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IRISH FOCUS BLOOMSDAY PROGRAMME 1: SHEM THE PENMAN SINGS AGAIN

Padraig Trehy

This film screened 16th June 2016.

Director Padraig Trehy will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

A new exploration of the actual and much-fabled friendship between Joyce and Irish tenor, John McCormack. McCormack inspires the character of Shaun the Post in Joyce’s famously ‘unreadable’ final novel Finnegans Wake, in which Joyce portrayed himself as Shaun’s lowly twin brother, Shem. Joyce’s twin obsessions, singing and literary experimentation, flow through the film as the friends’ encounters are reimagined in a variety of early cinematic styles and real and imaginary audio recordings.

See also our Archive at Lunchtime series of free Joycean short films during June.

 

80 mins, Ireland, 2015, Digital, Black & White and Colour

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