15 mins – Ireland 2016 – Dir: Michael Twomey
Featuring: William (Billy) Field
The Printer documentary looks at Field Printers in Youghal, Co. Cork, a unique printing house and shop dating back to 1850, now run by Bill Field, the last in the family line.
The documentary was conceived and shot by filmmakers Michael Twomey and Kieran McCarthy of Complete Control Films. “The motivation for making the film was twofold,” says Michael Twomey. “Firstly, I was very attracted to the idea of shooting old metal and wood, particularly their worn industrial aspect because they make for very effective composition in the right light. The typefaces are so varied and beautiful and the whole place is steeped in a Victorian atmosphere.”
The print house and shop were ideal locations for the filmmakers who were keen to find a subject that would create space in between the white noise of constant hyper-stimuli of the modern age. “I love the dynamic between the mechanical rhythm of the printer and the long silences,” says Twomey. “The craftsmanship of the lettering, and the prints it produced, along with the time invested is in sharp contrast to our current gravitation to disposability. There is a haunting quality in such longevity and the stories the prints reveal. I was also determined to film Billy at work before the art of printing in this way is lost to us entirely. Secondly, the importance of the place in terms of heritage cannot be overstated.”
The documentary meditates on the dying art of handcrafted setting and printing processes and was originally screened at Triskel in 2016 as part of an exhibition showcasing artefacts from the workshop as well as archive posters from the 1930s and 1940s. Poster highlights included the original premiere poster for Moby Dick and a town council poster urging Youghal natives to delay implementing the new regime of changing the clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
This beautifully-shot documentary is available on demand from 21 December 2020 until 3 January 2021.
The Printer is available to rent for €2.50 and the proceeds will be split between the filmmakers and ourselves. To view, simply click on the ‘Rent Now’ button on this page. The rental period is for 72 hours.
Triskel recommends – the short film edition
During the first lockdown, when Triskel Arts Centre was unable to screen movies as a collective experience and people were staying at home in self-isolation, we decided to highlight quality films which we thought our patrons would enjoy. Each week we mixed movies to rent and movies which were free to view, international and national cinema, and links to streaming sites and content that we curated ourselves. And we’re doing it again! We know the Christmas break isn’t a lockdown but people are still cosying up at home and we wanted to suggest a few short films for you to rent and enjoy. Some were screened at Triskel Cinema, one appeared as part of an exhibition in 2016 and one is a world premiere.
Other films in this series:
See more info at: https://triskelartscentre.ie/triskel-video-on-demand