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"What Richard Did is a beautifully shot, emotionally complex drama which held my attention from beginning to end. Although the storyline is sometimes predictable, the great performance by Jack Raynor, the well written dialogues, and tense soundtrack compensate a lot. It is kind of shocking how one single incident can influence our life. Richard had almost everything a teenager could have wished for: friends, good family and financial background, a beautiful girlfriend, and a great future. But one crucial act and almost everything is destroyed. It is fascinating how different level of emotions go through the movie; happiness, love, rage, insanity, despair... I really like the conclusion of the film, which was a sort of surprise for me, that it is up to us to decide whether Richard confesses his crime or he is able to move on with his life.AISLING GHEAL
Aisling Gheal is an intriguing documentary film about traditional Irish music, Sean-nós, and Irish people who are trying to keep it alive. In my opinion, this film beautifully represents values of music, traditions, and peaceful people’s life in Ireland. The additional sceneries of the wonderful nature make the documentary visually intense. The journey of the young Shahira Apraku is quite an inspiration, but also makes me think of how the younger generation in my country lacks an interest in our traditions. I think she really captures the audience (at least me) with her beautiful voice and unceasing zest. Although I am rather fond of instrumental music this film showed me a really amazing genre."
"I really liked it! I already had a soft spot for James Joyce's poetry and folk music separately, and I thought the combination very appealing. I am looking forward to hearing the entire CD." (on Gerry Smyth's performance)
“Lillis O Laoire came to sing at the University of Rennes 2 on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015.
The event was co-organized by Efacis and the Centre of Breton and Celtic Research of Rennes 2.
The venue was carefully chosen and very appropriate, in a room especially designed for singing, at the Music Department of Rennes 2.
The acoustics were therefore very good, Lillis appreciated this and he sang for nearly an hour and a half with short comments in English about each of the songs. The attendance was a nice mix of around sixty people, students and lecturers alike, mostly from the departments of Celtic (including some students of Irish), English (Irish studies stream) and Music. They were both very attentive during the performance and enthusiastic after it : Lillis's voice literally worked wonders. The performance was recorded and filmed, with Lillis's agreement, by a colleague from the Centre de Formation des Musiciens Intervenants of Rennes 2. The rest of the evening went on very smoothly, with five of us from Rennes 2 (including our Irish language tutor, who happened to be an ex student of his) having dinner with Lillis in a restaurant in town, after which he even gratified us with one last going-away song. A great evening indeed, magic !”
Glenn Patterson’s reading made me realize that brilliant writers are also people like us. When I read a book I sometimes think about the author, sitting in a chair in an idyllic place, pencil in his/her hand and his/her head full of amazing thoughts about a pre-planned story. Glenn Patterson, however, did not seem to be such a person, even though he had amazing thoughts and a pencil. He takes his thoughts from everyday situations and dilemmas he has experienced. The whole character of Mr Patterson is so loveable and funny that the audience often laughed out loud. Personally, I think that the best part of the reading was that he gave background information about the books from which he read out. For example, he described the origin of a key motif, that of the goldfish in Fat Lad. I liked when he said that he wrote about Belfast because it is his city and if he lived here he would write about Debrecen.
For me, attending Glenn Patterson’s reading was a first time. I have never been at an author’s event before so I am grateful for this opportunity. It was a really enjoyable experience. It was interesting to hear him read from his own works; and as a Hungarian, I found it nice of him to choose a passage from Number 5 with a Hungarian character in it. The stereotypes about Hungarian people were surprisingly and hilariously accurate so it definitely made me even more interested in this novel. What I really appreciated though was that the passages he read from The Rest Just Follows had a lifelike atmosphere. Even though the action in the passage he read out is set in the 1970s in Belfast, it still managed to evoke some nice memories of mine as well. However, the best parts of the reading were when Mr Patterson talked about his own life and his writing process. I would have never guessed that he still writes with a pen, a memorable detail for me. I also like the idea that each book he writes requires a different setting both physically and mentally than the previous ones. On the whole, it was a pleasant event; it was funny and thought-provoking at the same time.