While those of you paid who attention in school, or even the history buffs out there, will probably know all about the politically turbulent time that led to the events of the Easter Rising, many out there pretty much rely on the first half hour of 'Michael Collins'. This documentary is a chance to get to know just what happened in the decades preceding this monumental event, when intellectual, political and military activity reached a degree of intensity never was seen before or since in Ireland, and laid the stepping stones for the foundation of the Irish state and the claim to sovereignty. And we are a Sovereign nation - even Russell Crowe knows it.