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Lament for Patrick Ireland screens at Viewfinders Film Festival Co, Clare

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Sé Merry Doyle’s documentary ‘Lament for Patrick Ireland’ records one of the most political gestures ever undertaken by an Irish artist. On the 20th May 2008 a most extraordinary event took place in Dublin. An eighty year old artist called Brian O’ Doherty came back from New York, where he has been living for the last 50 years, to kill off his alter ego, Patrick Ireland.

 

An effigy was made of Patrick Ireland and he was then buried  in the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in a ceremony attended by over  five hundred people.

It was a hugely resonant and emotional happening as Patrick Ireland had been created over 35 years before as a symbolic gesture of protest after the events of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Derry when the British Military murdered thirteen unarmed  people during a peaceful march for Civil Rights. At that time Brian O Doherty vowed that he would stay in the character of Patrick Ireland for as long as it took for the British Army to leave Ireland and for Civil Rights to be ensured for all.

The film will view as part of the VIEWFINDERS FILM FESTIVAL on the 31st of March in Ballyvaughan County Clare. The film was fully funded by the Irish Film board.

Boston screens ‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’.

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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’.

 

‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’ Canadian Premier

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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’ Canadian Premier

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‘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.