To coincide with the release of the Loopline Collection Vol. 1 to the IFI Player, the IFI was delighted to welcome filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle to the IFI for a wide-ranging interview about his career, conducted by film archivist Eugene Finn.
Loopline Film, one of Ireland’s most influential production companies, was founded in 1992 by Merry Doyle. This pioneering company specialised in documentary and TV series, producing a number of hugely important films including significant portraits of prominent cultural figures and work highlighting pressing social issues.
In 2015, the IFI, in partnership with Merry Doyle, received funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to archive the materials of Loopline Film. Over a twelve-month period, he and archivist Eugene Finn fully catalogued 16mm and 35mm films, a variety of tape formats, and numerous audio materials which were then preserved and digitised by the staff of the IFI Irish Film Archive.
The material is accompanied online by never-before-seen outtakes, interviews and additional material, giving unparalleled access not only to the subjects themselves, but to Merry Doyle’s immersive, detailed and committed filmmaking approach.
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council