John McGahern -  A Private World | Harvest Films | Independent Documentary Film Company

John McGahern -  A Private World

John McGahern - A Private World

Hummingbird Productions / Harvest Films | 2005 | 52 mins

RTE / Bord Scannán na hÉireann

On March 30th 2006, after a life-time of dedication to his art, John McGahern, one of Ireland's most distinguished writers, sadly passed away after a long illness. Since the publication of his first book in 1963, John McGahern wasat the cultural heart of Irish life.   He was in the happy position of being universally praised by the critics and equally loved by the reading public. John McGahern:A Private World was filmed in 2004 just prior to the publication of his memoirs and these memoirs formthe backbone of the documentary. Through intimate interviews, a strong and compelling sense of the man emerges, offering a rare insight into the creative process. 

Dir: Pat Collins | Prod: Philip King | Ed: Isobel Stephenson | Camera: Donal Gilligan | Sound: Eamon Little

Awards:
Best Documentary: Irish Film & Television Awards 2005
Best Arts Documentary: Celtic Film Festival 2006
Gold Medallion Winners:  Cinegael Buffalo 2006 

Critical Comments:
“… an astonishing documentary… an illumination.  The countryside, the characters, the runes of the land and its people have metamorphosed from the page to the television screen…” Harry McGee, ‘The Irish Examiner’ 

“…A triumph … this was a superb documentary…” Dermot Bolger, ‘The Village’