Acclaimed Ivor Browne Film Coming To Tipp

More than 5000 people will have seen Alan Gilsenan’s ‘Meetings with Ivor’ in its first two months. This is a phenomenal record for a new Irish documentary that was completed in January. It had a premiere screening at Dublin’s IFI Cinema on January 14th last during the First Fortnight Festival attended by President Michael D Higgins. Demand was such that two extra screenings had to be added the following day. Since then it’s been garnering 4 and 5 star reviews and lots of positive reactions from a wide-based audience around the country.

Sunniva O’Flynn, Head of Irish Film Programming at the Irish Film Institute, says ‘This is unprecedented for a film that’s just come out. Since the IFI opened I have never seen such demand for a new Irish documentary. We’ve experienced queues out the door and have had to extend the planned run.’

Chiara Kelly at the Eye Cinema in Galway said ‘Last night demand exceeded supply and we had to upgrade to our biggest cinema. The Q&A session with the director went down a treat. We are extending the film’s run at the Eye also. It’s been creating quite a stir here.’

When asked to explain the reasons for the film’s unexpected success producer Tomás Hardiman of Parzival Productions said ‘Ivor Browne has spent a lifetime trying to improve the lot of Irish people in distress. His influence and his appeal run very deep. What he has to say has a huge resonance for people in these uncertain times.  Added to that, people are moved by the artistry and profound appeal of Alan Gilsenan’s filmic portrayal. For the audience I think it’s a simple case of deep attraction to a man of immense love and compassion. He is not afraid to say what he believes and this is often contrary to orthodox beliefs. In this film we see a man willing to expose his own flaws as he exposes and seeks to address the flaws of society. We don’t see that happening too often in public life.’

The film, which was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in association with Dublin City Community Television (DCTV), is just finishing its second run in two months at Cork’s Triskel Cinema and has upcoming screenings in Source, Thurles; Ramor, Virginia; Town Hall Theatre Galway; Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford (repeat screening) and Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire before going on the Irish and International film festival circuit.

Hardiman says “As producer, I’m bound to say this, but we really believe this film is a source of healing and should be seen by as many people as possible. The Film Ireland Magazine reviewer wrote ‘We need more practitioners like Ivor, and we need more films like this.’ And we do. Ultimately ‘Meetings with Ivor’ is a meeting with yourself!”

The Source Arts Centre
Wednesday May 3rd 2017 8pm

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