The Arts Council and University College Cork are delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Gilsenan as Film Artist in Residence for 2019–2020.
The Film Artist in Residence role is jointly funded by the Arts Council and UCC, and is offered in association with the Cork Film Festival. It is designed to provide a screenwriter of distinction with a unique opportunity to develop his/her practice in a university environment, while offering students the opportunity to engage with a practising artist in a meaningful way during the course of their studies and their wider cultural involvement in campus life.
Alan Gilsenan is the sixth film artist to be appointed to the role and follows Carmel Winters, Gerry Stembridge, Hugh Travers, Mark O’Halloran and Pat Murphy who enjoyed successful residencies at UCC since 2014.
During his residency, Alan Gilsenan will engage with students in UCC, both specialists in Film and Screen Media and undergraduates and postgraduates more widely through a range of events on campus. He will also participate in a public event at the Cork Film Festival in November 2019 and a public event in UCC in 2020.
Speaking of the appointment Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at the Arts Council, said: ‘The Arts Council wishes to congratulate Alan Gilsenan on his appointment as Film Artist in Residence at UCC. Alan has had a distinguished film career as a writer and director over thirty years and will bring his unique film-making talent to the role. We hope the residency will provide him with the time and space to further his own artistic practice.’
Professor Chris Williams, Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC, added: “We are very excited to be welcoming Alan Gilsenan to the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences in UCC as Film Artist in Residence. His residency will generate some fantastic opportunities for students across the campus, and we are enormously eager to anticipate the multiple ways in which the presence of an artist of his extraordinary range and accomplishment will enrich our ongoing commitment to developing a creative environment for the university and the wider community.”
Alan Gilsenan Biography
Alan Gilsenan is an award-winning writer, film-maker and theatre director. He wrote and directed the feature film Unless, with Catherine Keener in the central role and based upon the final novel of Carol Shields. It received it’s world premiere at Toronto Film Festival. He also wrote and directed The Meeting which premiered at the 2018 Dublin International Film Festival, as well as recently writing an adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa’s epic novel about Roger Casement The Dream of the Celt. He also made the acclaimed experimental cinema films A Vision: A Life of WB Yeats and Meetings with Ivor. Alan Gilsenan’s other film drama also includes the short thriller Zulu 9 as well as two experimental feature films All Souls’ Day (which he also wrote) and Timbuktu. He uniquely received an Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) nomination for Timbuktu as both director and production designer. He has received three IFTA awards, six IFTA nominations and two Jacobs Awards.