Following three sell-out screenings as part of a collaboration with the First Fortnight arts and mental health festival and Dublin’s IFI Cinema, Meetings with Ivor will open a limited run at the EYE Cinema from Friday, February 10th. The EYE is delighted to announce that the director Alan Gilsenan will attend a special screening on Monday 13th February followed by a Q&A conducted by NUIG film lecturer and author, Tony Treacy.
Produced by Galway-based Parzival Productions, Meetings with Ivor is an 81-minute documentary on the life and work of ground-breaking psychiatrist Ivor Browne. Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. His pioneering and often controversial work on behalf of the many who cannot speak for themselves is well-known.
Alan Gilsenan’s new film, produced by Tomás Hardiman, captures the essence of this extraordinary man. In a quirky and challenging cinematic portrait we meet Browne, now in his late-eighties, who is still full of energy, good humour and compassion, and who remains a deeply-informed, startlingly innovative thinker. His unique attributes continue to find vital expression and offer real hope in an increasingly bewildering world. The film contains contributions from a host of familiar Galway faces including Tommy Tiernan, Tom Murphy, Mary Coughlan and Professor Brendan Kelly. Sebastian Barry and Nell McCafferty also feature among contributors. The Spiddal-based piper, Ronan Browne, son of Ivor, composed the haunting musical score.
Tickets are now on sale for all screenings from February 10th (daily at 19.15) from www.eyecinema.ie or by calling the Eye Box Office on 091 780078.
Ivor Browne was born in Dublin and after his initial studies at the Royal College of surgeons, he worked in Oxford, London, Harvard and Dublin and went on to become Professor of Psychiatry at University College, Dublin and Chief Psychiatrist of the Eastern Health Board. His opposition to orthodox psychiatry made him a vital and controversial figure in Irish public life up until his retirement in the mid-90s. He conceived and was director of the Irish Foundation for Human Development. This set up the first Community Association in Ireland in Ballyfermot, one of the early large housing estates in Dublin.
Alan Gilsenan is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and theatre director. He was born in County Meath, graduated with a First Class Honours in Modern English and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, and established himself as one of Ireland’s iconoclastic film directors with The Road to God Knows Where (1988). Working from his own company “Yellow Asylum Films,” he has directed over thirty films and documentaries for cinema and TV that have been seen in international releases, festival screenings and national broadcasts. His most recent feature film Unless, which he wrote and directed, features in this year’s Dublin Film Festival. Winning Jacobs, IFTA and European Film Awards, he has also served as Chair of the Irish Film Institute, and as a member of the Irish Film Board and the RTÉ Authority.
Parzival Productions is a Galway-based production company has produced a number of short films and documentaries on subjects such as John Behan, Tom Murphy and the Kenny bookselling family. Its most recent collaboration with Alan Gilsenan was on Sing On Forever (2003), a portrait of playwright Tom Murphy. For more information and interview availability please contact Tomás Hardiman at 0872660285 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings With Ivor trailer is available viewable at https://vimeo.com/201269037
See also http://parzival.ie/