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Spur Toronto: Films that Spur - Durcan - Dark School
Sat, 8 April 2017, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Paul Durcan – The Dark School is an intimate and enthralling account of the childhood and youth of one of Ireland’s best-loved as well as critically acclaimed poets. Here for the first time, Paul talks frankly about his complex and troubled relationship with his father; of the year lost to a life-threatening illness when he was a young boy and the unsettling effects of that illness on family life. This moving story of the making of an artist and of a man ends with his emergence as a poet, his relationship with Patrick Kavanagh, and finally his meeting and marriage to Nessa O’Neill and the birth of his own children.
Alan Gilsenan’s portrait is a rare, courageously frank and beautifully crafted reflection on childhood, non-conformity and the price of being an artist. Seen through the raw and lyrical prism of memory that has marked much of Durcan’s poetry, it is in many ways the writer’s “portrait of the artist as a young man”.
This screening will be followed by a talk back session with the director and poets Mary Noonan and Adam Crothers.
Save $10 by also joining us for the 6:30MPM screening of A Vision: A Life of W. B. Yeats.
52 minutes, 2009