Irish Film & TV Research Online is a website designed to bring together the research material relating to Irish-made cinema and television as well as to Irish-themed audio-visual representations produced outside of Ireland. It also incorproates historically imporant silent films made in Ireland and provides an insight into the official response to foreign cinema in Ireland. It incorporates three searchable databases: Irish Film & Television Index 1896-2006; Irish Silent Films 1910-15; and Irish Film Censors’ reports, 1923-1938. The project is based in the School of Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin.
The impetus for the Irish Film & Television Index was Kevin Rockett’s The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films 1896 – 1996 (Dublin, 1996), which documented all fiction films made in Ireland and about Ireland and the Irish produced worldwide since the beginnings of cinema. The Irish Filmography drew on the archival and paper records of many of the world’s leading film archives and specialist libraries, including the Irish Film Institute; British Film Insitute; Library of Congress; Museum of Modern Art; and the National Film & Sound Archives of Australia.