Ireland’s Rappers Revealed

Initially produced by Ronin Films for RTÉ and then acquired by BBC3 & broadcast throughout July 2012.  Stayed in the most popular section on BBC iplayer for about a week and trended on twitter all over UK & Ireland.  See the first cut below.


Time Out: Pick of the Day: Four stars ****

Raw, feisty and ‘hungrier than Bobby Sands’, Dublin has a surprisingly lively hip hop scene. Ronan McCloskey’s film feels appropriately lo-fi: there are no bogus ‘journeys’ here and no particular filmic flourishes either. Instead, McCloskey offers a snapshot of a subculture. There’s talent here – particular kudos to female rapper Temper-Mental Misselayneous, who possibly needs a snappier name but is overflowing with verbal adventure. The conditions on Ireland’s impoverished estates are a wild-card factor though: poverty and discontent often breed good art, but the scene’s main players also need to earn a living and find a way out of a sociocultural backwater while maintaining the integrity of their visions. A stirring underdog tale, told with heart. Phil Harrison

Guardian: Pick of the Day

What it says on the tin: a doc focussing on the burgeoning Irish rap scene. As the economy has nose-dived, the disaffected youth of the republic have vented their frustrations in rhyme. Well, some have. Groups such as the Class A’z have no deal but ply their trade from club to club in Dublin’s underground scene, gathering an online audience with songs such as Guns of Dublin and Honest Bullshit. Unfortunately for them, though, they couldn’t look less like pop stars. But are they delusional gangsta wannabes or an authentic voice of the street? You decide. JNR

BBC Billing:

Ireland’s economic recession has caused a boom in one of the unlikeliest sectors of the music industry – Irish rap. This no-holds-barred film follows bands such as the Class A’z as they tour Dublin’s working-class clubs trying to find an audience amongst the country’s disaffected youth. Despite millions of internet hits the band remain unsigned and competition for dwindling audiences has led to feuds and fights amongst rival rappers. This is a warm-hearted film about growing up as a rapper in Ireland and the struggle to find fame in a genre that is frequently ridiculed.