Join us for FREE lunchtime screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive.

This year’s One City One Book choice – If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song inspires a richly varied programme of films about Dublin poets and poetry in our two strands, Archive at Lunchtime and From the Vaults.  

April’s Archive at Lunchtime weekend slot will present longer documentary profiles. 

Alan Gilsenan will introduce this screening.

Paul Durcan: Dark School 

Paul Durcan – The Dark School is an intimate and enthralling account of the childhood and youth of one of Ireland’s best-loved as well as critically acclaimed poets. Here for the first time, Paul talks frankly about his complex and troubled relationship with his father; of the year lost to a life-threatening illness when he was a young boy and the unsettling effects of that illness on family life. This moving story of the making of an artist and of a man ends with his emergence as a poet, his relationship with Patrick Kavanagh, and finally his meeting and marriage to Nessa O’Neill and the birth of his own children.

Alan Gilsenan’s portrait is a rare, courageously frank and beautifully crafted reflection on childhood, non-conformity and the price of being an artist.  Seen through the raw and lyrical prism of memory that has marked much of Durcan’s poetry, it is in many ways the writer’s “portrait of the artist as a young man”.

FILM INFO: (52 minutes, 2009, Director: Alan Gilsenan)

As part of Once City One Book, the IFI will host a significant Archive at Lunchtime series in April which includes four programmes, along with another four longer documentary profiles held over the weekends. Click here for a full list of our free archive events.

Simply book your FREE seat by contacting the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or emailing boxoffice@irishfilm.ie (given that events can sell out, please note that your emailed booking requests must be confirmed by reply email from the Box Office in order to be considered valid).

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