Page to Screen, Irish style

Jul 01, 2014

Belfast — This summer, the Belfast Free Library’s Irish Summer Reading Program will be a Page to Screen discussion series in which participants will read the book, then watch the film adaptation.

The Irish literary pantheon is well stocked, and well known. Rather less well known is its thriving and very successful film industry. In this book/film discussion series, participants will read three Irish works and then view the film adaptation. All three films (pronounced “filem” in Ireland) selected were filmed in Ireland with predominantly Irish casts and with Irish directors.

The series will begin Tuesday July 15, at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion of “The Snapper,” a book by Roddy Doyle, followed by a screening and discussion of the 1992 film version, directed by Stephen Frears, Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. “The Snapper” is set in working class north Dublin, where Doyle grew up and lives.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the discussion will be on John B. Keane’s play and film, “The Field.” Directed by Jim Sheridan and released in 1990, the film captures the powerful attachment to land and sensitivity to relationship found in a small village in the Southwest of Ireland. Its stars Richard Harris, who received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Bull McCabe.

Finally, on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m., Christy Brown’s autobiography “My Left Foot” will be discussed. The 1989 film adaptation, also directed by Sheridan, includes a spectacular Oscar-winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis. It will be shown Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

The series will be facilitated by Del Hickey and David Andrews, retired doctorate-holding academics who embraced the Irish culture while living and working in Ireland for six years. They fell in love with the “craic,” the music, the literature and the films.

Books for each of the programs are available to borrow at the main circulation of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. For more information, call to register at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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