The Annual John Ford Ireland Film Symposium (6 - 9 June 2013, Dublin)
The second annual John Ford Ireland Film Symposium proved a resounding success, with leading Irish and international industry participating in four days of discussion and insight into filmmaking today while reflecting on the legacy of one of Hollywood’s most influential film directors, John Ford.
Looking Back at the Highlights
Bertrand Tavernier - Public Interview with The Irish Times' Tara Brady
The Symposium welcomed leading French director Bertrand Tavernier who actively participated in many of the Symposium events over the four days, and was himself the focus of a public interview which was facilitated by Tara Brady of The Irish Times, who insightfully discussed key elements of the French Master’s life’s work and career for the attending audience, referencing the French new wave movement, Cahiers du Cinema along with his love and admiration for John Ford and his influence from the outset.
Waynes Public Interview
Miriam O’Callaghan’s interview on Friday evening in the Savoy Cinema with John Wayne’s son Patrick and daughter Marisa Wayne proved to be a most popular event for film fans with the queue stretched down O’Connell Street in the sunshine. The interview was an enlightening and nostalgic discussion about their father’s and Patrick’s experiences in collaborating with John Ford. This preceded a screening of ‘The Searchers’ re-mastered, in which Patrick himself appeared as a young Yankee cadet - eliciting cheers and rounds of applause from the audience.
Sean Bobbitt - Cinematographer Masterclass
Award-winning Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt gave a riveting and insightful Masterclass for over three hours at the Symposium to a sold-out audience of budding industry professionals & students. Bobbitt spoke in detail about his relationship with director Steve McQueen on his three films (‘Hunger’, ‘Shame’ and ‘Twelve Years A Slave’) and pointed out that he felt it was “the greatest time to be a cinematographer, both with the opportunities and tools available”.
Top filmmakers such as Jim Sheridan, French auteur Bertrand Tavernier, John Crowley and Julian Jarrold each reflected on aspects of Ford’s Directing that are masterful examples of what can be achieved and are a source of visual direction and influence for young contemporary filmmakers; the Panel noted that Ford's storytelling can "appear simplistic but is powerful in its intelligent craftsmanship".
Bringing together diverse viewpoints across the vast spectrum of writing including Roddy Doyle and Eugene O’Brien, the Writers Hub was notable for the friendly but engaging banter between panellist Eoghan Harris and audience participant Bertrand Tavernier on both French films and Ford.
Ford & Actors
Leading Irish actors such as Game of Throne’s Liam Cunningham, Stephen Rea, Martin McCann, Charlie Murphy and Karl Shiels discussed the actor-director collaboration. The panel were joined by a surprise guest – Patrick Wayne, who contributed on working as an actor with Ford.
Chaired by producer Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures, who was joined by the former Head of UK Film Council John Woodward, NI producer Andrew Eaton (Rush, 24 Hour Party People, The Claim), the former head of the UK Film Council Film Fund Tanya Seghatchian and Irish producer Katie Holly (Citadel, One Hundred Mornings) the panel discussed funding and distribution issues as well as increasingly relevant platforms such as video-on-demand.
Film Fans, Filmmakers and film experts prepare to gather in Dublin to honour and celebrate the legacy of John Ford, one of the world’s most respected and influential filmmakers
|"This Symposium is great for Ireland and I think that it will help set Ford as an Irish director, as opposed to solely a great American director. I think that it’s an important event in bringing Ford home."|
Following on from the brilliant success of last year, the 2nd John Ford Ireland - Film Symposium takes place 6 – 9th June with a four day focus on Contemporary filmmaking, inspired and informed by the timeless work of legendary Irish-American director John Ford. Film fans from far and wide can enjoy four days of Screenings, Lively debates & Discussions, incisive lectures, public interviews with filmmakers, anecdotal stories, music nights and plenty more.
Highlights of the 2nd John Ford Ireland Film Symposium include:
- Gala Screening & Public Interview with Patrick and Ethan Wayne, sons of ‘The Duke’ hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan. John Wayne’s two sons, who are travelling from US to take part in the Symposium, will talk about their father’s collaboration and unique relationship with John Ford.
- Dan Ford, John Ford’s grandson (Producer & author of the book ‘Pappy’) will discuss Ford the man behind the iconic image and share insight for film fans and filmmakers alike.
- Bertrand Tavernier, renowned French Master and Director of over 25 feature films, participates in a Public Interview discussing his own superb body of work and how Ford has influenced French filmmaking through the years.
- Joseph McBride (renowned film historian and biographer of Ford, Frank Capra, and Steven Spielberg) gives the
Keynote Lecture about Ford's portrayals of Lincoln.
- Pulitzer prize-winning and best-selling author Glenn Frankel (former Washington Post Correspondent and Current Head of the School of Journalism at University of Texas) will give first-hand insight into his new book ‘The Searchers – the Making of an American Legend’
- The Ford Film Hub and School has a range of Masterclasses & Discussion Panels over the four days with leading International and Irish film experts with people such as Oscar nominated directors including Tavernier, Sheridan and Jordan along with BAFTA nominated Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane; Brideshead Revisited) and BAFTA Winning John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission), Andrew Eaton (a); Mary McGuckian (Man On A Train); Tanya Seghatchian (former head Film Fund UK Film Council); John Woodward (former head British Film Institute); Sean Bobbitt (Cinematographer, Hunger, Byzantium, The Place Beyond the Pines); Mark O’Rowe, (writer, Intermission, Howie the Rookie etc) , Eugene O’Brien (writer, Pure Mule, Eden) and Terry McMahon (writer/director, Charlie Casanova), Roddy Doyle (The Commitments) Eoghan Harris (screen writer Sharpe); Philippe Carcassonne (Coco Before Chanel, The Illusionist) IFTA Rising Star Director/writer Gerard Barrett (Pilgrim Hill); Actors Stephen Rea, Adrian Dunbar among many more.
|"I try to watch a John Ford film before I start every movie, simply because he inspires me...he’s like a classic painter"|
- Ford Academic Panel Discussions each day with leading International film experts including Lea Jacobs (University of Wisconsin, USA), Glenn Frankel (University of Austin, Texas), Kevin Rockett (Trinity College), Luke Gibbons (NUI Maynooth), Charles Barr (University of East Anglia), Tony Tracy (NUI Galway), Martin McCloone (University of Ulster) and Joseph McBride (San Francisco State University).
- Over a dozen Public Screenings; including a Free Outdoor Screening of The Quiet Man at Meeting House Square, with special guests Dan Ford (grandson of John Ford), John Wayne’s Sons Patrick & Ethan Wayne and Oscar nominated producer Redmond Morris (son of The Quiet Man producer Lord Killanin). Other screenings include such classics as the The Searchers; She wore a Yellow Ribbon; How Green Was My Valley; Young Cassidy; Young Mr Lincoln; and many rare Ford classics, footage, Documentaries and Shorts Screening for the first time in Ireland.
- Plus much, much more….