Ascendancy (film)

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Directed by Edward Bennett
Produced by Penny Clark
Written byEdward Bennett
Nigel Gearing
Starring Julie Covington
Ian Charleson
Music by Ronnie Leahy
Cinematography Clive Tickner
Edited byCharles Rees
George Akers
Distributed byProduction company:
British Film Institute
Release date
  • 28 April 1983 (1983-04-28)(UK)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£250,000 [1] or £183,000 [2]

Ascendancy is a 1983 British drama film directed by Edward Bennett and starring Julie Covington and Ian Charleson. [3] It tells the story of a woman who is a member of the British landowning 'Ascendancy' in Ireland during World War I. Gradually, she learns about the Irish independence movement, and becomes involved with it. [4]




The film was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Golden Bear. [5]

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