Nuala O'Faolain documentary wins award
A documentary about the life of the late novelist Nuala O'Faolain has won the Most Popular International Documentary award at the Vancouver Film Festival.
The RTE feature-length production made by Irish filmmakers Patrick Farrelly and Kate O'Callaghan was among the main winners at the Canadian event last weekend.
'Nuala' details her early life and difficult childhood as the daughter of gossip columnist Terry O'Sullivan. It also touches on her relationship with journalist Nell McCafferty and her rise to international fame through her best-selling memoir in 1996. The final section deals with O'Faolain's death, her attitude towards it and her decision to reject chemotherapy. Director Patrick Farrelly told the Irish Independent: "What's clear was Nuala's life-long struggle with the impact of choices that her parents made, people really relate to that. It's what makes the film universal."