Miriam O’Callaghan’s interview on Friday evening in the Savoy Cinema with John Wayne’s son Patrick and daughter Marisa Wayne proved to be a most popular event for film fans with the queue stretched down O’Connell Street in the sunshine. The interview was an enlightening and nostalgic discussion about their father’s and Patrick’s experiences in collaborating with John Ford. This preceded a screening of ‘The Searchers’ re-mastered, in which Patrick himself appeared as a young Yankee cadet - eliciting cheers and rounds of applause from the audience.
Public Interview with Patrick & Marissa Wayne Hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan followed by 'The Searchers' re-mastered
Friday 7 June 2013, 18.30 hrs, Savoy Cinema, Dublin.
Patrick and Marisa Wayne will take part in a very special public interview with one of Ireland’s leading broadcasters Miriam O’Callaghan, giving a generation of fans of Ford and ‘The Duke’ a chance to hear personal stories and anecdotes , allowing a rare and poignant insight into the lifetime bond between director and actor.
Son of ‘The Duke’ John Wayne, Patrick Wayne has had an impressive career as an actor and television personality. Patrick Wayne has featured in over forty films, making his screen debut opposite his father in ‘Rio Grande’ (1950). He went on to star with his father on eleven occasions and in total was directed by John Ford five times, with roles in ‘The Searchers’ and ‘The Sun Shines Bright’. Successful stints on various television series throughout the seventies and eighties followed before Wayne became the host of the popular game show ‘Tic-Tac-Dough’. In 2003, he became Chairman of the John Wayne Cancer Institute, a foundation which works tirelessly towards advancing a cure for the disease.
This public interview will be followed by a Gala Screening of ‘The Searchers’. Ford’s most influential work, a masterpiece of filmmaking and recently voted Sight & Sound’s 7th Best Film of all time, John this classic film finds John Wayne in the classic role of Ethan Edwards, a gun slinging Civil War vet on the trail of the Indian tribe who kidnapped his niece across Texas desert plains.
Shot against the majestic landscape of Ford’s favoured Monument Valley and filmed in glorious widescreen cinemascope, The Searchers has inspired a wealth of filmmakers such as Spielberg, Godard, Lucas and Wim Wenders. Just this year legendary director Martin Scorsese has hailed the film as a “great American classic”, exclaiming that “for me and for many other directors of my generation, it was a touchstone”.