- 28 Mar 01
BECKETT ON FILM is one of the most ambitious cinematic projects ever. Nineteen of Samuel Beckett's plays have been made into movies, directed by and starring numerous A-list figures. To mark the occasion, JOE JACKSON talks to Bono, John Hurt and Enda Hughes about one of the 20th century's greatest dramatists
The Beckett on Film project, comprised of the screening of 19 Samuel Beckett plays, is being sold as a 'major cinematic first for Dublin.' But it's also a major theatrical event in the purest sense - not just because these films are cinematic interpretations of some of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, but because it is epic in scope.
Produced by Michael Colgan and Alan Moloney of Blue Angel Films, Beckett on Film, is an RTE co-production in association with Channel Four and Board Scannán na hEireann - the latter an organisation that has sometimes come in for criticism in hotpress but clearly deserves the highest praise for its involvement in this project.
Beckett on Film also brings together some of the most distinguished actors and directors working today. Atom Egoyn, Damien Hirst, Neil Jordan, Conor McPherson, Damien O'Donnell, David Mamet, Anthony Minghella, Karl Reisz and Patrica Rozema direct, while actors involved include Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Jeremy Irons, Alan Rickman and Kristen Scott Thomas.