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Production companyOdyssey Films
SponsorBórd Scánnán na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Country of originIreland
ProducerWALSH, Sean
DirectorWALSH, Sean
Script/AdaptationWALSH, Sean
Adapted from James Joyce's Ulysses (1922)
PhotographyTANHAM, Ciaran
Sound recordingCROSS. Ray
EditingARMSTRONG, Sarah
Art directionSIMMONDS, Stephen
Production designROWE, Mervyn
Costume designVAN ZYL, Tara
Executive producerMURPHY, Gerry
Associate producerMcGETTIGAN, Steve
O'SHEA, Crohan
WALSH, Stephen
Music composerKAHNE, David
CastStephen Rea (Leopold Bloom), Angeline Ball (Molly Bloom), Hugh O'Conor (Stephen Dedalus), Neilí Conroy (Driscoll), Eoin McCarthy (Blazes Boylan), Alvaro Lucchesi (Buck Mulligan), Maria Hayden (May Dedalus), Aideen McDonald (veiled girl), Pat McGrath (butcher), Mark Huberman (Haines), Kenneth McDonnell (Armstrong), Hugh MacDonagh (schoolboy), Andrew McGibney (Colm/newsboy), Dan Colley (Bannon), Des Braiden (Deasy), Donncha Crowley (Father Coffey), Ronnie Masterson (postmistress), Britta Smith (Martha), Paul Ronan (Lenehan), Alan Devlin (Simon Dedalus), Phelim Drew (Martin Cunningham), Ronan Wilmot (Virag Bloom), Peter Dix (man in macintosh), Peadar Lamb (editor), Sarah Jane Drummey (Dilly Dedalus), Dearbhla Molloy (Mrs. Breen), Jenny Maher (Mina Purefoy), Ruaidhri Finnegan (Apjohn), Eoin MacDonagh (Goldberg), Howard Jones (young Bloom), Peter Gaynor (Russel), Russel Smith (Eglington), Seamus Walsh (blindman), Mal Whyte (librarian), Jack Lynch (bookseller), Patrick Bergin (the citizen), Jimmy Keogh (Alf), Donal O'Kelly (Joe), Tom Bye (man in pub), Rachael Pilkington (Gerty), Jamie Baker (Tommy), Colman Hanley (Jackey), Conor Delaney (Madden), Charlie Bonner (Pvt. Compton), Alexander Downes (Pvt. Carr), Eamon Rohan (Paddy Dignam), Luke Hayden (Keyes), Julie Hale (Zoe), Maria Lennon (Bella), Caoileann Murphy (Young Molly Bloom), Ciaran O'Brien (Mulvey), Dermot Moore (Mr. Stanhope), Steve Simmonds (Molly's father), Maurice Shanahan (Capt. Groves), Adam Fox Clarke (Rudy Bloom), Raymond Kean (man in brothel), John Duffy (bystander).
Release date2003
SummaryAt the start of 16 June 1904 in Dublin, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom arise and set out on their journeys across the city, and the day ends with Molly Bloom's reflections on her life with Leopold and her affair with Blazes Boylan.
NoteOriginally titled: bl.m
ReferenceSunday Times, 17/9/200: 3, 'Irish to bring Ulysses alive on big screen',
Sean Walsh talks about his ambitious plans to adapt James Joyce's Ulysses for the big screen (Maeve Sheehan).
Irish Times (Weekend), 24/4/2003: 8, 'Ulysses in the can', Sean Walsh completes production on Bloom; hopes for Irish cinema release this year with view to DVD release around Bloomsday/6/2004 (Gerry Smyth).
Sunday Independent (Living and Leisure), 20/7/2003: 19, 'At last, a Molly who Blooms brazenly', director Sean Walsh and executive producer Gerry Murphy talk about realising their dream to bring James Joyce's Ulysses to the big screen (Ciara Dwyer).
Sunday Tribune (Art Life), 20/7/2003: 3, 'Getting a handle on Joyce', director and writer Sean Walsh talks about adapting Ulysses for the screen and the problems encountered by copyright (Ciaran Carty).
Irish Times, 22/7/2003: 13, 'New film of Ulysses', letter: Reaction to Donald Clarke's report from the Galway Film Fleadh (July 16th) which criticised Sean Walsh's cinematic version of Ulysses (Gerry Moloney).
Film Ireland, Issue 96, Jan/Feb 2004: 12-14, 'Bloom's Odyssey', interview with director Sean Walsh about Bloom, his adaptation of Joyce's Ulysses; also included is a short interview with Tribal Films CEO Will Silke, the new Irish distributor bringing Bloom to the screen (Lir MacCarthaigh).
Irish Times, 10/4/2004: 7, 'In Full Bloom', Angeline Ball talks about playing Molly Bloom in Sean Walsh's adaptation of Joyce's Ulysses (Michael Dwyer).
Sunday Independent (Living and Leisure), 11/4/2004: 8, 'Ulysses blooms on the big screen after epic journey', director Sean Walsh talks about Bloom, the festival circuit and the eventual distribution deals for the film (Ciara Dwyer).
Irish Times, 15/4/2004: 10, 'Ulysses' Gaze', review by Donald Clarke.
Irish Times (Weekend), 17/4/2004: 8, social column piece about those attending the premiere of Bloom in the UGC Cineplex in Dublin (Catherine Foley).
Sunday Tribune (Magazine), 18/4/2004: 1, 'Leopoldville', positive review of Bloom (Ciaran Carty).
Sunday Tribune, 18/4/2004: 7, 'A portrait of Hugh O'Connor no longer as a young man', Hugh O'Connor talks about playing Stephen Dedalus in Bloom, Sean Walsh's adaptation of Joyce's Ulysses (Rachel Andrews)., 'Bloom gets Irish release', Bloom premieres on Wednesday 14th April in UGC cinemas; article also includes information on distribution, and DVD release. Includes cast and crew listing.
Sunday Independent (Living and Leisure), 25/4/2004: 8, 'Bloom's odyssey of pleasure and frustration', review (Jerry Rowan).
Film Ireland, Issue 98, May-June 2004: 32, review by Alan Keyes., 22/9/2004, ''Bloom' released on Vido & DVD', Bloom released on video & DVD; article includes information about distribution and international screenings.
Irish Times (The Ticket), 10/9/2004: 32, 'Booking boom for Bloom',
Bloom selected to open the Boston Irish Film Festival., 'TV Premiere for Sean Walsh's Bloom', Bloom receives its Irish TV premiere on RTE on Friday 11th February at 11.50pm.
DistributorStoney Road Films
Paragon Film Group
+1 818 845 7148
Matt McCombs, Paragon Film Group
Tel: + 1 818 845 7148
Production creditsp.c.: Odyssey Films, spon: Bórd Scánnán na hEireann/Irish Film Board, p: Sean Walsh, co-p: Mark Byrne, assoc.p.: Steve McGettigan, Gerry Moloney, Crohan O'Shea, Stephen Walsh, exec.p.: Gerry Murphy, d/sc: Sean Walsh, script based on the novel 'Ulysses' by James Joyce, dop: Ciarán Tanham, ed: Sarah Armstrong, s.: Ray Cross, m: David Kahne, p.dsgn.: Mervyn Rowe, art d.: Stephen Simmonds, d.:Tamara Conboy, cost: Tara Van Zyl, a.cost.:Joan Bergin, ward.super: Carol Graham, ward: Kevin Gleeson, cast: Daniel Hubbard, Mary Maguire, make-up: Rosie Blackmore, Aisling Nairn, hair: Muriel Bell, Bernie Dooley, p.m.: Donal Ruane, a.d.: Nick McCarthy, Jill Dempsey, Sinéad Murphy, trainee.a.d.: Rebecca Daly, props.master: Oisin Breen, BinBin Chen, set dresser: Riad Karin, Gareth Mills, Andy O'Neill, prop buyer: John Nelligan, boom op: Conor O'Toole, Adam Daniel, Graham Daniel, Foley artist: Caoimhe Doyle, s.trainee: Liz Greene, sp effs: Peter Haddon, Donal O'Farrell, loc.m.: Kieran Hennessy, loc.trainee: Grainne Mac Anthony, publicist: Ed Baran, p.accnt: Sinead Hanna, Steadicam: Stephen Murphy, focus puller: Keith Durham, gaffer: Niall Mannion, key grip: Paul Tsan, stills: Darragh Shanahan.
LocationDublin City
Genre/CategoryFeature Film Drama
Literary Adaptation
Period Drama
KeywordsLiterary adaptation
Dublin city
Ulysses (novel)
James Joyce
PeopleJames Joyce

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