A rare chance to see John T. Davis’ thoughtful and revealing 2003 documentary, following the work of Belfast artist Noel Murphy as he undertakes to paint the members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Available on QFT Player from 7pm on Tues 23 Mar, free to watch until Sun 28 Mar.
In 2002, four years after the Good Friday Agreement, journalist Eamon Mallie was instrumental in the public commissioning of a portrait of the 108 members of the recently elected Northern Ireland Assembly. Noel Murphy’s painting ‘The House Will Divide’ was the outcome of that commission, and it now hangs in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
The artist’s creation of this painting is the subject of John T. Davis’ film. Shot with the director’s unobtrusive objectivity and distinctive camerawork, the film shadows Mallie as he interviews the sitters - key players including the Reverend Ian Paisley, John Hume, David Trimble, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
Imagine! Festival of Ideas & Politics invites you to join them in discussing the big issues of our times, including new ideas on politics, culture and activism. Their programme of challenging events exploring this dangerous new world runs from 22 - 28 March, 2021.