Screening of the Documentary “The Funny Child” at the Lithographie


THE LAUGHING CHILD by Alan Gilshelan
(An Buachaill Gealgháireaching Boy / Alan Gilsenan, Ireland, 2022, documentary, colour, 91 minutes)

– The story of a song’s magical transformation –


The Irish song “The Laughing Boy” was written by teenage rebel Brendan Bean as a tribute to another legendary rebel, Michael Collins, whose memory will be commemorated in 2022 on the centenary of his death. But the song enjoyed a great second life as “The Laughing Child”, the left-wing anthem of resistance to the Junta.
Translated by the poet Vasilis Rota, Bian’s lyrics were set to music by Mikis Theodorakis, the leading Greek composer.
The film follows poet Theo Dorgan on his personal Odyssey as he tries to discover the truth behind the song.
It is a narrative that weaves together the tragic and bloody stories of both modern Ireland and modern Greece.
But the stories of both are connected by something much deeper and transcendent: the power of a song.
With original music by Eleni Karaindrou and with the participation of personalities such as Maria Farandouri, Pantelis Voulgaris, Roberos Manthoulis and Pantelis Boukalas, the film unravels the thread of the unexpected transformations of a song, but also the thread of the turbulent history of two peoples.. .

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Directed by: Alan Gilshelan
Screenplay: Theo Dorgan
Cinematography: Colm Hogan
Editing: Bjorn Mac Giolla
Sound: John (Bob) Brennan, Kieran Horgan
Music: Eleni Karaindrou
Production: Imagine Media
Producers: Kathryn Baird, Sheila Friel
Narrated by Theo Dorgan
Color: Color
Country of Manufacture: Ireland
Year of Production: 2022
Duration: 91′


Audience Award of the 25th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – 2023
Pull Focus Award for Best New Irish Documentary – Docs Ireland 2022

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