SwanSong Films to make Irish Film Board doc for After ’16
The Irish Film Board has just announced the winners of their latest short film scheme, After ’16. Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) invited filmmakers to give their response to 1916 and the hundred years since. With Joe Dolan to direct, Sinead McCoole on board as writer and Niamh Heery to produce, the short documentary will be called A Father’s Letter.
On the eve of his execution in Kilmainham Gaol, Michael Mallin’s two-year-old son Joseph was brought to see him. Although Joseph was too young at the time to remember, his father wrote a letter to his mother that night that would change the course of the young boy’s life forever. In it he tells his wife and family he loves them and asks his little boy to be a priest.
Fr. Joe, now 101 years old, is the sole surviving child of the executed leaders of 1916. Fr. Joe was sent to China in 1948 and subsequently to Hong Kong due to the danger to religious people under the Communist Revolution. He remembers vividly the scenes of abject poverty he witnessed in those early days. He has remained there ever since, where he has run a Jesuit school in the city.