Commissioning editor of Film Ireland Magazine Ross Whitaker’s When Ali Came to Ireland is screening at the IFI this December as part of the IFI’s Ireland on Sunday programme. The film, which Ross co-directed with filmmaker Aideen O’Sullivan, will screen at 1pm on Sunday 16th and will include a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers.
When Ali Came to Ireland is the story of how Butty Sugrue, a circus strongman from Killorglin, Co. Kerry, pulled off a massive sporting coup in July 1972 when he arranged a fight in Croke Park between ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali and ex-con Alvin ‘Blue’ Lewis.
This documentary, presented during the 40th anniversary of the fight, combines a wealth of archival material with colourful reminiscences of people who came into contact with Ali – Eddie Kerr, the hurler who taught Ali hurling; Cathal O’Shannon, who famously interviewed him; the team from Offaly that built the ring and stayed up for the fight; Rock Brynner, son of Yul who was Ali’s close friend – to tell this unlikely tale which is infused with great warmth and good humour.
Filmmakers Aideen O’Sullivan and Ross Whitaker will participate in a post-screening Q&A.
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