Irish Film Institute -I DREAM IN PHOTOS + Q&A


Director: Gary Lennon, Ollie Aslin

80 mins, Ireland-UK, 2023, Digital

This documentary profile explores the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Cathal McNaughton, who quit “the best job in the world” at the peak of his career aged just 40. As chief photographer for Reuters in India, McNaughton travelled extensively in Asia covering news stories of world importance. His photographs of the exiled Rohingya Muslims secured him the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 2018.

We find Cathal now living a monastic life in a fisherman’s cottage in Cushendall, Co. Antrim. His obsession with his art drove him away from his family and son. As he rebuilds personal relationships, he is challenged by the demons of his past. Directed by Gary Lennon (A Doctor’s Sword, Castro’s Spies) and Ollie Aslin, this documentary considers Cathal’s 25-year-long body of work and the importance of photojournalism in a world saturated by social media and fake news.

This opening night screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Gary Lennon. Tickets for all other screenings are on sale here.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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