“An American in Paris making films about Ireland” – this is how Donal Foreman describes his father, Arthur MacCaig, in Foreman’s fascinating film essay about his father, The Imagine You Missed, screening at Dublin Road Movie House on August 9 as part of Belfast Film Festival.
During his career, Irish-American MacCaig (1948-2008) made films about the conflict in Northern Ireland and left behind a visual archive spanning thirty years – images Foreman uses to find out what he has in common with his father. But it’s the differences that stand out: Foreman moved back to Dublin, while MacCaig had preferred to film in divided Belfast.
Arthur MacCaig’s archive footage from the Northern Ireland is an artefact from another time, which still feels near. The Image You Missed is an enthralling historical exhumation that erases the boundary between the personal and the political.
The Director will take part in a Q&A following the screening. Tickets are available here, priced at £3 for concessions & £6 full price. The screening runs from 7-9pm.