Instigator Films presents, a feature documentary by Brian Lally

"The Curious Works of Roger Doyle"

★★★★★ "Moving and brilliant" - RTE

Original cinema version available online in Ireland to rent or buy exclusively on

A shorter television version was screened on RTE television in 2021 and again in 2022. This version is now available to view in Ireland on the RTE Player. RTE recently listed this film in their must-see list of Irish documentaries on culture.

This film will be available online internationally soon. A limited edition Blu-Ray/DVD version will also be available later this year.

After a successful film festival run in Ireland, UK, and the USA throughout 2018 and 2019, this film had a critically acclaimed cinema release in Ireland in November 2019.

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★★★★★ "Mesmerically beautiful" - RTE

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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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"Documentary on the 'godfather of electronic music' was electrifying" - Sunday Independent (print review of TV version)

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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 - Jason O'Toole

"Enthralling documentary" - Irish American News - Charley Brady

"Compelling documentary" - RTE Guide


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 & General Information

"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, perhaps, 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 completed 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. I structured the film around the launch, rehearsals and finally, the opening night of his first electronic opera. Thankfully, observing this process proved to be fascinating and the end result was one of the most remarkable spectacles I had ever seen on an Irish stage." - Brian Lally

Versions of the film:

As of August 2021, there are now two different versions of the film in circulation: the original cinema version (2018) which runs at 105 minutes and the more recent TV version (2021) which runs at 79 minutes. The main difference is that the TV version omits the extensive section about Roger's film soundtrack work and some of the behind-the-scenes footage of the opera rehearsals. The other notable difference is that the cinema version has a 2:4 aspect ratio while the TV version was remastered at 16:9 for broadcast.

For full cast and crew listing, see the IMDB listing here

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 (from cinema version)

Roger Doyle in China (a deleted scene which will be available as an extra on the Blu-Ray/DVD)

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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