The new London Irish Film Club series in association with Irish Film Institute launched on April 26th and runs fortnightly throughout the Spring/Summer season. The second in the series is Nuala: A Life and Death, directed by Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan.
When Nuala O’Faolain shook the whole country by announcing her imminent death of cancer on Marian Finucane’s show in April 2008, the sheer honesty of her confession triggered a current of reactions on the other side of the radio waves
After this event and her subsequent death, Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan invited her dear friend and former colleague Marian Finucane to trace back O’Faolain’s life and their friendship. With a career as a broadcaster on Irish and English media, O’Faolain also became known for her memoir Are You Somebody? which received international praise and passages of which are included in the film. O’Faolain’s story, as the film witnesses, is deeply rooted in Ireland’s history and culture, yet remains wholly atypical – from her upbringing to her romantic life, as well as her professional career.
This portrait draws on a variety of material and a wide range of interviews (with piercing testimonies from her sisters) to pay homage to the life and the ‘fierce intellect’ of an extraordinary woman, but also reflect on her choice to make her death public.