As part of this year’s Open House Dublin ‘This Place We Call Home’, (16-18 October) the Irish Film Institute will be screening ‘Talking to my Father.’ This documentary was made by one of Ireland’s most respected directors Sé Merry Doyle, who previously directed ‘Alive Alive O; A Requiem for Dublin.’ Doyle once again looks at Dublin’s fair streets, this time through Simon Walker, whose father Robin Walker was one of the most celebrated architects in Dublin’s history. Modernist architecture in Ireland reached a high point in the early ’60s and one of its most celebrated figures was Robin Walker. Robin studied under Le Corbusier and later worked alongside Mies van der Rohe in Chicago. His return to Ireland coincided with the emergence of a modern nation and Walker became a key agent in this process.
Looking again to Dublin’s streets which he has so faithfully recorded in earlier works, Sé Merry Doyle follows Simon Walker, a quarter of a century after Robin’s death, as he explores the legacy of his father’s work. The film allows Walkers buildings to speak for themselves taking us with Simon in his search for Robin’s architecture of place.
The first screening takes place on Friday 16 October at 6.30pm (run time 90 mins). The Director Sé Merry Doyle will take part in a post-screening Q&A chaired by architectural historian Dr Ellen Rowley. The film will be screened in the IFI until the 22 October. Tickets can be booked through the IFI website ifi.ie/film/talking-to-my-father. For further information phone the box office on 01 6793477.
Made under the Reel Art Scheme- an initiative of The Arts Council, Dublin International Film Festival and Filmbase.