Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Mark Lynch 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Mark Lynch is an award-winning director from Cork, currently completing his final year at the National Film School in IADT. He has a passion for writing/directing and draws heavily from his own experiences for his projects. He has also gained experience in production and has worked on a wide variety of projects, from short films to a documentary series. His most recent project Wherever You Are won runner up at the Emerging Director Awards 2024. He also won Best Overall Film in the First Frames category at Dublin International Film Festival 2021 with his short film His Car.

The Liberation of Grief in Film

This thesis investigates how the feeling of grief is portrayed in film, what tools a filmmaker uses to show this emotion, and, most importantly, how they show liberation from this emotion.

Films that deal with grief, or, as Richard Armstrong has coined, “Mourning Films”, are connected to the drama genre. I will explore three films that expertly showcase this journey: Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Three Colors: Blue”, Anthony Minghella’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People”, and how they portray characters being liberated from their grief.