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A boatload of wild Irishmen

By Brian Winston, Chris Hainstock and Mac Dara O Curraidhin

Abstract

The Cinema of Robert Flaherty\ud A 90 minute documentary about the life and film work of Robert Flaherty. Edited at University of Lincoln, filmed in HD from locations around the world. SCript written by Prof Brian WInston.\ud Robert Flaherty (1884-1951) was the man credited with being the father of the modern documentary film after he produced and directed "Nanook of the North" in 1922. Flaherty is one of the great name directors in the history of cinema and to this day films such as "Nanook of the North", "Moana", "Man of Aran" and "Louisiana Story" are widely regarded as classics and still regularly screened.\ud But this entertaining portrait of Flaherty shrewdly looks beyond standard polemical positions to present a complex view of the man and his work (shown in vivid excerpts). \ud A BOATLOAD OF WILD IRISHMEN includes testimony from Flaherty himself as well as contributions from amongst others, Richard Leacock - cameraman on "Louisiana Story" (1948) and father of the contemporary hand-held documentary style, Martha Flaherty - Flaherty's Inuit granddaughter, George Stoney - documentary filmmaker and professor at New York University, Seán Crosson - film scholar at the Huston School of Film, Jay Ruby - anthropologist and film scholar at Temple University, and Deirdre Ní Chonghaile - musician and folklorist from Árainn, as well as telling interviews with the people whose parents and grandparents Flaherty put onto the cinema screens of the world: Inuit, Samoans and, of obvious personal interest to the Irish filmmakers, the 'wild men' of Aran

Topics: P313 Film Production
Publisher: Irish Film Board, EM Media, RTE, European Media Fund
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:3498
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