Videos of Interest
By Irish America Staff
June / July 2001
In March of this year, when all of New York was thinking green, The Irish Tenors held a concert to honor those who set their hearts on the red, white, and blue. The live “Ellis Island” concert was held in the Registry Hall of the main building where 15-year-old Irish citizen Annie Moore was the first to set foot and where 12 million followed between 1892 to 1924. The talented trio led the audience on an emotional musical journey through the frightening yet fiercely hopeful voyage of these immigrants, who constitute more than 40 percent of America’s ancestors. A video recording of the moving evening, which featured songs popular in New York local taverns, and of course Irish ballads such as “Danny Boy” and “Forty Shades of Green” will be available at local video stores in September.
A new video boxed set charting the history of rock n roll in the Emerald Isle has been released and yes, it even predates U2. Producer-director David Heffernan has packed From a Whisper to a Scream with artists pre and post-the fabulous Irish four-some. Archival material and live footage delve into the stories of Thin Lizzy, Clannad, The Cranberries along with Rory Gallagher, Stiff Little Fingers and Ash. The documentary also includes interviews with In the Name of the Father director Jim Sheridan, Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof and, of course, Mr. Bono Vox himself. Ask for it at a video store near you. (Fox Lorber, unrated, 3 vols., also available on DVD)
Belfast-based Hot Shot Films has released in conjunction with the BBC a gorgeous, compelling film exploring the immense body of poetry that responded to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Narrated by Paul Muldoon, Lines of Fire features such notables as Seamus Heaney, Tom Paulin, Michael Longley and Paul Durcan. The film brings the immediacy and heartbreak of the conflict to the forefront with televised coverage of the violence and readings by actors Stephen Rea, Adrian Dunbar, Ian McElhinney and Brid Brennan. It all amounts to a plangent call for peace. ♦