Sep 20 2017 Posted: 11:44 IST

Pat Comer - Visual Storyteller

Huston Main, Thursday, 28 Septemer at 2.30pm

Pat Comer is a Galway-based filmmaker, photographer, and visual storyteller. For over twenty years Pat has plied his trade – producing and directing documentaries and dramas for TV, and also creating novel exhibition spaces – usually outdoors – to display his photographic work. While these different projects are often varied and diverse in both format and nature, there is however a central premise to his work: to try and find meaning and value in the subtleties of everyday life.

Because of his background playing with the Galway senior Gaelic football team (and representing Ireland in International Rules),  some of Pat’s work has naturally focused on ‘sporting-themed’ documentaries including the award winning ‘A Year ‘til Sunday’ (1998); ‘Munster – The Brave and The Faithful’ (2006); ‘Tall, Dark and O hAilpín’ (2007); ‘Paddy Don Patricio’ (2012); and ‘Living for London’ (six-part series) (2012), to name but a few.

Comedy-based documentaries provide another genre that takes up a large slice of Pat’s TV work. Previous collaborations include with comedian Des Bishop on the projects: ‘In the Name of the Fada’; ‘My Dad way nearly James Bond’, ‘Under the Influence’ and ‘Breaking China’. In the past he has also worked with comedians Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny (D’Unbelieveables), Tommy Tiernan, and Jason Byrne.

No matter the genre however, the central tenet of any of Pat’s documentary or photographic work is the ‘story’. Pat’s talk in Huston will focus centrally on ‘story-telling’ and those attending will learn not just about the craft but also the business.


College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Huston School of Film

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