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Beckett Film Specials For Centenary Festival
23 Mar 2006 :


Samuel Beckett

The forthcoming Beckett Centenary Festival, a celebration of the life and work of one of Ireland’s foremost writers, Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett, will feature a host of drama, documentary and film events in the festival programme throughout the month of April.

Beginning with The Samuel Beckett Audiovisual Library (1/4/2006 to 30/4/2006), located at the Heraldic Museum on Kildare Street, the Beckett festival will provide a free audio/visual dvd library of readings and performances of Beckett’s works on twelve computer stations.

The Irish Film Institute in Dublin will host a rare screenings of films, from the 14th of April, with a screening of the documentary films ‘Prisonniers de Beckett’ and ‘The Making of 'Rockaby', followed by the documentary ‘Samuel Beckett: As The Story Was Told’ on the 15th. The Irish Film Archive will present the films ‘Waiting for Godot’ and ‘Film’ on the 15th and a retrospective Directing Beckett featuring the films; ‘Krapps Last Tape’, ‘Eh Joe’, ‘Catastrophe’, ‘Play’ and ‘Come and Go’ will screen at the IFI on the 16th.

In addition, RTÉ Television will celebrate the centenary of Samuel Beckett’s birth with a variety of programmes, both newly commissioned and from the archives. The friendship between Irish photographer John Minihan and Beckett — which produced some of the most remarkable images of the writer — is celebrated in an Arts Lives documentary, ‘The Man Who Shot Beckett’ and on Monday 10 April, a special edition of ‘The View presents…’ will see John Kelly host a panel discussion of the writer’s life and work.

RTÉ is re-releasing Seán Ó Mordha’s documentary Silence to Silence which traced Beckett’s artistic life through his prose, plays and poetry and ‘Beginning To End’ features the peerless MacGowran in his one-man show, devised with Beckett and recorded for RTÉ Television in 1966.

For further info visit: www.beckettcentenaryfestival.ie



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