music and their fancy restaurants, seducing our people away from our culture of slap chips and custard.)

And then, and then, came the Dutch when King William and Queen Mary of Orange popped over and started causing nonsense with the Irish at the battle of the Boyne. The Irish have never completely forgiven us, so they came over and settled all our building sites.

Then the Germans came back again, surreptitiously, and occupied top of the Mall in Buckingham Palace…

And where are we now…? Now we have Arabs, Pakistanis, Indians, Caribbeans, Syrians, the Oz, Italians, Americans, Canadians, Poles, Portuguese, Saudis, Kuwaitis, Moroccans Egyptians, Iranians, Palestinians, Israeli Jews, Ethiopians, Somalis, Nigerians, Rhodesians, Scots (to run the government), and (whoa!) South Africans…

Its been going on for two thousand years.

It’s an outrage…

And yet, and yet…all these people (well most!) have contributed to make England and the English a great democratic nation.

And yet, I have never felt the slightest inclination to bomb Rome, to shatter the Pyramids, , to close a Pakistani restaurant, to nuke the Ka’aba in Mecca, to blow up a bus in Jerusalem, to chop off the head of a Nigerian etc. (And even if I have, I have controlled myself from saying so.)……”

There is more – find it on Facebook.

I have published this article, because I feel Mr. Thomas Beddy has a good sense of humour, which is something we need more of in this world of ours today.