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
Fresh on the heels of a Gala screening at the Toronto Irish Film Festival ‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’ gets a New England premier in Boston on the 25th March. The Boston Irish Festival screening is sponsored by the Irish Film Board, IFTA and the John Ford Foundation. The film has now been taken up by the distribution company Element Pictures (THE GUARD) and will get a cinema release later this year. Plans are also afoot to restore the original film and to secure a brand new digital print ready for this years 60th anniversary of the making of ‘The Quiet Man’.
Great excitement in Toronto for Canadian Premier on Friday 9th March. The folks in Toronto are pulling out all the stops and ‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’ opens the festival with a Gala screening. Sadly the Director of the film Sé Merry Doyle will not be in attendance as he has a fear of flying but the good news is that his Producer Vanessa Gildea will attend. It is with the great support of the Irish Film Board and BAI that the film is getting such prestigious showing across the globe. We salute them!
The American magazine writes “Dreaming The Quiet Man” is a truly remarkable new film which dissects one of the greatest films in Irish and American (and apparently Canadian!) history – John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’. The film premieres at the Toronto Irish Film Festival March 9th, 2012 in the Bell Lightbox Festival Tower and Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Quiet Man was a film about mythical Irish life and values told through the incredible talents of Irish film maker John Ford. Now, Irishman and actor Gabriel Byrne narrates a film that delves into the films greater collective meaning and how it stands up in modern society”.
The film features Mauren O’Hara, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovicz, Jim Sheridan, John Ford’s cousins,the Feeney’s and Narration is by Gabriel Byrne. The locations of Conemara and Cong, County Mayo, are captured in all their beauty by Oscar nominated cameraman Patrick Jordan.
Maureen O’Hara has taped a special message for the audience attending, what promises to be a wonderful evening.
‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’ will have its Canadian Premier on the 9th March. It will have a Gala Screening on the opening night of the Toronto Irish Film Festival. The evening has been sponsored by Bord Failte – the Irish Tourist Board. The film is then going on to Boston on the 22nd March and will also feature as the main event for the John Wayne Festival in Iowa on May 26th.
‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’ is directed by Sé Merry Doyle and features interviews with Maureen O’Hara, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovicz, Jim Sheridan and John Ford’s relations the Feeney’s from Conemara. The narration is by Gabriel Byrne and there is a beautiful music score by Ger Kiely and Paddy Moloney from the Chieftains.