‘Balancing Act ’ – Cecily Brennan Discusses the Making of ‘The Devil’s Pool: Madness, Melancholia and the Artist’, which was Supported by The Arts Council’s Reel Art Award 2012 and premiered at The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2014
Jason Oakley: What was your starting point? Thematically and visually ‘The Devil’s Pool: Madness, Melancholia and the Artist’ relates to aspects of previous works, but the documentary format is a new departure – the commentator’s interjections interrupt the flow of a powerfully dramatised performance work.
Cecily Brennan: The starting point was simple. I wanted to make a documentary with two elements. The first: a description of an artist, a young man in his 30s, losing his mind. The second: an examination of the long-held public belief in a connection between madness and artistic creativity. [Read more…]