Memories of making a (very, very small) movie with Mick Lally
Mick Lally, whose death was announced today, was one of those people who straddled the two worlds of “serious” arts, through his part in the theatre renaissance which came out of Galway in the seventies and eighties, and popular culture, in his role as a quintessentially Irish soap opera star. As such, he touched a lot of people’s lives, from those who worked closely with him to those who felt they knew him from his presence in their homes every Saturday night. In 1989, I had the pleasure of working with him on this zero-budget short, shot on scraps of left-over 35mm film (none of your HD cameras and desktop post-production in those days), directed by Billy McCannon. As we all stumbled around in a shed somewhere under the Sugarloaf, trying to figure out what the hell we were doing, he was the soul of patience, generosity and helpfulness, giving his time and talent for nothing. May he rest in peace.