A free film series during the 2015 Cork International Short Story Festival, including documentaries about influential Irish writers and artists, and adaptations of Irish stories. The series is to be screened in the fantastic Triskel Arts Centre Christchurch venue.
Frank O'Connor: Self-Portrait
23 September at 11am
A film in two parts recorded especially for the first week of broadcast of Telefís Eireann in 1962. Directed by Michael Johnston. Approx. 60 minutes.
Séamus Murphy: A Quiet Revolution and The Martyr
24 September at 11am
Séamus Murphy: A Quiet Revolution is a film from Cork director Padraig Trehy. The Cork-born sculptor Seamus Murphy (1907-1975) was one of the foremost artists in Ireland in the middle decades of the twentieth-century. Apart from a year studying in Paris in the 1930s, Murphy spent his entire working life as an artist living in Cork City. Murphy’s struggle to survive as an artist mirrored that of the emerging nation around him. In his art and craft Murphy attempted to create work which would be distinctly Irish and would encourage others to look within the bounds of the island and not without, for inspiration. 59 minutes.
The Martyr is a TV adaption of a Frank O'Connor story, in which an IRA character played by one Ronald Reagan opens the door to a Free State officer played by Lee Marvin. (1954) Approx. 30 minutes.
Documentaries on William Trevor, Edna O'Brien, and Frank O'Connor
25 September at 11am
Full program approx. 60 minutes
Writer in Profile: William Trevor. (RTE) Novelist and short-story writer William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in the Republic of Ireland on 24 May 1928. William Trevor is one of the most prolific writers to have emerged from modern Ireland. He has written close to twenty novels, fifteen collections of short stories, he has produced eleven theatre plays, thirteen radio plays and over thirty-seven television scripts. In 1977 he received a CBE and has won Whitbread awards in 1976, 1983, 1994 and 1995.
Writer in Profile: Edna O'Brien. (RTE) Irish novelist and short-story writer Edna O'Brien was born on 15 December 1930 in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland. Edna O'Brien is the author of The Country Girls Trilogy, The Light of Evening, Saints and Sinners, Country Girl, and other widely acclaimed books. She has lived in London for many years.
Monitor: Frank O'Connor (BBC Monitor, 1961). Not only an insightful glimpse into O'Connor the man and writer, but also an affecting portrait of Cork city more than fifty years ago.