Hugh Lane Feature Drama Documentary, Citizen Lane, Released in Irish Cinemas, Friday 18 May

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Hugh Lane Feature Drama Documentary, Citizen Lane, Released in Irish Cinemas, Friday 18 May

Posted: 16th May 2018

Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s feature drama documentary, Citizen Lane, is released in Irish cinemas this Friday, 18 May.

Citizen Lane is an innovative mix of documentary and drama that delivers a vivid and compelling portrait of Hugh Lane, one of the most fascinating and yet enigmatic figures in modern Irish history.

A man of multiple contradictions, by turns infuriatingly parsimonious or extraordinarily generous, a professed nationalist and a knight of the realm; a monumental snob and a fearless campaigner for access to the arts.

The drama is intercut with interviews from contemporary documentary contributors such as Professors Roy Foster and Paul Rouse and Art Historian Morna O’Neill, who offer a narrative richly illustrated by the paintings of Lane’s collection with a twist in its tail in the long-running campaign to recover for Ireland Lane’s Bequest of 39 great Impressionist paintings, Monet, Renoir and Manet among them, left unwittingly to the National Gallery London.

Citizen Lane stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Hugh Lane, Michael Gambon as Lord Ardilaun, Marty Rae as William Orpen and Derbhle Crotty as Lady Augusta Gregory.

Citizen Lane is directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan with the drama written by Mark O’Halloran and produced by Sheila Ahern, James Mitchell, and Jane Doolan for Soho Moon Pictures and Mammoth Films. The title is funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), RTÉ and The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the participation of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.