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Patrick’s Day Opening Night Screening Q&A


Friday 6th February at the IFI

The esteemed psychiatrist Professor Ivor Browne will attend the opening night screening of PATRICK’S DAY at the Irish Film Institute on Friday 6th February where he will take part in a post-film Q&A with director Terry McMahon and cast, hosted by TV3’s Elaine Crowley.

The critically acclaimed film stars Moe Dunford, Kerry Fox, Catherine Walker and Philip Jackson. Moe, who will be honoured at next month’s Berlin International Film Festival, plays a young man with mental health issues who becomes intimate with a flight attendant (Walker) with her own demons. When his obsessive mother (Fox) finds out she enlists a dysfunctional detective (Jackson) to separate them. PATRICK’S DAY is a provocative love story which explores the right to intimacy.

The former Chief Psychiatrist of the Eastern Health Board and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at University College Dublin, Professor Browne has had a distinguished career at the forefront of Irish psychiatry and has been unstinting in his support of PATRICK’S DAY, a film that he believes could have a lasting societal impact.

Ivor Browne’s opposition to orthodox psychiatry made him a vital and controversial figure in Irish public life up until his retirement in the mid-90s. He was instrumental in bringing about a fundamental change in psychiatric practice in the this country which took the care of mental patients away from large institutions and brought it into the community. His books include Ivor Browne: Music and Madness (2009) and The Writings of Ivor Brown: Steps Along the Road, the Evolution of a Slow Learner (2013) both published by Cork University Press.

TV3’s Elaine Crowley will host the Q&A on the night.

PATRICK’S DAY will be released in cinemas around the country from the 6th of February. Tickets for the opening night screening at the IFI are available to purchase on their website.