THE Dunamaise Arts Centre will welcome acclaimed Irish author of the memoir Stella Days: The Life and Times of a Rural Irish Cinema Michael Doorley, on Friday July 6 for a Q and A session prior to the screening of the film Stella Days, which takes place on the same day at 8pm.
Starring Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea, Trystan Gravelle, Marcella Plunkett, Tom Hickey and Amy Huberman, Stella Days is the story of the conflict between love and duty, hope and faith, and between the excitement of the unknown and the security of the familiar. It encapsulates the dilemma of Ireland in the mid-1950’s – on the cusp of the modern but still clinging to the traditions of Church and a cultural identity forged in very different times.
Michael Doorley’s Stella Days: The Life and Times of a Rural Irish Cinema, was acclaimed as an evocative publication about growing up with the local ‘Stella’ cinema in Borrisokane, Co.Tipperary. It’s setting, in the late 1950’s during an economic depression mirrors our situation in Ireland to-day. It also reflects the key role of the arts during difficult times as the story centres around the building of a cinema in a small town community.
The film features Martin Sheen as Daniel Barry, the parish priest of Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, who feels like the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although he works hard to fulfil his duty, he has nothing in common with his parishioners and secretly fears he has lost his vocation.
For further information or to book tickets see www.dunamaise.ie or call 057 86 63355.