Instigator Films presents, a new feature documentary by Brian Lally

"The Curious Works of Roger Doyle"

★★★★★ "Moving and brilliant" - RTE

After a successful film festival run, this film concluded a critically acclaimed cinema release in Ireland in November 2019.

In early 2020, it will also screen at selected arts centres around Ireland.

This film will be released on DVD and online in Spring 2020.

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★★★★★ "Mesmerically beautiful" - RTE

Film Reviews, Press Articles, Interviews

Film Reviews

★★★★★ "Moving and brilliant... mesmerically beautiful" - RTE

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★★★★ "Triumphant homage to a musical genius" - Sunday Independent

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"A fine visual and musical experience" - No More WorkHorse

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"Impressive documentary" - Film Ireland

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"A compelling watch" -

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"Decent documentary... on one of the most important Irish composers of the last 50 years... an alternative history of recent Irish culture" - Irish Times

Press Articles

"Fascinating documentary... well worth catching" - Daily Mirror article by Jason O'Toole

"Enthralling documentary" - Irish American News article by Charley Brady


Interview with filmmaker Brian Lally on IFTN

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Interview with filmmaker Brian Lally on No More WorkHorse

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"Absolutely fantastic... Ireland's best kept secret" - NEAR FM 90.3

List to full radio interview with Brian Lally here

Film Synopsis

"The Curious Works of Roger Doyle" is a feature documentary which looks at the life's work of Irish composer Roger Doyle as he gets a chance to stage one of his most ambitious musical projects; his first electronic opera. Presented with this opportunity, late in life, it is Roger's last chance to bring his music to a wider audience. As the film observes the preparations for the opera, it takes a trip through the unique music of the "Godfather of Irish electronica" and features contributions from his many collaborators such as actress Olwen Fouere, theatre director Selina Cartmell and some of Ireland's first wave of pioneering filmmakers from the 1970s and 1980s - Joe Comerford, Bob Quinn and Cathal Black.

The film features a wide range of rare Irish TV and film archive material covering four decades of Roger's musical work and was made thanks to funding from Screen Ireland.

The film was shot over 10 years by director Brian Lally and is his first feature documentary.

"I was beguiled, intrigued and perplexed by Roger Doyle's music which I had been aware of for many years before we actually met in the mid Noughties. This film is the product of both my reaction to his music and the act of shining a light onto one of Ireland's most overlooked and enigmatic artists. The staging of the opera proved fascinating and the end result was one of the most remarkable spectacles I had ever seen on an Irish stage." - Brian Lally

Film Clips from "The Curious Works of Roger Doyle"

Roger Doyle talks about studying electronica music in Holland

Olwen Fouere talks about forming Operating Theatre

Roger Doyle talks about pioneering Irish filmmaker Joe Comerford

Film Festivals - Official Selection

Galway Film Fleadh (World Premiere) - July 2018

IFI Documentary Festival Dublin - September 2018

Cork Film Festival - November 2018

Dingle International Film Festival - March 2019

Docs Ireland Belfast - June 2019

YoFiFest, Yonkers, New York (American premiere) - November 2019

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