Past Productions

JOHN HENRY FOLEY

SCULPTOR OF THE EMPIRE

John Henry Foley – Sculptor of the Empire’ tells the story of the enigmatic 19th century Dublin born sculptor whose great works includes the ‘O Connell Monument’ in Dublin and Prince Albert for the ‘Albert Memorial’ in London’. Great drama unfolds as we reveal how many of his works suffered after Ireland and India gained independence. The IRA blew ‘Viscount Gough’ from his plinth in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 1955 and ‘Lord Outram’ was toppled from his plinth in Calcutta. Stunning visuals take us on a journey that includes Ireland, India and England.

‘John Henry Foley – Sculptor of the Empire’ was shown at the Boston Film Festival and had it’s TV premier on TG4. It was funded by the BCI Sound and Vision fund.

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PATRICK SCOTT

GOLDEN BOY

Patrick Scott is one of the Godfathers of Irish modern art. ‘Golden Boy’ tells of Scott’s extraordinary life. The film begins in February 2002 at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery on the opening of a major retrospective of Patrick Scott’s life’s work.

He was an early member of the White Stag Group, which was formed by refugee painters in Dublin during the emergency years of World War II. After the war he worked as an architect but quit in the early 1950’s to become a full time painter. Scott won the Guggenheim Award in 1958, became the first living Irish artist to have a painting bought by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1960. One of the early modernists, he is particularly well noted for his Gold paintings which he started in the 1960’s and continues to this day.

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SOISCÉAL PHÁRAIC

Soiscéal Pháraic, presented by Páraic Breathnach, broadcaster, actor, artist and polemicist, the programme consistently provided a platform for in-depth examination and analysis of the arts in Ireland. Páraic’s mission is to be provocative, articulate, engaging and sometimes controversial. His unique approach gives Irish television presenting a much-needed shot in the arm.

The series, like Páraic is original, sometimes witty, often irreverent and always passionate- no stone is left unturned in our range of topics for discussion.

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PATRICK KAVANAGH

NO MAN’S FOOL

Loopline Film’s feature length version of Sé Merry Doyle’s film ‘Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool’ has won the BIFF Award for best documentary at the Boston Irish Film Festival. The film 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 and Dermot Healy. There is also an appearance by Kavanagh’s one time girlfriend Deirdre Manifold.

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IMPRINT

‘Imprint’ and its sister show ‘Writers in Profile’ screened on RTE1 have been hailed as the most successful literary programmes ever screened on Irish TV. An imaginative series in the arts and culture arena, ‘Imprint’ has offered adventurous and probing profiles of writer’s lives and worlds while giving the audience a panel of presenters and reviewers who are passionate and compelling in their opinions.

‘Imprint’s’ motto was ‘Navigating The World Of Books’ and to this end, with Theo Dorgan in the chair and a rotating panel of reviewers, ‘Imprint’ reviewed literally hundreds of both Irish and international books. Shows consisted of: reviews, event round-ups, interviews / mini-films with: JG Ballard, Edward Said, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, Doris Lessing, Gore Vidal, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Tom Kilroy, Brendan Kennelly, Joseph O’Connor, Jennifer Johnston, Michael Longley, Dermot Bolger, Paul Durcan, Leland Bardwell, Hugh Leonard, John Montague, Rita Ann Higgins, Patrick McCabe and Oscar Wilde.

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ALIVE ALIVE O

A REQUIEM FOR DUBLIN

Named ‘Documentary Of The Year 2001’ by Ireland’s Sunday Tribune, Sé Merry Doyle’s ‘Alive Alive O – A Requiem For Dublin’ is a one-hour documentary journeying deep into the psyche of Dublin Street Traders and chronicles how an extraordinary culture becomes increasingly overshadowed by the scourge of heroin, the closing of marketplaces and a city that has sold its soul.

Broadcasted on RTE 1 on the 4 September 2001, the film was premiered at the Cork Film Festival and has since won an award at the Galway Film Fleadh as well as being screened at the Bilbao Film Festival – Spain, the Berlin Ethno Film Festival in Germany and the recent documentary festival held in the Irish Centre in Hammersmith, London.

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HIDDEN TREASURES

Hailed by critics as “one of the most important documentary series in a decade”, Hidden Treasures captures the simple beauty of Ireland’s rapidly disappearing folk life. Stunning archive, spanning more than half a century, combines with contemporary footage shot by world-renowned cinematographer John T. Davis to create this four-part classic.

This is the series that caught the imagination of the Irish people, spanning the entire island; it is a saga of self sufficiency played-out against wild landscapes and difficult terrain. This is a story of courage, imagination and resourcefulness. Our heroes and warriors are farmers and fishermen, tinsmiths, thatcher’s and boat builders, ordinary people and their families pitched against the forces of nature, struggling to survive.

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JAMES GANDON

A LIFE

A bittersweet symbol of Britain’s colonial aspirations for Ireland, James Gandon’s architecture still dominates the Dublin skyline after more than two centuries. Inextricably linked to Ireland’s turbulent history, Gandon’s story emerges like a finely tuned thriller, from his clandestine arrival into Ireland in 1781 to the rebel attacks in 1921 that propelled his work to centre stage in the War of Independence.

In this unique and important film, we see the first ever examination of the turbulent life and times of the architect James Gandon from today’s perspective. The Custom House catapulted Gandon to fame as Ireland’s finest architect and plunged him into the heart of a British colony on the brink of rebellion. ‘James Gandon – A Life’ is a film that illustrates in sweeping tones the influence and fall of the Protestant Nation’s dreams for Ireland.

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AHEAD OF THE CLASS

Alienated, frustrated, bullied, lonely and misunderstood. Common adjectives used by the young subjects interviewed in this revealing documentary about the genius child and crippling role that mainstream education plays in their development.

In this one-hour documentary from Loopline Film, director Liam McGrath delves into the unexplored world of gifted children, their everyday lives and challenges, hopes, desires and struggle for acceptance.

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EMO COURT

THE STORY OF A HOUSE



This beautiful film captures the moment when one of Ireland’s most famous country houses is handed over to the Irish state by the present owner Choumley Choumley Deering Harrison.

The house was designed in the 1800s by James Gandon for the 1st Earl of Portarlington. During the War of Independence the Earl and his family fled to Australia. Choumley Choumley Deering Harrison bought the house in the seventies and made it a life time task to completely restore it. He also restored the nearby church in Emo. This is a story about the saving of Ireland’s most famous Big House.


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FARMLEIGH

THE STORY OF A HOUSE

‘Farmleigh – The Story Of A House’ revolves around the opening of Ireland’s first state Residence for visiting dignitaries. This film was a prestigious commission from the Office Of Public Works. Beautifully shot and crafted, the documentary charts both the history and future of this prestigious stately home as the mammoth restoration works come to completion in readiness for its grand opening to the public.

Meticulously filmed to capture the beauty of the house and its rooms, which hold great secrets and history, the documentary presents a visually stunning journey through Farmleigh as it returns to its graceful and opulent past splendour.

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A GOOD AGE

‘A Good Age’, directed by Sé Merry Doyle is a groundbreaking six-part series tackling head-on the myths and misconceptions that result in ageism. A forthright approach was taken throughout as the joys and realities of getting older are examined.

Sé took the unusual step of encouraging the main participants to write their own testimonies which in turn gave them a sense of empowerment over the stories they told. The series is peppered with extraordinary tales of people young and old who have warmed to the different themes in each episode.

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