Throes by Neil Jordan

RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA published this video item, entitled “Throes by Neil Jordan” – below is their description.

Dublin in these rare old times… #lockdown2020 #malonedies Academy award winning director, screenwriter and novelist Neil Jordan has taken this extraordinary footage shot by videographer Alex Sapienza, from the depths of Dublin’s lockdown and made from it a portrait of a paralysed city: Throes. Actor Stephen Rea performs an extract from Malone Dies, by Samuel Beckett as the wonderfully chilling narration to the images. In 1976, Rea was directed by Samuel Beckett in Endgame, at the Royal Court. His collaborations with Jordan include Angel, The Company of Wolves, The Crying Game, Michael Collins, The End of The Affair, Breakfast On Pluto and The Butcher Boy. The footage was originally shot for the RTÉ documentary “MayDay: 24 Hours in Ireland’s Lockdown,” produced and directed by John Downes, Executive Producers Tara Peterman and Darragh Byrne, for an RTÉ Current Affairs – Documentary Unit collaboration. Jordan says: “A city without citizens. There’s a beauty in the emptiness, and the dislocated sense of a nightmare, all of which makes Beckett’s words strangely appropriate”. Excerpt from Samuel Beckett’s ‘Malone Dies’ by kind permission of the Estate of Samuel Beckett and Les Editions de Minuit and Faber & Faber as Publishers. Credits Throes By Neil Jordan Narrator: Stephen Rea Cinematographer: Alex Sapienza Editor: Nick Emerson Produced by The Lab @ RTÉ


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The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.

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