The Arts Council is pleased to share details of the forthcoming premiere screenings of the Reel Art films, Floating Structures (Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward) and What Time is Death? (Paul Duane). The films will screen at the IFI during this year’s Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, with the film-makers in attendance.
Directed by Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward
Monday 25 Feb 6.30pm at the IFI
Floating Structures follows a researcher travelling across central and southern Europe seeking out an array of buildings and structures that seem as though they have emerged from another world. The mysterious guide, drawing on the ideas and visions of the great Irish engineer Peter Rice, explores the hinterlands that surround and gave rise to these structures. It is a rail trip of revelation that wanders from the quiet Bavarian town of Haßfurt to the inner and outer realms of Paris. Suspended artefacts and ruins from the distant future and the industrial past are sifted through and interlinked with precision and wonder.
Adrian Duncan is an artist and writer based in Ireland and Berlin. In 2018 he exhibited, in collaboration with Feargal Ward, a large-scale film/sculptural installation work titled The Soil Became Scandinavian, as part of EVA 2018, curated by Inti Guerrero. This film subsequently premiered at IDFA 2018.
Duncan's debut novel Love Notes from a German Building Site will be published by The Lilliput Press in April 2019. He is coeditor of Paper Visual Art Journal (IRL/DE).
From 1995 Duncan studied and worked as a structural engineer for over a decade in the U.K. and Ireland. He received his chartership from the I.E.I. (Irish Engineering Institute) in 2007, before returning to study fine art at IADT, Dún Laoghaire and NCAD.
Feargal Ward is a filmmaker and artist based in Ireland and Berlin. His most recent feature length film The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid premiered in the main competition at IDFA Amsterdam in 2017. His previous feature Yximalloo (co-directed with Tadhg O’Sullivan) premiered at FID Marseille where it won the Prix Premier in 2014.
His practice also involves collaborations with other artists and filmmakers; recent examples of this include his work as cinematographer for Tadhg O’Sullivan’s Reel Art film, The Great Wall (CPH:DOX; MoMA Documentary Fortnight) and Ailbhe Ni Bhrian’s Report To An Academy (RHA, Dublin; Domobaal Gallery, London).
What Time is Death?
Directed by Paul Duane
Tuesday 26 Feb 6.30pm at the IFI
In 2017 Bill Drummond & Jimmy Cauty, formerly The KLF, returned after 23 years of silence - but they were no longer a pop group. They were now undertakers, planning to build a monument, the People's Pyramid, out of 34,952 bricks made from the remains of dead people. Their previous most famous action was in 1994, when they burned one million pounds of their earnings in a disused boathouse on a Scottish island after being one of the UK’s most successful early 90s pop acts.
Paul Duane has been making films, both drama and documentary, for twenty years. In January 2014 he was the only director with two films on Variety's annual ‘10 Directors to Watch’ list.
While You Live, Shine, (Arts Council Film Project award 2016) premiered to acclaim in 2018 & won the Spirit of Indie Cork award at the Indie Cork festival. He produced the 2015 IFTA-award-winning feature documentary In A House That Ceased To Be, and his Grierson & IFTA nominated feature documentary Barbaric Genius was called “enthralling – four stars” by the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, while his documentary on rockabilly bank robber Jerry McGill, Very Extremely Dangerous, was called “a riveting ride to the wrong side of the tracks” by the Sunday Times.
His Reel Art film, Natan, screened at some of the world's most prestigious film festivals - Edinburgh, Telluride, Lumiére & Pordenone in 2013. Called "an extraordinary, largely forgotten story... a superb documentary,” it was nominated for an IFTA in 2014. He also co-created & co-produced the IFTA-winning RTE drama series Amber, which achieved record-breaking ratings on its Irish broadcast in January 2014.
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