Thursday, March 24, 2011


The External World from David OReilly on Vimeo.

I realise that people don't tend to watch 17 minute videos on the Internet. You can shoot your load much quicker than that. But, should you have the time and inclination, this award-winning film by Irish animator David O'Reilly is well-worth a look. There's also a good interview with him here (and check out the link to his King's Speech pisstake acceptance speech). It may not be to everyone's liking, but it'll certainly stay with you: the "punch in the brain" that he refers to. It's frustrating that an artist like David has to live in Berlin to be able to do what he wants, but hardly surprising. Whenever I encounter people who can't see the value of art and of novel ideas in society I want to point out that even the purveyors of utilitarian entertainments like Fair City must have harboured loftier creative notions, once.

2 comment(s):

Megan said...

I can't access the video. Is it, somewhat ironically, because I'm in Berlin?

Andrew said...

Hey Megan. sorry for leaving your comment in moderation hell for four days, I don't get an email to notify me of comments on older posts, which means I only pick up on them when I sign into Blogger itself.
I don't know what the story with the video is, it was available to view on this page for a few days, before that message went up about me not having permission to embed it. It's the same on Eoin Butler's page, and I imagine he had full permission to embed it, given that the interviewed the maker. It's not on david o'reilly's Vimeo page any more either, which suggests there may be some copyright issue with it. he certainly doesn't seem the sort to stop people watching his work for no reason. You might still be able to watch it on his official site (there's a link in my post), I haven't checked yet.