Ascendancy (film)

Ascendancy is a 1983 British drama film directed by Edward Bennett and starring Julie Covington and Ian Charleson. 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.

Directed byEdward Bennett
Produced byPenny Clark
Written byEdward Bennett
Nigel Gearing
StarringJulie Covington
Ian Charleson
Music byRonnie Leahy
CinematographyClive Tickner
Distributed byProduction company:
British Film Institute
Release date
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



The film was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Golden Bear.[2]


  1. BRITISH PRODUCTION 1981 Moses, Antoinette. Sight and Sound; London Vol. 51, Iss. 4, (Fall 1982): 258.
  2. "Berlinale: 1983 Prize Winners". Retrieved 14 November 2010.
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