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IRISH FILM ARCHIVE – GEORGE MORRISON

On the eve of the Stranger Than Fiction screening of Ciarin Scott’s warm and painfully honest documentary portrait, Waiting for the Light, the Irish Film Archive in conjunction with Filmbase presents a retrospective of the work of George Morrison. There will be an exhibition of his photographic work at Filmbase and on the 24th September at 6.30pm a screening programme of Morrisons’ film works at the IFI. Perhaps best known for his pioneering reclamation of Irish history in the cinema documentaries, Mise Eire and Saoirse?, this programme provides an insight into some shorter, but no-less fascinating work. Too Good to Miss1965 Approx 15 min.
Directed by Morrison for the Department of Local Government in 1965, this dramatised road safety film presents a young woman who is hospitalised and missing all the good things in life as a result of a road accident caused by her careless young boyfriend. Featuring Sinead Cusack and Des Cave in their first film roles, and the funky music of Darby O Carroll and the Ravens Showband.These Stones Remain1971 Approx 27 min
Recently restored from original negative elements preserved in the Irish Film Archive, this documentary directed by George Morrison explores the changing styles and designs of stone sculpture and engraving in Ireland over the centuries. Awarded Diplome d’Honneur, Moscow 1971.From Time to Time1954 Approx 20 min
This fascinating and rarely-seen archival treasure was co-authored by Morrison and adapted by him for the screen. Directed by Hilton Edwards and co-produced by Edwards and Micheal MacLiammoir, the film features a host of Gate Theatre players. It stars Maureen Cusack as a young woman who falls from her bike and has a ghostly psychic experience which transports her back as an IRA informer to the Irish Civil War.

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