Truth at 24 frames a second? A working dialogue between a film-maker and a historical consultant about the making of The Enigma of Frank Ryan

Desmond Bell, Fearghal McGarry

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Abstract

We employ a practice-based methodology based on a ‘live’ film project to explore the different ways that film-makers and historians narrate the past. Through a case-study of the production and exhibition of a drama-documentary feature-film, The Enigma of Frank Ryan, on which both authors (film-maker Bell and historian McGarry) worked respectively as director and historical consultant, we explore a range of critical issues arising from our collaboration. Through a dialogue between a director and a historian, a model of good practice between historians and film-makers emerges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-639
Number of pages19
JournalRETHINKING HISTORY
Volume19
Issue number4
Early online date20 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • film
  • history
  • Frank, Ryan
  • IRA
  • Spanish Civil War
  • collaboration

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