In-GB were lucky to receive an invitation to a reception for JOHN FORD Ireland in the Irish Embassy last week. The reception was to share the wonderful news that The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA), in association with the John Ford Estate and the Irish Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, have established ‘JOHN FORD IRELAND’, celebrating the work and legacy of John Ford, in December 2011.
The Irish Film & Television Academy will through JOHN FORD IRELAND, lay the foundations for honouring, examining and learning from the work and legacy of legendary filmmaker John Ford, who is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation.
John Ford is responsible for creating some of the most enduring films in cinematic history – inspiring, engaging and resonating with audiences, of all ages, around the world. John Ford still holds the record for winning the most Oscars for Best Director along with claiming the very first AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by President Richard Nixon. Over a film career spanning fifty seven years, Ford directed 136 films, receiving 26 Oscar Nominations. Ford was the first film maker to receive America’s highest honour – the Medal of Freedom.
Ford always emphasised his Irishness and paid numerous visits to the land of his parentage throughout his life – including a visit to his father’s birthplace Spiddal, Co. Galway, during the Civil War. His beloved yacht the Araner, was named in honour of his mother’s birthplace – the Aran Islands.
Further details for the upcoming JOHN FORD IRELAND – Film Symposium can be found at www.johnfordireland.org
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