SEIS Academic Forum Series
Forum on Irish/British Studies
Documenting Irish culture and society through my films
Maurice Fitzpatrick is a film director and an author from Ireland who was educated in Trinity College Dublin. He has made two documentary films for the BBC: The Boys of St. Columb’s which tells the story of the first generation of children to receive free secondary education as a result of the ground-breaking 1947 Education Act in Northern Ireland. The second film is Translations which shows how translation came to spearhead a cultural movement in both Northern and Southern Ireland.
In 2017, Maurice Fitzpatrick wrote, directed and produced a documentary feature film, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America which has been welcomed by Thomas O Neill, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, as‘the most succinct narrative on the history of Northern Ireland spanning from Bloody Sunday to the Good Friday Agreement I have seen’; and by Northern Ireland Assembly member, Claire Hanna, as‘one of the most important documentaries ever screened about the Irish political process’. This time, Fitzpatrick will share his original idea, motivation and writing experiences when he produced the film.