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Joyce at the BBC

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

James Joyce Films

Monitor: Silence, Exile and Cunning (50mins, 1965)
Joyce in June (45mins approx, 1982, dir. Donald McWhinnie)
- both films are presented digitally

This is a programme of two films on James Joyce, from different broadcasting eras, made by the BBC.

Monitor: Silence, Exile and Cunning, consists of Anthony Burgess's (apparently) whiskey-fuelled reflections on Joyce's self-imposed exile from Ireland. Burgess's film essay is illustrated by black and white 16mm shots of Dublin, including dead seagulls in the Liffey and some of the authentic Ulysseslocations, including the Martello tower Stephen Dedalus lodges in and the dilapidated 7 Eccles Street, home of Leopold and Molly Bloom, shortly before its demolition.
This is contrasted with a 1982 biographical sketch of the young Joyce, Joycein June, which includes an inventive, and very funny, imagining of the happenings of the Ulysses characters on 17 June 1904, the day after the novel's action. Filmed on video in studios, the image has an immediacy that speaks very much of early 1980s TV. It features a young Stephen Rea as both Joyce's brother Stanislaus and Ulysses's mysterious man in the mackintosh. The programme is directed by Donald McWhinnie, one of Beckett's favoured directors for screen, radio and stage.
Programme curated by Michael Garrad.

The screening is followed by a panel discussion.

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