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Thursday 31 July 2014

Noel Pearson

SHANE ROSS

Published 21/10/2007|00:00

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After 40 years in show business, Noel Pearson remains not only a legend , but also a man of frenzied activity.

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Pearson, 64, has several projects on the go, and his reluctance to be interviewed belies the impresario's trio of films in the pipeline.

The producer of My Left Foot and The Field has never rested on his laurels. His new film, How About You?, stars Vanessa Redgrave, Brenda Fricker and Imelda Staunton. It is based on a Maeve Binchy story about a clash of generations and a judge in a retirement home.

Parallel to that, Pearson is shooting a documentary about his old friend Ronnie Drew (Pearson managed his group for 13 years), and is making a film about an African Zulu who won the New York marathon in 1992.

Pearson's career is spectacular by any standards. He almost became part of the establishment when he was appointed chairman of the Abbey Theatre back in 1987.

No stranger to controversy, he cut costs at the theatre, where he registered major successes, notably Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa, which he later brought to Broadway. A blistering success, it was nominated for eight Tony awards -- and won four. In 1998, he made it into a film starring Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon.

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