Frank O’Connor – The Lonely Voice

Hummingbird Productions / Harvest Films | 2003 | 52 mins

Director Pat Collins  Producer Philip King, Tina Moran  Editor Gordon Bruic  Camera Ed Kadysweski

2003 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Ireland’s greatest writers, Frank O’Connor.  This is the first documentary to comprehensively explore the life and work of O’Connor and examines his importance as a short story writer, translator and his role as a “public intellectual”. It is also an intimate portrayal and we hear the insights of his daughter Liadain, his son Owen and his wife Harriet O’ Donovan Sheehy. Through them we learn of his complicated private life, his relationships and his battles with Irish society.   Other interviewees include the American writer Richard Ford and poets Thomas McCarthy, John Montague and Liam O’Muirthuile.