Adapted from the novel 'Súil le Breith' by Pádraig Standúin.
Photography: Seamus Deasy
Sound: Pat Hayes
Art Director: Tom Conroy
Editor: Martin Duffy
Music: Roger Doyle
Director: Bob Quinn
80 mins, Colour / B&W, 16mm
(See also The Bishops Story)
"The theme of Bob Quinns latest and best film is clerical celibacy.
The title translates as The Monks Penis, not the sort of phrase used by polite film critics but with the Bible, Shakespeare and Gaelic you can get away with anything. The film is a regional one shot on Clare Island (Co. Mayo) and is acted largely by the islanders themselves.
The treatment of the film is complex and highly original, carrying many layers of visual meaning. The priests story is told in the style of the silent cinema with intertitles and is shot in black and white. The section dealing with the bishop has full dialogue and is shot in colour often alternating with the black and white of the priests story.
The treatment works for the film, moulds its tension and holds it from beginning to end. The leading roles of the priest and the girl are well-played by Donal McCann and Maggie Fegan while Peadar Lamb makes an impressive Bishop.
Seamus Deasys photography and Roger Doyles music add effectively to the film which is broadly based on a Gaelic novel by Father Pá¡draig Standúin. In spite of its controversial subject it is in no way anti-religious but handles a human problem in human if dispassionate terms. Its script won an Arts Council award".
(Liam O Leary)
Fáilte go Conamara
The newly restored Atlantean films
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