KATHLEEN

2014
B+W, Colour, Stereo, 33m
A childhood accident, the death of a beloved pet and a library of books provide the formative experiences of the young Kathleen. KATHLEEN is an exploration of the existential and the melancholic, an observation of life and death.

Born in Derry in 1886 Irish writer Kathleen Coyle died in Philadelphia in 1952.




See also Kathleen Coyle Book Collection
KATHLEEN, 2014, video still
A childhood accident, the death of a beloved pet and a library of books provide the formative experiences of the young Kathleen. Using excerpts from Kathleen Coyle's books, manuscripts, personal letters, unpublished poems and scribbled notes KATHLEEN is an exploration of the existential and the melancholic, an observation of life and death. The psychological and physical spaces described by Coyle are embodied through the approach to editing sound and image. Derry locals Anne Craig, Jim Craig and Ken McCormack breathe life into Kathleen’s words and archive movie footage provides the visual.

Born in Derry in 1886, writer Kathleen Coyle later lived in Liverpool, London, Dublin, Antwerp and Paris, where she was a friend of James and Nora Joyce. Coyle’s novels explore the struggles of life from a female perspective; her 1929 novel Liv contains an introduction by Rebecca West. Coyle’s 1943 autobiography The Magical Realm describes in vivid detail her Derry childhood. Coyle died in Philadelphia in 1952.

KATHLEEN was produced through Derry City of Culture Individual Artist Commission. With thanks to The Heritage & Museum Service, Derry City Council.

Susan MacWilliam discusses KATHLEEN with CineWomen, Women's Cinema & Performing Arts  - read here.

See also: Kathleen Coyle Book Collection: An extensive collection of first edition copies of Kathleen Coyle’s books from the 1920s–1940s and literary ephemera gathered by the artist from multiple worldwide sources.
KATHLEEN, 2014
KATHLEEN, 2014 in Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, 2016
KATHLEEN, 2014
KATHLEEN, 2014 in Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, 2016
KATHLEEN, 2014, video still
KATHLEEN, 2014
KATHLEEN, 2014 in Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, 2016
KATHLEEN, 2014, video still
KATHLEEN, 2014
KATHLEEN, 2014 in Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, 2016
KATHLEEN, 2014, video still
KATHLEEN, 2014, video still
KATHLEEN, 2014, video still