The Irish Film Institute screens ‘Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool’ on April 5 as part of the One City One Book Festival.
On its release in 2004 the film was warmly received at various festivals and went on pick up the award for best documentary at the Boston Film Festival.
A shorter version of the film was screened on RTE. The film will be introduced by the director Sé Merry Doyle and the poet Macdara Woods who was a friend of Kavanagh. The screening is free!
Patrick Kavanagh: No Man’s Fool Free screening 12am April 5th at the Irish Film Institute
Sé Merry Doyle’s award-winning ‘Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool’ is a rich visual journey, exposing the contradiction that existed between Kavanagh’s public persona and his poetry.
The main locations of the film are his native Inniskeen in County Monaghan, and Dublin, where he spent most of his life. Against the odds he survived great poverty and ill health to deliver a canon of powerful and evocative poetry. Contributors to the film include TP McKenna, John Montague, Leland Bardwell, Macdara Woods, Dermot Healy and Kavanagh’s one time girlfriend Deirdre Manifold. Kavanagh’s poetry is read by Gerard McSorley
Winner Best Documentary Boston Film Festival
FILM INFO: (67 minutes, 2004, Director: Sé Merry Doyle)
Sé Merry Doyle and MacDara Woods will introduce this screening.
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The acclaimed documentary ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ was released in Irish cinemas on the 15th June 2012 by Element Films. It is now available on Amazon UK and can be streamed on Volta in Ireland. Since its Premier at the Cork Film Festival , the film has been wowing audiences in Boston, LA, Toronto, and John Ford’s hometown, Portland Maine. The success of the film was acknowledged when The American Institute honoured the documentary in its ‘Best of Europe Season’ while ‘Culture Ireland’ showcased it in MoMa in New York.
About the Film
In the film, Maureen O’Hara, the last surviving member of the cast, is joined by such luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Sheridan and John Wayne’s daughter Aissa. The dreamlike landscape of the West of Ireland where ‘The Quiet Man’ was shot, becomes the backdrop for this revealing portrait of Ford’s return to his own mythical ‘Innisfree’. Extraordinary and never before seen home movie footage of the cast and crew in Ashford Castle contributes to the family-like atmosphere that the film was shot in. Narration is by Gabriel Byrne and the music score is created by Ger Kiely and Paddy Moloney of ‘The Chieftains‘. The film weaves all these elements together to deliver a powerful insight into John Ford’s most personal film.
Dan Ford – Sé Merry Doyle – Peter Bogdanovicz
‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ had its Dublin premier on the 9th of June during the IFTA ‘John Ford Symposium’. The screening was attended by Peter Bogdanovich, Dan Ford, and Ford’s biographer, Joseph McBride. To cap off all this good news ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ was given a gala screening on May 25th at the John Wayne birthday celebrations in his hometown, Iowa. The director Sé Merry Doyle is now planning with Element Film to distribute the film in America and to create a one hour TV special. To learn more about this film go to John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man