Ciara Chambers will introduce the Make Film History project, followed by a discussion with academic and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick on engaging with the archive when writing and screening history and politics.
Wednesday 17th November 2021
3pm GMT/4pm CET
Online via Zoom
Maurice Fitzpatrick is a lecturer, film director and author. He was a recipient of the Ministry of Education of Japan scholarship 2004-2007 and a lecturer at Keio University, Tokyo, 2007-11, at Bonn University 2011-2012 and at the University of Cologne 2012-2016. He has made two documentary films for the BBC: The Boys of St. Columb’s (also an RTÉ production) and Translations Revisited. In 2017, he wrote, directed and produced a documentary feature film, John Hume in America, on the political life of Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume, which has screened in over 30 countries. He is also the author of a book entitled John Hume in America: From Derry to DC (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019) which has been welcomed by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi as ‘a wonderful reminder of the strength in diplomacy and the close relationship between the United States and Northern Ireland’ and by The Sunday Business Post as one of the ‘20 Vital Books…about the Northern conflict’. In the US, it was named an Outstanding Title in 2020 by Choice, a division of the American Library Association. He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University in 2019, the 2020 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University and in autumn 2021 he will be a visiting fellow at the University of Notre Dame.
Make Film History is developing a new, sustainable model for the creative reuse of archive material for non-commercial use by young filmmakers, supported by project partners, the British Film Institute (BFI), BBC Archive Editorial, the Irish Film Institute and Northern Ireland Screen.
This project was funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council under the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Networking Call’ (grant numbers AH/V002066/1 and IRC/V002066/1).