- 03 Apr 17
In February, one of cinema’s greatest ever directors, Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese, arrived in Dublin to receive Trinity College’s prestigious gold medal award. Paul Nolan was on-hand for Scorsese’s public interview, during which studio battles, the future of cinema, Taxi Driver, Leonardo Di Caprio, the Rolling Stones, and the director’s eagerly awaited upcoming reunion with Robert De Niro, The Irishman, were all on the conversational agenda.
There was a huge turnout in Trinity College for the appearance of the legendary Martin Scorsese, who received the Philosophical Society’s gold medal award from Provost Patrick Prendergast. From the vantage of point of the upstairs balcony in the hall where Scorsese’s interview with Phil president Matthew Nuding was to take place, it was obvious there was a major star on campus.
Looking out the window behind us, a huge crowd had gathered to see Scorsese receive the medal outside, and the director was duly illuminated by a small galaxy of flashbulbs as he shook hands with Prendergast and other members of faculty. A swarm of people followed the director – who was accompanied by his wife and daughter – as he made his way over to us, past the crowd queuing outside for a glimpse and finally into the hallway, where he was greeted with a standing ovation.
For me personally, it was a huge thrill to be in the presence of the master, who sits alongside the late great Stanley Kubrick as my favourite ever film director. A fan ever since I saw Goodfellas aged 16 – the comedic mob drama is a strong contender for my favourite ever movie – I subsequently became a major fan of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, Casino, The Departed and several other of Scorsese’s most notable works. In recent times, I was knocked out by the brilliant The Wolf Of Wall Street, the director’s movie about notorious white collar criminal Jordan Belfort, which again utilised Scorsese’s distinctive mix of intense drama and uproarious comedy.