22nd March: from 7.00pm
A House Divided
A rare chance to see John T. Davis’ thoughtful and revealing 2003 documentary, following the work of Belfast artist Noel Murphy as he undertakes to paint the members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Available on QFT Player from 7.00pm on Monday 23rd March, and free to watch until Sunday 28th March.
In 2002, four years after the Good Friday Agreement, journalist Eamon Mallie was instrumental in the public commissioning of a portrait of the 108 members of the recently elected Northern Ireland Assembly. Noel Murphy’s painting ‘The House Will Divide’ was the outcome of that commission, and it now hangs in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
The artist’s creation of this painting is the subject of John T. Davis’ film. Shot with the director’s unobtrusive objectivity and distinctive camerawork, the film shadows Mallie as he interviews the sitters – key players including the Reverend Ian Paisley, John Hume, David Trimble, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
Dir: John T. Davis | 2003 | UK/Ireland | 1 hr 15 mins