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ON A PAVING STONE MOUNTED

Director: THADDEUS O'SULLIVAN

U.K. • 1978 • BLACK AND WHITE • 16MM • 96 MIN


At the forefront of the so-called ‘first wave’ of irish film directors, Thaddeus O’Sullivan employed an unconventional mixture of fictional and documentary techniques to explore irish emigrants’ confusion, anticipation and memories in this film, which the director has said is not about emigration but the experience of emigration. O’Sullivan presents the ‘story’ through the workings of the imagination, so images of urban life are interspersed with rural folk rituals and scenes of pilgrimage and performance. Financed by the British Film institute Production Board as an exploration of the immigrant experience in Britain, the film combines ideas of storytelling and memory, moving between unreliable recollections of the ireland abandoned and the banalities of everyday life in London. The cast features Maureen Toal, Mannix Flynn, Stephen Rea and Gabriel Byrne. The film will be introduced by Maeve Connolly, writer and lecturer in visual Arts Practices at dun Laoghaire institute of Art, design and technology.

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