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Citizen Lane

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Citizen Lane

Starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Michael Gambon, Marty Rae, Derbhle Crotty, Bosco Hogan, Lesley Conroy, Gemma Leah Deveraux
'Citizen Lane' is an innovative mix of documentary and drama that delivers a vivid and compelling portrait of Hugh Lane, one of the most fascinating and yet enigmatic figures in modern Irish history. A man of multiple contradictions, by turns infuriatingly parsimonious or extraordinarily generous, a professed nationalist and a knight of the realm; a monumental snob and a fearless campaigner for access to the arts. The film is directed by Thaddeus O Sullivan, with the drama written by Mark O'Halloran and starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Hugh Lane. The drama is intercut with interviews from contemporary documentary contributors such as historian Professors Roy Foster and Paul Rouse and Art Historian Morna O'Neill who offer a narrative richly illustrated by the paintings of his collection with a twist in its tail in the long-running campaign to recover for Ireland Lane's Bequest of 39 great impressionist paintings, amongst them Monet, Renoir and Manet.