A poetic portrait of an enigmatic filmmaker, John T Davis; artist and musician from Holywood, County Down will screen at the Queens Film Theatre, Belfast on Thursday, 23 April 15 at 7:15pm as part of the Belfast Film Festival. Directed by Paul McParland, John T Davis – His Own Trail captures John performing his music and reflecting on his life and films.
Davis is one of Ireland’s most internationally respected documentary filmmakers, a reputation established with films such as Shellshock Rock, Route 66 and Hobo.
Born in Belfast in 1947, Davis’ first experience of filmmaking came via a chance encounter with DA Pennebaker. In 1966 the legendary filmmaker was on a Belfast street, camera on shoulder, filming Bob Dylan for the seminal documentary Don’t Look Back. This encounter was to have a profound effect on John’s life.
The film explores the director’s unique outlook on life and his talents as a musician. Interspersed throughout is footage of John travelling through America, traversing the landscape that inspires his dreams, fantasies and realities, as well as clips from a number of his documentaries.
Lensed in black and white, director Paul McParland captures John performing his music and reflecting on his life and films.