Join LJMU academics for the Liverpool Irish Festival
06 October 2011
As part of the Liverpool Irish Festival, a short film series presented and introduced by Dr Gerry Smyth, Reader in Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University will take place between 26 and 28 October.
Wednesday 26 October, 6.30pm
(John Ford, 1935; US. 12a. 91 mins)
John Ford’s The Informer is based on the controversial novel published by Liam O’Flaherty in 1925. Set in the aftermath of the political upheavals in Ireland in the early twentieth century, it tells the story of a disaffected member of the IRA who betrays one of his former comrades for a bounty of £20.The Informer is clearly the work of a master film-maker in the offing, winning four Academy Awards, including the first of Ford’s four Oscars for Best Director.
Thursday 27 October, 6.00pm
(Joseph Strick, 1967; UK/USA. 15 cert. 132 mins)
Independent American film-maker Joseph Strick attempted what many people consider to be the impossible with this adaptation of James Joyce’s infamous novel Ulysses. Set in Dublin over the course of a single day (June 16th 1904), Ulysses tells the interlocking stories of the young teacher and would-be writer Stephen Dedalus, the middle-aged advertising canvasser Leopold Bloom, and the latter’s wife Molly. Betrayal – personal and political – stalks them throughout the day, and yet Joyce’s vision of modern life remains essentially comic and optimistic.
Pavee Lackeen - The Traveller Girl
Friday 28 October, 6.30pm
(Perry Ogden, 2005; Ire. 15 cert. 88 mins)
Pavee Lackeen tells the story of ten-year-old Winnie, a traveller girl living with her family in a caravan near the Dublin docks. Beaten and betrayed, Winnie becomes a defiant symbol of those denied access to the Irish economic miracle.
Showings take place at the Picturehouse at FACT, 88 Wood Street, L1 4DQ. Tickets £6 Bookings: 08717 042063 Online booking: www.picturehouse.co.uk
Also as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival, two LJMU academics will perform their dramatic adaptation of The Brother by celebrated Irish writer Flann O’Brien.
After successful shows in Liverpool and Vienna earlier in the year, David Llewellyn (Drama) and Gerry Smyth (English) will perform this one-act, hour-long adaptation at the Fly in the Loaf pub in Hardman Street on Saturday 29 October at 8.00pm and on Sunday 30 October at 7.00pm.
This is a free performance, but as there is limited space in the venue, you are advised to turn up early to avoid disappointment.