Hello, my name is Louise Mackey, and this is my blog Scéal Milis. The title means ‘sweet story’ in Irish. I started this blog as part of my Master’s coursework, but over time it has expanded to look at themes and issues explored in modern film, television and literature, both in Ireland and around the world.
I graduated from University College Cork in 2016 with a BA in English and History and later completed an MA in English, specialising in Irish Writing and Film. My area of interest is contemporary Irish film and television. During my MA year, I focused on how recent Irish film and television has explored issues facing young people in modern Ireland. In particular, I am interested in the portrayal of depression, social isolation, masculinity, drug abuse, binge drinking and emigration.
My MA thesis was entitled The stunted development of young people in recent Irish film and television and focused on Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary, Stefanie Preissner’s Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope and Eugene O’Brien’s Pure Mule. Looking at the portrayal of young characters in these texts, my thesis explored the effects of toxic relationships, binge drinking and emigration on young people in modern Ireland.