In Conversation With... Director Stephen Frears




Date event was on: 9th June 2012

Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen, The Hi-Lo Country and Dangerous Liaisons) was the focus of an In Conversation With...event at the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium in 2012

Stephen Frears' rich and varied career was the focus of the conversation as an audience of fans and filmmakers gathered to hear the two-time Oscar-nominated director offer an insight to his winning approach to filmmaking.

Frears has made a number of contributions to Irish cinema, including classics The Snapper and The Van, and he helped launch the career of Daniel Day Lewis with My Beautiful Laundrette. These films, and more, were discussed as Frears noted that his time in Ireland working with writer Roddy Doyle on The Snapper and The Van was "an absolute joy" and "an incredibly happy time". In reference to Doyle's writing, being in Ireland during the early 1990s and the then burgeoning careers of Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan, Frears noted coming to Ireland was "like coming to the centre of the world".

Frears generously fielded a series of audience questions on his career in what proved to be an unmissable hour spent with one of the greats of modern cinema.

Presented in Association With The Irish Film Board

What the audience said:

"I found him a pleasure to listen to."

"An entertaining and informative Q & A."

"I found it very entertaining and as a writer-director myself, extremely insightful."

"In Conversation with Stephen Frears was a unique opportunity to hear from a director who has had a long and incredibly diverse career. The talk provided great insight into Mr. Frear's process and how he came to pick the films he has made."

Presented in Association With The Irish Film Board