Maeve Murphy is an award-winning film director and screen writer from Belfast. Her film, Silent Grace (2001), about the hunger strikes in Armagh gaol in 1980/81, was critically acclaimed and ranked no. 38 in The Irish Times Best 50 Irish films ever made. It was based on a previous production by Trouble and Strife, a women’s theatre company that she co-founded while a student at Cambridge University, which she continued her involvement with after her graduation. Over the years leading into the early 2000s, Maeve produced many works that featured on Channel 4, UTV, RTÉ and some of which were screened at the London and Edinburgh film festivals. Her film Beyond the Fire (2009), which dealt with the topic of sexual assault won the 2010 Best International Feature at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey. Maeve won an award of excellence in the One Reeler Short Film competition in LA with Siobhan (2017), a story of revenge dealing with themes of sexual assault and unresolved conflict. Her novella, Christmas at the Cross, was published by Bridge House Publishing, and was inspired by her experiences while living in King’s Cross, London.
This archive contains material donated by Maeve Murphy, including promotional postcards, flyers, tickets and film guides, newspaper clippings and photographs. Some notable items include a photograph of Maeve Murphy with her peers in Trouble and Strife, photographs from the Angel Film Awards, and reviews for her films Silent Grace, Beyond the Fire, Amazing Grace, and Taking Stock.