LONDON Peter Bogdanovich, Maureen O’Hara and Jim Sheridan will be among guests and speakers at a conference in Dublin devoted to the legacy of Irish-American director John Ford.
The inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will take place June 7-10, opening with a screening of Ford’s silent epic, “Iron Horse,” at the National Concert Hall, with a live musical accompaniment from the RTE Concert Orchestra.
Bogdanovich, who made the doc “Directed by John Ford,” will give a public interview and masterclass. O’Hara will attend a 60th anniversary screening of “The Quiet Man,” considered to be one of Ford’s most personal films, set and shot in the west of Ireland where his parents came from. O’Hara starred in the movie alongside John Wayne.
Guests also include the director’s grandson Dan Ford and producer Redmond Morris, son of “The Quiet Man” producer Lord Killanin.
Ford’s biographer Joseph McBride will deliver the keynote Ford lecture.
There will be over a dozen public screenings, including the first Irish showing of recently discovered feature “Upstream,” plus academic panel discussions and an industry hub, featuring a slew of directors including Sheridan, John Boorman
, Brian Kirk and Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
A 20th anniversary screening of “Unforgiven” will celebrate Clint Eastwood as the recipient of the first John Ford Award. His son Kyle Eastwood will feature in a film music event, and Joel Cox, editor of “Unforgiven” and “Mystic River,” will also give a masterclass.
The event is organized by the Irish Film & TV Academy, whose chief exec Aine Moriarty said: “The Academy is proud that this annual Ford Film Symposium will now be held in Ireland each year, where film fans, Ford enthusiasts and filmmakers can gather to examine and learn from Ford’s work and legacy.