Ciné Gael Montréal Irish Film Series 1998
Sometime after the close of our 1997 season, our committee, abetted by Maggie Lattuca at the Montréal Conservatory of Cinematographic Art, and with a serious dose of hysterical optimism, conceived and realized our biggest season ever. Serge Losique, founder of the Conservatoire and of Montréal's World Film Festival [WFF], agreed with the idea, and Maggie took it on.
It's unlikely ever to be repeated, and has not been duplicated anywhere else - "55 films in 25 days" became our slogan, "A Celebration Of Irish Film: Voices Of The Nation" the title for our festival.
Below, is the first appearance on the web of our original 24 page brochure produced for the festival. As well as our schedule, you'll see a wealth of other material, but especially the sixteen pages describing the films. They're in alphabetical order, so hover over a film tab to see which part of the sequence it contains.
Our festival featured movies from the earliest years of Irish film to ones just released. Our audience was able to see Ireland's great actors, and sample the film work of Ireland's great directors of features, shorts, animations and documentaries, in English and Gaelic: Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Patrick Keenan Heale and Robert Flaherty from the 30s, George Morrison's Mise Eire from the 50s, John Huston and Peter Lennon from the 60s, Margo Harkin, Thaddeus O'Sullivan, John T. Davis, Brendan Byrne, Edith Pierperoff and many others.
We hosted several of these filmmakers who spoke to our audiences, and participated in round-table discussions.
Read more about our history at our 20th anniversary, from John Griffin at the Gazette. True to form, it was John who had been our speaker at our opening film, Butcher Boy.
Our twenty-four page film brochure appears below. The 1998 Short Films we programmed appeared throughout our twenty-five day schedule.