IAPI Film Club

The Elephant Man

Tuesday 17th February

18:30 to 20:30

Odessa Club. 14 Dame Court Dublin 2


In February the IAPI movie club will take a look at a bio-pic with a difference: David Lynch's The Elephant Man starring John Lynch, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft and John Gielgud.

Produced by of all people Mel Brooks, this film illustrates a remarkable use of sound and imagery in its story telling and is a wonderful example of the extraordinary alchemy that can be created when the right director is attached to a compelling story.

This was only David Lynch's second feature and it was nominated for 8 Oscars.  For those of  you who feel some of his work can be difficult to access this is one of Lynch's most conventional films from a narrative point of view and makes an excellent jumping off point to appreciate his work. 

We will be doing a full analysis of the film and will be revisiting

  • structure
  • the protagonist-antagonist relationship
  • visual and auditory rhymes
  • use of sound design (which was a tour de force in this film)
  • the importance of theme in bio-pics.

It's a weepie so tissues will be provided at the usual screening time and place in Odessa. We look forward to seeing you there.

Rachel O Flanagan is script editor and development executive having started her career in the Film Industry in 1996. After several years as development executive for Treasure Films, Rachel went freelance and has worked on developing and script editing feature films and television dramas. Her produced credits include Good Vibrations, The Stag, The Running Mate, Rasaí na Gaillimhe, Showbands 1 & 2; The Clinic and On Home Ground.  Rachel trained with Bobette Buster, author of Do/Story on her Visual Storytelling training course; with Stephen Cleary on the MEDIA Arista course and studied The Sequence Approach with the professors of screenwriting at USC.

Rachel has been a guest lecturer at the Huston Film School; the National Film School (IADT); DCU School of Communications and Filmbase. She has acted as script editor and external panel member for the MA Screenwriting course in IADT and as a reader / jury member for the Tiernan McBride Script awards; the IFTAs; the Digital Media Awards and North by Northwest MEDIA training programme.

In 2012 Rachel curated "one of the liveliest sessions at the Mountains to Sea Festival" (The Irish Times) bringing together, for the first time, screenwriters Lisa Albert from Mad Men and Jeppe Gjervig Gram from Borgen to discuss their work at a sold out event.

In 2013 she chaired a second television drama event with writers Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge); Ben Richards (The Tunnel/Spooks); and Allan Cubitt (The Fall)

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