Shem the Penman

Padraig Trehy

Description

SHEM THE PENMAN is a musical and cinematic journey into James Joyce’s creative imagination, inspired by Joyce’s connection to the tenor John McCormack.
Shem The Penman is an imagined archive of the actual and much fabled friendship between James Joyce and tenor John McCormack.
The character of Shaun the Post in Joyce’s “unreadable” novel, Finnegans Wake was based on McCormack.?

Joyce portrayed himself as Shaun’s lowly twin brother, Shem the Penman.
Joyce and McCormack’s encounters are reimagined and interrupted by a series of films within the film which chart the exploits of Shem and Shaun. As Joyce’s eyesight fails, the narrative is carried by a mix of archive recordings and imaginary radio broadcasts.

Details
Title

Shem the Penman

Year

2015

Creator

Padraig Trehy

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Feature

Genre

Surrealist

Subject

John McCormack; James Joyce; Finnegans Wake; relationships

Language

English

Duration

01:18:00

Original format

Digital 2k available in DCP

Aspect ratio

Mainly 16:9 but some sequences vary in aspect ratio

Colour

Black & White

Sound

Sound

Rights

Pooleen Productions

Artist website

www.padraigtrehy.com

Link to work

https://vimeo.com/155235259