A FEATURE film on the life of artist Pauline Bewick, directed by Ballyheigue man Maurice Galway (pictured) and aired on RTE last Tuesday, has received rave reviews from the press, film industry and the general public.
Over 147,500 people tuned in to watch 'Pauline Bewick: Yellow Man Grey Man' on Tuesday night, after which fellow artist turned film director, Maurice, was inundated with well wishes and compliments from those in the industry and beyond.
Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan called it a 'superb film,' while film producer Ned Dowd, who made such major films as The Last of the Mohicans and Veronica Guerin wrote: "Wonderful..what a treat ... enriching and magical..beautifully produced."
There was also a very positive review in The Sunday Independent, where TV critic Declan Lynch said: "To move from the utter degeneracy of The Seanad debate to the truth and brilliance of Bewick, was to be reminded that, somehow, our civilization can withstand just about anything that the grey men can do to it".
Pauline Bewick herself was equally impressed, saying: "When I watched it, it was like breathing. The director, cameraman and crew were intelligent. I felt at ease to reveal myself and what I said would not be misinterpreted. The film ended up being just me".
Others who congratulated Maurice on his vision included Senator David Norris, Academy Award recipient and film historian Kevin Brownlow and Maurice's old school principal, John O'Regan, from Causeway Comprehensive.
For those who missed the film, there will be a special evening in Siamsa Tíre on November 7 where Pauline Bewick will be a special guest and will do an interview following the screening. The film will also be available to purchase on DVD on the night,