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TitleNORA
Production companyVolta Films Productions
Natural Nylon Entertainment
IAC Holdings
Road Movies
Vierte Produktionen
Metropolitan Films
SponsorBord Scannán na hEireann/Irish Film Board
RTE Independent Production Unit
Eurimages
Film Forderung, Hamburg
Ministeri per Culturali Departmenti della Spetticoli
Country of originIreland
Italy
Germany
ProducerADAMS, Bradley
BRYANT, Damon
SEAWARD, Treacy
MacBRIDE, Tiernan
McGREGOR, Ewan
FLYNN, James
FELSBERG, Ulrich
Pagliei, Gherardo
DirectorMURPHY, Pat
Script/AdaptationMURPHY, Pat
STEMBRIDGE, Gerry
PhotographyROBIN, Jean Francois
Sound recordingLINDSAY, Peter
EditingDE CIAULA, Pia
Art directionPRITCHARD, Terry
GOULDING, Martin
ORTOLANI, StefanO'Maria
SCHROEDER, Ulrich
Production designMcDONALD, Alan
Costume designBOYLE, Consolata
Executive producerCOLLINS, Guy
STONEMAN, Rod
MILLER, Tony
Music composerSYREWITZ, Stanislas
Music performancePolish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Songs'She Is Far from the Land' vocals: Ewan McGregor, piano: Brian Gascoigne; 'The Lass of Aughrim' vocals: Susan Lynch, Ewan McGregor, guitar: Ewan McGregor; 'Green Isle of Erin' vocals: Ewan McGregor, piano: Brian Gascoigne; 'The Star of the County Down' vocals: Karl Scully, piano: Brian Gascoigne; 'The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' vocals: Ewan McGregor, Ignazio Oliva, piano: Brian Gascoigne; 'The Lass of Aughrim' vocals: Susan Lynch, Ewan McGregor, guitar: Gerry Grennell
CastEwan McGregor (James Joyce), Susan Lynch (Nora Barnacle), Peter McDonald (Stanislas Joyce), Roberto Citrin (Roberto Prezioso), Andrew Scott (Michael Bodkin), Vincent McCabe (Uncle Tommy), Veronica Duffy (Annie Barnacle), Aedin Moloney (Eva Joyce), Pauline McLynn (Miss Kennedy), Neili Conroy (maid), Darragh Kelly (Cosgrave), Alan Devine (Gogarty), Paul Hickey (Curran), Kate O'Toole (Miss Delahunty), Martin Murphy (George Russell), Karl Scully (John McCormack), Frances Burke (old woman), Monica Scattini (Amalia Globocnik), Adrian McCourt (Ayers), Ignazio Oliva (Alessandro Francini Bruni), Stafania Montorsi (Cloyhilde Francini Bruni), Síle Nugent (maid 2), Franco Trevisi (Tullio Sylvestri), Eamonn Hunt (George Roberts), Manuel Bragato (baby Georgio), Liam McCourt, Odin O'Sullivan (Georgio, age 2), Dylan Mooney (Georgio, age 4), Ben Harding (Georgio, age 6), Robin Mooney (Lucia, age 2), Lauren Mulhall (Lucia, age 4).
ColourDeLuxe
SoundDolby Digital
Duration106
Footage9585
Production date1999
Release date2000
CopyIFA
IFA (VHS)
SummaryIn June 1904 James Joyce meets Galwegian Nora Barnacle on a Dublin street. Soon after, the two become lovers. Nora, a hotel maid, is sexually confident and Joyce fears she has been with other men, including his rival Cosgrave. Joyce falls in love with her. He is a writer still struggling to get his first book published, and when he explains how he finds Ireland stifling, he asks her to accompany him to Trieste, where Joyce teaches English and writes. Their relationship is stormy, with Nora, pregnant and homesick, disapproving of Joyce's heavy drinking. They have a boy, Giorgio, and Joyce's younger brother, the supportive Stanislas, comes to stay. Joyce returns to Dublin, including when in 1909 he establishes Ireland's first full-time cinema, and continues to seek a publisher for his short-story collection Dubliners. Joyce's jealousy at Nora's possible sexual encounter with Cosgrave resurfaces, but Oliver St John Gogarty reassures him that the rumour is not true. Joyce and Nora have a second child, Lucia, and they write sexually explicit letters to each other. Joyce returns to Trieste and tries to push Nora into an affair with local newspaper editor Roberto Prezioso. Nora returns to Ireland with the children. Joyce follows her and, after following his repeated failure to publish Dubliners, announces he will never return to Ireland again. Reconciled, the family returns to Trieste.The film ends in 1914 as Ulysses, the landmark modernist novel that is set on the day in 1904 when he first 'walked out' with Nora, is begun.
ReferenceST (Culture), 29/3/1999: 4-5, interview with actress Susan Lynch who is to play Nora Barnacle opposite Ewan McGregor's James Joyce in a new film (Michael Ross).
The Guardian, 1/4/1999: 13, 'Arts Diary', diary piece on Ewan McGregor playing James Joyce in a new film.
IT, 7/4/1999: 13, 'Reel News', short item on Ewan McGregor who is to play James Joyce in Nora directed by Pat Murphy. Shooting begins on/4/23, 1999 (Michael Dwyer).
ST (Review), 16/4/1999: 6, 'Celtic Cannes', brief mention of Ewan McGregor playing James Joyce in Nora directed by Pat Murphy (Ciaran Carty).
IT (Weekend), 22/4/1999: 5, 'Portrait of the Artist as James Joyce', actor Ewan McGregor is at the Cannes Film Festival to promote his latest film, Nora directed by Pat Murphy (Michael Dwyer).
SBP (Agenda), 23/4/1999: 36, 'Cannes Diary', actor Ewan McGregor is at the Cannes Film Festival to promote his latest film, Nora, directed by Pat Murphy (Rod Stoneman).
ST (Culture), 23/4/1999: 10, 'Ruling the Waves', actor Ewan McGregor is at the Cannes Film Festival to promote his latest film, Nora directed by Pat Murphy (Brian Pendreigh).
ST (Review), 13/6/1999: 1, 'Nora in Bloom', article on Nora Barnacle, James Joyce's lifelong companion (Declan Kiberd).
IT (Weekend), 10/7/1999: 1&4, 'Portrait of an Artist', actor Ewan McGregor talks about his portrayal of James Joyce in Pat Murphy's new film Nora (Michael Dwyer).
The Guardian, 20/8/1999: 9, 'What's the Fuss About Ewan McGregor?', profile of actor Ewan McGregor by Rob Mackie.
ST (People and Review), 31/11/1999: 7, short news item on the reaction to Nora at market screenings (Ciaran Carty).
IT (Sound and Vision), 'Reel News', 4/2/2000: 13, Nora directed by Pat Murphy to have its world premiere at the opening of the 15th Dublin Film Festival (Michael Dwyer).
ST (Culture), 13/2/2000: 8, 'A Not-So-Fine Romance', using a big box-office name in Nora has spoiled Pat Murphy's attempt to catch James Joyce's muse on celluloid (Declan Burke).
ST (People and Review), 5/3/2000: 7, short news piece on actress Susan Lynch who's latest role is Nora Barnacle in Pat Murphy's Nora (Ciaran Carty).
15th Dublin Film Festival Programme, 6-16 Apr, 2000, programme notes and director's notes from the 15th Dublin Film Festival Programme (Pat Murphy and Paul Taylor).
The Guardian (Friday Review), 24/3/2000: 10-11, 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Lover', Brenda Maddox sees her book about James Joyce's grand passion becoming a film in Dublin.
The Volta Magazine, vol 2, issue 2, 2000: 16, 'The Scot Report', interview with actor Ewan McGregor about his role as James Joyce in Nora. (David F. Hall).
The Volta Magazine, vol 2, issue 2, 2000: 17, review of Nora.
IT, 1/4/2000: 4, 'For Love of Music, Hats and Jimmy', interview with Nora director Pat Murphy from the 15th Dublin Film Festival Supplement. (Helen Meany).
IT, 1/4/2000: 1, 'Highlights of This Year's Film Festival' - review of Nora from the 15th Dublin Film Festival Supplement.
FI, Issue 75/4/2000: 12-15, 'A Portrait of a Lady', interview with director Pat Murphy about her latest film Nora, her third feature film after Maeve and Anne Devlin which were made in the early 1980s (Ruth Barton).
IT, 4/4/2000: 13, 'For the Love of Joyce', three Joycean experts give their verdicts on Nora (Katie Donovan).
FI, Apr 2000: 43, positive review of Nora (Desmond Traynor).
IT (Sound and Vision), 7/4/2000: 13, 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Lover', synopsis of Nora, the opening film of the 15th Dublin Film Festival (Michael Dwyer).
IT (Weekend), 8/4/2000: 24, 'No Law? The Party Goes On', social column on the premiere of Nora at the opening night of the Dublin FIlm Festival.
ST, 9/4/2000: 24, 'The Sheer Cheek of It', social column on the premiere of Nora at the opening night of the Dublin FIlm Festival by Lise Hand.
SBP (Agenda), 9/4/2000: 35-36, 'My Life With Nora', interview with Ireland director Pat Murphy. She talks about career and her latest film Nora which took ten years to complete (Joanne Hayden).
Nora production notes. Includsgn.: crew list, synopsis, introduction, history, casting, look and feel of the film, costumes, actors speaking about their roles, general production information, credits. Held at the Tiernan MacBride of the Irish Film Institute.
ST (Culture), 16/4/2000: 4-5, 'Time Off for a Life Most Ordinary', interview with actor Ewan McGregor for whom the role of James Joyce has been a creative high point in a long and arduous year (Michael Ross).
ST (Art Life), 16/4/2000: 3, 'A Part That Might Have Been Written For Her', interview with actress Susan Lynch on her current role as Nora Barnacle in Pat Murphy's Nora (Ciaran Carty).
SI (Living and Leisure), 23/4/2000: 32L, 'Hard Times and Colourful Sex', review (Ronan Farren).
ST (Culture), 24/4/2000: 27, preview of Nora.
ST (Art Life), 23/4/2000: 7, 'A Portrait of the Wife as a Muse', review (Ciaran Carty).
ST (Art Life), 23/4/2000: 7, Susan Lynch is to follow her role in Nora with the lead role in the thriller A Little Piece of Earth (Ciaran Carty).
In Dublin, Vol 25 No 8: 50, review by Declan Burke.
Dublin Event Guide, 26/4/- 9/4/2000: 6, review by Pat MacMellow.
The Mail on Sunday, 16/4/2000: 33-34, 'A Passion for Joyce', Nora Barnacle's biographer Brenda Maddox writes on the film Nora.
RTE Guide, 7/4/2000: 8-9, 'It Had to Be Ewan', interview with actor Ewan McGregor. He talks about his career and his latest role as James Joyce in Pat Murphy's Nora (Michael Doherty).
The Guardian (Friday Review), 19/4/2000: 5, 'Sister Act Five', negative review of Nora (Peter Bradshaw).
S&S, 6/2000: 49, review by Kevin Maher.
IT (Weekend), 20/4/2000: 24, 'Telling Tales', gossip column piece on a book launch attended by Pat Murphy before she went to London for the premiere of Nora (Catherine Foley).
FW, issue 40: p14-17, 'Pat Murphy', interview with director Pat Murphy. She talks about her script for Nora. A comparison is made between Nora and her other films Anne Devlin and Maeve. Pat Murphy talks about casting Ewan McGregor as James Joyce. She talks about the potential audience for Nora. She talks about her next two projects (Katie Moylan).
FW, Issue 40, 2000: 58, review by Paula Shields.
IT, 10/6/2000: 9, 'The War of Words Over Joyce's Literary Legacy', article on whether the enjoyment of the works of James Joyce is being over-guarded by the Joyce estate. Includes comment by Gerry Stembridge, co-writer of film Nora (Medbh Ruane).
RTE Guide, 21/4/2000: 66-67, 'Nora: A Woman of Substance', interview with Susan Lynch on her role as Nora Barnacle in Pat Murphy's Nora (Michael Doherty).
RTE Guide, 12/4/2000: 90, 'Fashion', costume designer Consolata Boyle on designing clothes for film (Gisele Scanlon).
Box Office Figures for Irish and Irish interest films from 1999 to 2003 (to date) including Nora.
In Production, October 2003 Vol 6 No. 5: 19, box office figures for the film Nora.
Format35mm
DistributorAlliance-Atlantis (UK)
LanguageEnglish
Production creditsp.c.: Natural Nylon Entertainment in association with IAC Holdings/Volta Films/Road Movies Vierte Produktionen/Gam Film/Metropolitan Films. Supported by Bord Scannán na héireann (Irish Film Board)/ Eurimages/ FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH/Ministero per I Beni e le Attività Culturali - dipartimento della Spettacolo/Radio Telefís Éireann. Developed in association with Sally Ann O'Reilly, Ben Barenholtz. p: Bradley Adams, Damon Bryant, Treacy Seaward, d: Pat Murphy, sc: Murphy, Gerard Stembridge based on the biography by Brenda Maddox, cost: Consolata Boyle, p.dsgn.: Alan Macdonald, m: Stanislas Syrewitz, ed: Pia De Ciaula, dop: Jean Pierre Robin AFC, co-p.: James Flynn, Uklrich Felsberg, Gherardo Pagliei, Ewan McGregor, exec.p: Guy Collins, Bord Scannán na héireann: Rod Stoneman, Natural Nylon Entertainment: Tony Miller, p.exec: Metroplitan Films: Susan Holmes, p.sup: Italy: Andrea Borella, Germany: Albert Schwinges, p.co-ord: Lisa Parker, Road Movies Vierte Produktionen: Gabrielle Niemeyer, Daniele Pfennigs, London: Katie Judge, Irish, p.man: Des Martin, unit.man, Italy: Mark Giacalone, loc.m. Irish: Paddy McCarney, Italy: Beatrice Arweiler, Maurizio Pigna, post-p.sup: Alistair Hopkins, co-ord: Katie Judge, a.d.: Tommy Gormley, Sarah Purser, Irish: Jill Dempsey, Lisa Kelly, Italy:Bojana Sutic, Gilles Canatella, Germany: Lars Henning, sc.super.:Laerke Sigfred Pedersen, cast: Nuala Moiselle, Frank Moiselle, Shaila Rubin, sc.cons: Natural Nylon Entertainment: Nell Greenwood, c.op: (Irish 2nd unit): Ciaran Barry, Steadicam ops: Roger Tooley, Vince McGahon, special visual effs: Mill Film, London, sp.effs, Irish: Team FX, sp.effs, Italy: Corridori Giovanni, graphic artist, Irish: Laurence O'Toole, super.art d: Terry Pritchard, art d: Irish: Martin Goulding, Italy: Stefano Maria Ortolani, Germany: Ulrich Schröder, set.dec, Italy: Alessandra Querzola, portrait artist: Thomasina Smith, draughtsmen, Irish: Gary McGinty, Italy: Alessandro Alberti, cost: Consolata Boyle, ward: Rhona McGuirke, key costume makers: Maggie Scobbie; men: Keith Watson, chief make-up artist: Máire O'Sullivan, chief Annabel Dundas, digital titles/optical effects: General Screen Enterprises, score perf by The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tadeusz Wicherek, m.ed.:Joyce, songs: Richard Todman, recording engnr: Rafal Paczkowski, mixer: Tony Taverner, soundtrack: 'She Is Far from the Land' vocals: Ewan McGregor, piano: Brian Gascoigne; 'The Lass of Aughrim' vocals: Susan Lynch, Ewan McGregor, guitar: Ewan McGregor; 'Green Isle of Erin' vocals: Ewan McGregor, piano: Brian Gascoigne; 'The Star of the County Down' vocals: Karl Scully, piano: Brian Gascoigne; 'The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo', 'vocals: Ewan McGregor, Ignazio Oliva, piano: Brian Gascoigne; 'The Lass of Aughrim' vocals: Susan Lynch, Ewan McGregor, guitar: Gerry Grennell, s: Peter Lindsay, re.rd.mix: Adrian Rhodes, Stuart Hilliker, super.s.ed: Nick Adams, dial.ed: Gordon Brown, a.: Jonathan Cronin, a. effects ed: Hugo Adams, Foley art.: Jason Swanscott, Diane Greaves, ed: John Griffith, stunt co-ordinator (Ireland): Philippe Zone.
LocationDublin
Trieste
RightsVolta Films
Gam Film SRL
Road Movies Vierte Produktionen
Volta / Metropolitan Films
Contact: James Flynn
E-mail: james@metro.iol.ie
Ardmore Studios
Bray
Co Wicklow
Tel: +353 1 286 2971
Fax: +353 1 276 9471
Momentum London
Contact: Hamish Mosely
Tel: 00 44 207 391 6950
Genre/CategoryFeature Film Drama
Biopic
Literary Adaptation
KeywordsWriters
Literature
Relationships
Sex
Trieste
Volta cinema
Teaching
Maids
Children
Dublin
1904
Dubliners
Ulysses,
James Joyce
Nora Barnacle
Stanislaus Joyce
Oliver St. John Gogarty
PeopleJames Joyce
Nora Barnacle
Stanislaus Joyce
Oliver St. John Gogarty

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