The Curious Works of Roger Doyle
Cert: PG; Selected Cinemas
Many years ago, Irish composer Roger Doyle was told that his work was the flowering of a seed that was never planted in his country. Perhaps the absence of a history of electronic music in Ireland explains why someone who has been a full-time professional composer for almost five decades, has made 27 albums, won prizes and international acclaim remains largely under the radar here. But long-time aficionado, filmmaker Brian Lally hopes to shine some light on this Bray-based artist with his documentary.
The film juxtaposes Doyle, a warm and unassuming subject, talking about his life and route to music with the preparation for his first fulllength electronic opera, Heresy, which was staged in the Project Arts Centre in 2015.
He says his passion for composing has never dimmed and he composes every single day. A mix of electronic, orchestral and experimental music, long-time collaborator
Olwen Fouré says in the film that the music “comes from the mothership”.
Lally’s documentary is a triumphant homage to a musical genius and it’s nice to see and learn about an artist who surely deserves wider acclaim.
For screening details see rogerdoylemovie.com