In this moving, singular essay film, Donal Foreman draws on three decades of unique, never-before-seen archive, deftly weaving together a history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland with his own search for the father he barely knew, Irish-American political filmmaker Arthur MacCaig. Through forensic examination of MacCaig’s footage—including material from his seminal 1979 documentary The Patriot Game - Foreman comes to know his father anew, and in the process provokes a riveting exchange between two filmmakers born into different political moments. The result is a fascinating, candid portrait (and self-portrait) that collapses the boundary between the personal and the political. Director Donal Foreman will be in attendance for a Q&A. The Patriot Game by Arthur MacCaig will also screen at the same venue on Saturday 8th September.
Screening as part of Open City Documentary Festival which creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. The festival aims to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms, providing a platform for emerging talent as well as established masters working within the documentary form. Celebrating the art of non-fiction, Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. We aim to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms. We provide a platform for emerging talent as well as established masters working within the documentary form.The festival takes place over six days in venues across Central London, and consists of international contemporary and retrospective non-fiction film, audio and cross media, as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, networking and parties. The eighth edition of the festival will take place between 4th – 9th September 2018.
Donal Foreman (born in Dublin, 1985) is an Irish filmmaker living between New York City and Dublin. He has been making films since he was 11 years old. Since then, he has written, directed and edited two feature films and over 50 shorts, retrospectives of which have been curated by the Irish Film Institute and Cork Film Center. His two features, Out of Here and The Image You Missed, have been critically acclaimed by the Hollywood Reporter, Film Comment and the Irish Times among other publications.
Image: still from The Image You Missed by Donal Foreman