The always-free showcasing event PictureShow will notch up four full years of existence this weekend (its first screening was held on the 4th February 2008 in Ranelagh, under its original name ‘the pint and a picture show’ aka ‘the Pint&Pic’) and as part of its 4th birthday festivities they are holding several film-related events during the next two weeks.
Next week at the Exchange Arts Centre in Temple Bar they will be showing two famous full-length documentaries on Ireland by the celebrated Irish film-maker George Morrison, ‘Mise Eire’ on the evening of Tuesday 7th February at 6pm and ‘Saoirse?’ on the night of Thursday 9th February at 7.30pm followed by discussion on both films.
Between them ‘Mise Eire’ (made in 1959) and ‘Saoirse?’ (made in 1961) cover the Irish Rebellion or ‘Irish Revolution’ and the whole 1916 to 1923 period of ‘Troubles’ up until the end of Civil War hostilities.
“George Morrison is a film-maker and photographer who has influenced documentary film makers globally. His films Mise Éire (1959); Saoirse (1961) and Rebellion (1963) are considered classics by his peers. Other very fine work includes: These Stones Remain (1971) and the maritime film Two Thousand Miles of Peril (1972). He has developed many techniques that have become standard and vital in the industry and as recently as 2000, he designed a post graduate Masters Degree Course in Motion Picture Arts. He has also worked in the field of Ambiances Sonores.His latest film, which he has scripted, edited and directed, is called Dubln Dayand is a 50-minute documentary on the city of Dublin as it was in James Joyce’s time and today.A native of County Waterford, George Morrison first became interested in photography in 1934, creating throughout his lifetime, a large body of still photographs in both black and white and colour relating to antiquities, food, industry, architecture and landscape. In 1942 he directed and photographed his first film (16mm) Dracula, with Aidan Grennell and Eileen Cullen. The film could not be completed due to wartime stock shortage. In 1946 he became interested in actuality films, later working as Assistant Director and Film Editor with MacLiammoir – Edwards Productions. He has served on the Council of Designers of Ireland and in 1957 he became the Founder Member and Vice President of the Inaugural Congress of the Bureau International de Recerche Historique Cinématographique, Paris.”
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Renowned Irish documentary maker and archivist George Morrison will receive the lifetime achievement award, the VOLTA, at the 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (12–22 February 2009).
The 50th anniversary screening of Morrison’s 1959 masterpiece Mise Éire will take place as part of the festival on Tuesday 17th February at 8.30 pm in Cineworld.
The film will be introduced by Ceann Comhairle, John O’Donoghue, who will present George Morrison with the VOLTA on behalf of the festival.
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