Film screening: Silence, Exile and Cunning – Anthony Burgess on James Joyce
- Wed 30 Sep 2015
- 6:30 pm
In the first of three rare documentary film screenings, Anthony Burgess visits Dublin to present the first ever visual study of James Joyce. Originally broadcast on BBC1 in 1965 as an episode of the Monitor series, Silence, Exile and Cunning features Burgess walking in the footsteps of Joyce and visiting locations important to the Irish author’s life and work. Originally conceived without a script and fuelled by a ‘heavy whiskey intake’, Burgess explores Joyce’s profound relationship with Catholicism, drawing parallels between his own upbringing and Joyce’s background, aiming to ‘merely relate the art of a Dubliner to the city that begot him.’ Of the film itself, Burgess said ‘it has led young people to Joyce. It was worth spending that drunken remorseful fortnight in Dublin.’ Directed by Christopher Burstall. Written by Anthony Burgess. Part of the Burgess on Screen exhibition season. Running time: 50 minutes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.