My Cultural Life: Writer, Director and Filmmaker John McIlduff

John McIlduff is Co-Artistic Director of Northern Ireland multimedia production company Dumbworld and has written and directed the sound and screen installations of the Scorched Earth trilogy with Irish National Opera, screened free at Trinity College Dublin on Friday and Saturday.

RESERVE: Little things like this

little things like this by Claire Keegan held me in bed one Saturday morning and couldn’t get up until I was done. This is beautiful, meaningful storytelling that packs so much of our fragile love and hidden shame into its 100 pages.

There’s magic in it. You feel your heart turning as the story unlocks. It inspires a desire to be the braver version of yourself. I’m now diving back into everything in their back catalogue.

MOVIE: The dance

Pat Collins is one of my favorite filmmakers and his new documentary The dance is a rare thing: a brilliant work of art about the making of an amazing work of art: the dance production MAM by Michael Keegan-Dolan/Teac Damsa.

The viewer is invited into the creative process and floats in the rehearsal space while Keegan-Dolan, the dancers and musicians invent, improvise and create the show. It is pure cinema that captures the vulnerability and joy of creating together.

MUSIC: Night tracks

A lot of my work involves focused listening, whether it’s developing new pieces of music that are part of my projects or learning about the work of new songwriters and composers for future collaborations.

If it’s not for work, I tune in night tracks on BBC Radio 3, co-hosted by composer Hannah Peel. It’s an eclectic mix of music that always gives me something to delve deeper into.

FESTIVAL: Edinburgh Edge

The cultural event I’m most looking forward to is Edinburgh Fringe this summer. I missed starting the day with Belgian puppet shows and criss-crossing the city all day only to end up in front of a five-hour epic by the latest German prodigy.

Nowhere else in the world can you experience the concentration of performance, art and music. My Cultural Life: Writer, Director and Filmmaker John McIlduff

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