New Release: A Call to Arts: An Artistic Journey in Ireland 1935-1975

January 6, 2023 - New Fine Arts Documentary set in Ireland  


A Film About Love, Art, Revolution & Ireland, A Call to Arts premiered on the RTÉ Network in Ireland and Connecticut Public Television.

"It is a wonderful piece of work - fascinating for the political and personal histories it reveals; lively in its expert contributors and visually very rewarding - not least for Helen's beautiful and important photographic and sculptural works."

Sunniva O'Flynn - Head of Irish Film Programming at the Irish Film Institute  

2021 | 56 minutes | SDH Subtitles

A Call to Arts explores Helen Hooker and Ernie O’Malley’s lives and their contributions to the arts in a newly independent Ireland. The film examines the photography and sculpture of Helen Hooker, and her marriage with Irish soldier and author, Ernie O’Malley. It’s an artistic journey in Ireland that takes place from 1935-1975.

A Call to Arts is not only about Helen Hooker and Ernie O’Malley in Ireland, but also about their youngest son Cormac’s mission to discover their incredible legacy. The unlikely pair fell in love in New York and together they helped change the shape of the arts in Ireland in the 20th century.

A Call to Arts showcases insights from over 22 interviews in conversation with rich archival images and video, some never seen before, to describe a turbulent and inspired arts journey through a newly independent Ireland.

The film seeks to examine the intersection of modernism in arts and literature and Irish independence. Helen Hooker and Ernie O’Malley were a couple who, by all accounts, made it their work to see Ireland not for how it was, but for what it could become.

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