International Press Coverage of "The Rising"

Press Release

With the relaunch campaign, we wanted to highlight some of the recent international press coverage we have received, as well as all of the coverage so far. Check it out.

Newstalk FM (December 7 2014): 

Kevin McCann radio interview on Talking History. (December 7 2014): 

Shane MacGowan to Join Easter Rising Film. (December 4, 2014)

Irish America Magazine (November 13 2014): 

The Rising Gets a Kickstarter

The Irish Times 

“McCann has raised over €100,000 to develop the film which is already attracting a lot of interest. He has discussed the project with Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan while US lobbyist Tom O’Neill son of legendary Irish American politician Tip, has , he says, been very supportive. Hollywood actor Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men and Milk) has been sent the screenplay which McCann co-wrote with New York-based writer Colin Broderick. McCann says the star is interested in the project but at 48 is possibly too old to play the central role.”

Social Media Team

“One of Seven Must Go-To Events for Dublin Festival of History 2014″

"Colin Broderick: Why Are the Irish So Afraid to Talk about the Easter 1916 Rising?"

“Momentum Building Around 1916 Movie”

The Irish Story

“The film is the brainchild of Cavan and Belfast based Kevin McCann, whose company Maccana Teoranta (‘Sons of the Border’) backed by the Northern Ireland Screen film board, will be starting filming in 2015. McCann argues that, ‘the events of Easter Week 1916 still resonate through Irish life today and it would be an act of cultural delinquency if we were to allow the centenary of these seminal events to pass by without telling the story in cinema’. The Easter Rising has been depicted surprisingly few times in cinema. A new film produced and directed by Kevin McCann hopes to change that.”
‍Kevin McCann at NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2014. 

“The film will look at both sides of the story,” explains Kevin, “Like all epic stories, it will highlight inequalities across an empire.”

The Mayo News

“We want genuine support, and like The Rising, we want people to come together … these powerful stories need to be brought to film,” said [Kevin McCann], who plans to launch a crowdfunding initiative soon."

Irish Daily Star

Kevin McCann and Colin Broderick

Leitrim Observer

“Council Commits €10,000 to Mac Diarmada Film Project”

Seán Mac Diarmada

History News Network

“The development of this film will provide the people with a chance to help bring this watershed moment in Irish history to the big screen. The compelling tale of how men and women fought for independence deserves to be told, and there is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of telling it. Whether by investing in the production or by taking part in the film, as in 1916, we need Irish men and women to join in as I put my shoulder to the wheel and make this vision a reality. With the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising approaching there is a groundswell of interest in the story of how a group of men and women banded together to transform the future of their homeland. This is not just an Irish story, it is a human story about fighting for freedom from oppression. I urge everyone in the Irish-American community to support this project. Please connect with us through the social media links at and help me bring this exciting story to life.”


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