Hang Up Your Brightest Colours

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Hang Up Your Brightest Colours
Directed by Antony Thomas
Produced by Kenneth Griffith
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Country United Kingdom

Hang Up Your Brightest Colours is a 1973 film by Welsh actor and filmmaker Kenneth Griffith, about the life and death of Irish Republican leader Michael Collins. It was directed by Antony Thomas.

Although usually classed as a documentary, the film more closely resembles a dramatic monologue, with Griffith frequently delivering quotes by key figures such as David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, and Collins himself "in character."

The film was commissioned by media mogul Lew Grade for transmission by ATV, the ITV region covering the Midlands he controlled at the time. Grade had, in fact, offered to fund whatever subject Griffith wanted to make, but when he viewed the finished film, he refused to show it. In his memoirs, Griffith claimed that Grade was unofficially instructed not to offer the film to the IBA for network transmission, so that the Association would not have to reject it and therefore could be accused of political censorship.[1] Griffith took legal action, received an out-of-court settlement and built his home - Michael Collins House - in Islington with the proceeds.

The film has been described as, "finest of all (of Griffith's) drama-docs," and, "more courageous and incendiary than the later Neil Jordan movie."[2] It was first broadcast on BBC One in Wales only in 1993, and networked across the United Kingdom by BBC Two the following year.[3]


  1. ^ 'One of a kind' Welshman and friend of Ireland, Irish Democrat, 8 September 2006
  2. ^ Hang Up Your Brightest Colours (15), Cardiff Screen Festival, 12 November 2006
  3. ^ TV Troubles: Hang Up Your Brightest Colours, BBC Two England, 13 August 1994 19.30

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