What a great way to start the New Year!

Thanks to the generosity of an unknown lovely person, Gabriel’s new documentary, My Astonishing Self: Gabriel Byrne on George Bernard Shaw, which aired recently on RTÉ in Ireland, is now available on YouTube.

Enjoy and be sure to leave a comment here.

Happy New Year! heart

A still of Gabriel Byrne from the film

6 Comments

  1. Kim Serrahn

    Good job.

  2. Dear Stella,
    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely, contemplative, personal film essay on GBS. Even as a student of literature, I never really understood much about the man. Gabriel Byrne was the ideal host for so many reasons. The scenes in Shaw’s former school were delightful, as Mr. Byrne, himself a former teacher, obviously enjoyed engaging with the young students.

    Shaw’s work endures in Canada thanks to the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake. This film inspires me to plan another visit this summer. The moral concerns in his plays resound even more forcefully today.

    • You are most welcome, Angelle. I will write more about this lovely documentary soon. I’ve been in touch with the writer/director, Gerry Hoban. He did such a lovely job (the marionette was inspired!) and Gabriel was a great interpreter of his words. And, of course, some of Gabriel’s dialogue is his own, which is a moving addition to the film, I think. I’ve loved GBS ever since I saw the film Pygmalion, with Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller, when I was a teenager. My mom was a big Leslie Howard fan. I had no idea what My Fair Lady was, but I knew the play! Isn’t this a nice way to start the New Year: GB and GBS?! All the best to you and your family in 2018, Angelle! <3

  3. It is a wonderful documentary.
    I love it!

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