IN DEVELOPMENT

Director Pat Collins Producers Pat Collins, Philip King, Tina O’Reilly Camera Colm Hogan + Keith Walsh Sound John Brennan Editor Keith Walsh

Michael Keegan Dolan is one of the most exciting choreographers working in dance and theatre today. We are currently in post-production with an observation­al, feature documentary by the director Pat Collins, which follows the staging of Keegan Dolan’s latest show ‘Mám’. The show is a collaboration between the virtuoso concertina player Cormac Begley, the European musical collective  s t a r g a z e and 12 international dancers who came to the Dingle Peninsula in a unique confluence between soloist and ensemble, classical and traditional, the local and the universal.  This film follows this process over 10 weeks from the first day of rehearsals to the opening night performance at Dublin Theatre Festival.  Screenings in 2021.

That They May Face the Rising Sun is John McGahern’s last novel, published in 2002, four years before his death.  ‘The Guardian’ wrote that McGahern was arguably “the most important Irish novelist since Samuel Beckett” and that his last novel was his “masterpiece”. The film adaptation is written by Éamon Little and Pat Collins and supported by Fís Eireann and MEDIA. It’s produced by Harvest Films, South Wind Blows and Fine Point Films and will be directed by Pat Collins.

An adaptation of John Millington Synge’s book ‘The Aran Islands’.  Written by Pat Collins, Eoghan MacGiolla Bhridé and Sharon Whooley. To be directed by Pat Collins. ‘The Aran Islands’ is generally regarded as a masterpiece of folklore. Our film, inspired by the book is set between 1898-1901.  Synge’s constant battles with illness gave him a fearlessness and energy that was wide open to the possibilities that the Aran Islands had to offer.  Our film will be poetic, visceral and elemental and will unfold like an immersive dream, where the natural and supernatural blend as one, a fable that is timeless and poetic; ancient and modern.  The film has received development funding from Fís Éireann.