FILM | Ireland on screen – ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’

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29th April



A Celebration Of The Films of One of Irelands LeadingDocumentary Film-Makers, Sé Merry Doyle.

Sunday April 29th at 7pm

‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’

John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man is a revealing documentary that explores the making of the Oscar-winning film which took John Ford twenty years to bring to the big screen. Featuring heartfelt discussions with Maureen O’Hara, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jim Sheridan, along with accounts from local people, who still remember how Hollywood came to the West of Ireland and changed their lives forever. With mesmeric archive footage and rare photographs, the documentary takes us too Ford’s ancestral homeland of Connemara, where his parents were born. We meet Ford’s cousins, The Feeney’s, who tell the story of how Ford’s parent’s departed from Ireland to America, after the Great Famine and how the young Ford returned to Ireland in 1922, to visit his cousins and how he witnessed their house being burned down by the infamous Black and Tans. The film, which is narrated by Hollywood actor Gabriel Byrne, also takes us to Portland Maine where Ford grew up and went on to become one of the greatest Hollywood Directors of all time.

About The Film THE QUIET MAN

‘The Quiet Man’ is one of those rare cinematic milestones that left a marked impression on the landscapes where it was filmed. Ford’s homage to his idealized vision of his parent’s homeland is still popular today. On its release in 1952 ‘The Quiet Man’ met with worldwide success and struck a particular chord with the millions of Irish who were forced to emigrate. It’s appeal was brought about by Ford’s use of universal themes like, emigration, displacement, loss of land, all woven into one of the greatest love stories of all time. Merry Doyle’s documentary is an exploration of identity viewed through the misty lens of a triple winning Oscar Hollywood film Director. It’s hard to believe that the Director of films like ‘How Green Was my Valley’ and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ would endure twenty years of rejection from the Hollywood Studios who, in the words of Maureen O’Hara deemed the idea of ‘The Quiet Man’ as “a silly little Irish story”. His great acting friends, however, John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen and Maureen O Hara, all stood by him, and they all deferred their fees so that Ford’s most treasured project could reach the screen. Those set against him were finally proved wrong, when The Quiet Man became a universal hit, winning two Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography.

 You can watch the trailer here.


STARTS | 7.00pm

VENUE | The Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT


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29th April
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The Irish Cultural Centre
5 Black's Road
Hammersmith, W6 9DT United Kingdom