Monday 25 January 2010


Easily one of my favourite Northern Irish movies is (Colin) Bateman’s Divorcing Jack. It’s the perfect example of what to do when converting a novel to a screenplay. In terms of subject matter, it’s an education in Northern Irish humour and politics. What I find very hard to believe is that it’s 13 years old! It’s amazing how much has changed and yet stayed the same in that time.

Anyway, here’s something you should check out if you get the chance (nicked from the QUB website):

Divorcing Jack, with introduction by Colin Bateman
Sunday 31 January, Queen's Film Theatre, 2:00 pm.

The regional youth work charity, Public Achievement, is hosting a fundraising event at the QFT on the theme of local pride. They will be showing Divorcing Jack with an introduction by Colin Bateman. A raffle sponsored by local companies will also take place. Tickets cost £5 and can be bought from Public Achievement.

Contact:Bronagh Weiniger, 028 9044 2813,, Other University Area

I have the movie on DVD (my second copy, I think) but I’d love to see it on the big screen. Bateman’s intro should be good too. And if it isn’t, you can throw popcorn at him!

1 comment:

Stuart Neville said...

I like the sound of this. I think I shall attend.