I Want Peace

I Want Peace

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14/07/1921 (of event)






35mm, film, intertitles

black and white


National Film and Television Archive


British Film Institute

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14 July, 1921. Eamon De Valera and his Sinn Fein Ministers arrive in London to negotiate with the British government about a peaceful resolution to the Anglo-Irish War. These talks led to the signing of the controversial Anglo-Irish Treaty five months later.


The month of July was a particularly violent month, especially in Belfast. Sixteen Catholics and seven Protestants were killed while two hundred Catholic homes were destroyed. The newsreels, always keen to avoid controversy where possible, did not reflect this conflict in their coverage. Instead of reporting the sectarian attacks raging throughout Northern Ireland, reports on the violence were sparse in July's newsreels. Pathé reports on ‘Irish Pony Show’ and ‘Irish Pageant’, ‘Phoenix Park Races’, ‘Irish Polo Season’ while Gaumont covers ‘Lord Londonderry’s Garden Party at Botanic Gardens’ with footage of James Craig, marquees, the gardens, smiling guests and children on donkeys and in fancy dress.

Shot List

'Topical Budget. I Want Peace. De Valera and his Sinn Fein Ministers arrive in London.' View of De Valera sitting in the back seat of a car, the car is then seen driving through a dense crowd. 00:30 'Establishes his Government at the 'Grosvenor'.' Four men standing - unidentified men, Arthur Griffith and Eamon De Valera on right.


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