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Jack Talty and Maurice Gunning standing in front of a bookshelf filled with archive boxes.

Duala: the making of a film

On Culture Night, 18 September 2020, ‘Duala: a film’ by Jack Talty and Maurice Gunning, premiered online at ITMA and in Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions the Q/A session following the screening in Glór was restricted to a very small live audience.

We are especially delighted to join the film makers in this blog, to find out more about the making of ‘Duala: a film’, commissioned by ITMA and Clare Arts Office.

“I would describe the project then as an exploration of our feelings about place through the prism of traditional music, rather than an exploration of traditional music itself.”

“I’ve worked on documentary projects; still photography and also cinematography over the years, but this project was different as we would create independently from each other, share what we did, respond to that process, and continue in that way for more than 12 months.”

Siney Crotty, Straight Flanagan, and Martin Reidy.

Farewell to Lissycasey, song / Siney Crotty, singing n English

© Låtar på Irland by Sveriges Television AB / SVT International
© Porter Och Pipa by Lennart Malmer
Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967)

“It’s a project you could keep working on, and in some ways we will, it was a privilege to be awarded the commission.”

Jack Talty, Maurice Gunning & Alan Woods, ITMA Reading Room

Duala: a film / by Maurice Gunning and Jack Talty