Troubled Epic: On Location with Ryan’s Daughter released this month



In 1969 the Dingle Peninsula was changed forever when director David Lean decided to film Ryan’s Daughter on location in the area. The film, which won two Oscars, inspired Michael Tanner to research the locations used by interviewing the local people involved in the film’s shoot. The result is an unvarnished account of the troubled shooting of the film, both on and off camera, and how its stars – Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones and John Mills – coped with a year on Ireland’s west coast.

The story is largely told in the words of local people who were drivers, extras, prop men, landladies, actors or mere observers. With archive material and pictures of actual locations used, this is the behind-the-scenes story of a film which changed the Dingle Peninsula overnight, saw more antics than usual by stars, and resulted in David Lean making no film for fourteen years.

Published in May 2012, price €12.99/ £10.99


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