Amongst Women (1998) A 4-Part BBC Ireland Drama
Directed by Tom Cairns. The screenplay was written by Adrian Hodges. Starred Tony Doyle as Michael Moran.
Also starred: Ger Ryan, Susan Lynch, Geraldine O'Rawe, Anne-Marie Duff, Brían F. O'Byrne,
Note: this is not the original NTSC (USA) Region1 dvd release. It is a recoded copy which will play worldwide on a standard dvd player.
Based on John McGahern's novel of the same name Amongst Women is a powerful 4 part drama which brilliantly portrays the Moran family through the 50's and 60s.
Tony Doyle leads the group as the father who is disgusted with the Irish politics after spending time as a soldier in the IRA. He has a huge anger management problem, is selfish, brutal
As the series opens Michael Moran's wife has just died leaving him 5 children to rear. The oldest Luke clashes with his father while the three daughters Maggie, Sheila and Mona all work in the home to fill their mother's void and keep their difficult father calm. The youngest child Michael is the apple of his father's eye.
Moran has high hopes that his younger son will take over the farm but when the youngster embarks on an affair with a local girl named Nell he clashes violently with his father and departs the family home much as Luke had a decade before.
Format: NTSC on DVD-R
Language: English (no subtitles)
Region: Multi-Region '0'(free) so will play worldwide on a standard dvd player
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Source: copy/transfer from an import
Quality: 8.5/10 (better than video)
Runtime: 60 x 4 = 240 Minutes (approx)
Number of discs: 2
Presentation: double dvd case with case cover and inkjet printed discs. Simple menu for ease of viewing.