1 x 60’ – Oireachtas TV/ RTÉ (2018)
This film captures the work of Belfast based renowned artist Noel Murphy’s six-month journey as he paints all 53 women members of the Oireachtas in one single portrait.
The completed work was unveiled on International Women’s Day 2018 in March, marking both the centenary of the 1918 election of Countess Constance Markievicz, the first woman in the world to hold a cabinet position, and the record number of female TDs in the 32nd Dáil following the introduction of the gender quota in 2016.
The film takes the viewer on a journey combining politics and art, where broadcaster and journalist Eamonn Mallie talks to a representative number of deputies about issues concerning women entering politics and the significance of historical figures such as Countess Markievicz. The documentary also gives a penetrating insight into the artistic journey, from conception to completion of the work, showing how the emotions and personalities of the women are captured on canvas.
Director: Declan McGrath
DOP: Richard Kendrick