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A New Day Will Be Global short film celebrates a unique Bloomsday

 

A New Day Will Be

Global short film celebrates a unique Bloomsday

 

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) have partnered to create ‘A New Day Will Be: A Short Film for Bloomsday 2020’, collaborating over the last month with Irish Embassies and Consulates worldwide, and their networks of local partners, to create a unique short film that celebrates a Bloomsday like no other.

 

Performers include actors Olwen Fouéré and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor; former US Democratic Presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke; novelist Colum McCann; leading actors from continental Europe including Yiannis Panagopoulos of the Greek National Theatre, Peter Bárnai from Budapest, Robert Roth from Bratislava, Ada Gales from Bucharest and Üllar Saaremäe from Tallinn; Indian actor Dalip Tahil; Aboriginal Australian artist Daniel Browning; Japanese kimono designer Satoko Baba; and performance artist Amanda Coogan.  The original score is composed and performed by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. 

 

Using Joyce’s timeless words to create a very contemporary take on Ulysses, performers from more than 40 locations across six continents join together to chart our universal, shared humanity as we journey through these extraordinary times: from silence, isolation, the desire for human touch and the quest for a vaccine, through remembrance and resilience, to hope, love and finally affirmation.

 

For each scene, the type of location chosen echoes the original setting of the relevant episode of the novel.  Languages include Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, English, Estonian, French, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Irish Sign Language, Japanese, Maltese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovene, Slovakian, Spanish and Swahili.

 

The film (run time 3 min 30 sec) will be available to view on the DFAT YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDR4vawLFLLlpkEyb8clepw) in the afternoon of Sunday 14 June.

 

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Press Office

12 June 2020

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

 

Performers (in order of appearance)

 

Dublin: Olwen Fouéré, theatre artist and actor

Budapest: Peter Bárnai, television actor

Shanghai: Xiao Sun, Public Diplomacy Officer at Irish Consulate, Shanghai

Down: Amanda Coogan, performance artist and sign-language interpreter

Athens: Yiannis Panagopoulos, member of the Greek National Theatre

Prague: Ondřej Pilný, Director of Irish Studies at Charles University

Rio de Janeiro: Françoise Forton, Leading telenovela actor

Valletta: Ivan Grech, Vocalist with Maltese band Winter Moods

Sydney: Daniel Browning, Aboriginal journalist, broadcaster, film-maker, artist and writer

Mumbai: Dalip Tahil, stage, film and TV actor

Mexico: Prof Aurora Piñeiro, Joycean scholar

Kent: Tom Vaughan Lawlor, stage, TV and film actor

Paris: Declan McCavana, senior lecturer, École Polytechnique, Paris

New Delhi: Dhruv Shetty, actor, Akshara Repertory Company

Tallinn: Üllar Saaremäe, actor, director, chair of Estonia-Ireland Parliamentary Group

Zurich: Martin Wheeler, translator and editor

Washington DC: Eric Motley, Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute

Bogotá: Joe Broderick, actor, writer and translator

Nairobi: Nyambura Consolata, staff member at the Embassy of Ireland

Sofia: Dimitar Markov, theatre actor

Boston: Donal O'Sullivan, member of Here Come Everybody Players

Bratislava: Robert Roth, Slovakia’s leading stage actor

New Haven: Frankie Thomas, writer

Santiago: Federico Sánchez, architect, academic and broadcaster

Ljubljana: Špela Bešter

Hanoi: Nguyen Thi Huong

El Paso: Beto O'Rourke, former Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate

Dublin: Olwen Fouéré, theatre artist and actor

Johannesburg: Nompumelelo Mahlangu, Sibikwa Inclusive Creative Arts programme

Ottawa: Margaret Harvey O’Kelly, Ottawa Bloomsday

Dublin: Kevin Doris, actor

Dublin: Prof Regina Uí Chollatáin, Head of School of Irish, UCD

Madrid: Sara Cantó, Founder of the Bloomsday Society, Madrid

Belfast: Amanda Coogan, performance artist and sign-language interpreter

St Petersburg: Tatiana Ivanova, Irish Cultural Centre, Herzen State University

Long Island: Colum McCann, writer

South Bend: Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor and US Presidential candidate

Bucharest: Ada Gales, film and TV actor

Nicosia: Vaggelis Gettos, poet and musician

New York City: Eon Grey, actor

Sofia: Iglika Vassileva, translator of Ulysses into Bulgarian

Tokyo: Satoko Baba, kimono designer

Riga: Samira Adgezalova, Anta Aizupe (silent), actors

 

Production Credits

 

Original score composed & performed by: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Creative Direction: bigO, Eugene Downes & Simon O’Connor

Creative Producer: Jane Lawrenson

Editor: Enda Rowan

Cinematographer: Simon O'Neill

Music Production / Percussion: James Mackin 

Mix & Sound Design: Tim O'Donovan 

Live Score Sound: Alan Scully

 

Script (words from Ulysses by James Joyce)

 

Scene 1: Coast - Morning

A little trouble about those white corpuscles. Silence, all.

White breast of the dim sea. The twining stresses, two by two.

Scene 2: Coast – Late Morning

Touch me. Soft eyes. Soft soft hand. I am lonely here.

I am, stride at a time. A very short space of time through very short times of space.

Scene 3: Pharmacy - Day

Quest for the philosopher's stone… Living all day among herbs, ointments, disinfectants.

Something going on: some solidarity.

Scene 4: Cemetery, Memorial – Day

Faithful departed. As you are now so once were we.

Scene 5: Library – Day

Life is many days, this will end.

Scene 6: Hotel – Day

Nations of the earth. No-one behind.  Then and not till then.

Scene 7: Irish Bar – Day

Love loves to love love. 

Scene 8: Coast – Evening

The year returns. History repeats itself. Life, love, voyage round your own little world.

Scene 9: City – Night

But tomorrow is a new day will be. 

Scene 10: Bedroom – Night

The sun shines for you he said…

yes I said yes I will Yes.

 

About the Museum of Literature Ireland


The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) is a new landmark cultural institution in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. Picturesquely located on the southside of St Stephen’s Green in some of Dublin’s finest historic houses, MoLI’s cutting-edge exhibitions explore Ireland’s incredible literary heritage. Set amidst beautiful gardens, Dublin’s newest museum is an inspirational oasis for visitors to the city centre. The museum celebrates Ireland’s internationally renowned literary culture and heritage from the past to the present, inspiring the next generation to create, read and write. Immersive multimedia exhibitions, priceless artifacts, lectures, performances, free-to-access children’s education programmes, historic house tours, digital broadcasting, research facilities and a courtyard café set in one of the city’s most beautiful and tranquil gardens make the Museum of Literature Ireland a major contribution to the local and international literary landscape.


MoLI is a major partnership and creative alliance between University College Dublin (UCD) and the National Library of Ireland (NLI), supported by The Naughton Foundation and Fáilte Ireland.

 

 

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