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.