Originally broadcast on 18 October 1962, ‘Radharc’ looks at the life of author and artist Christy Brown in ‘Christy Brown My Left Foot’. In this clip Father Peter Lemass talks to Christy Brown at his home in Dublin where we see Christy at work.
Christy Brown (1932 - 1981) was a writer, painter and poet who had severe cerebral palsy. His autobiography 'My Left Foot' was published in 1954. The film version of 'My Left Foot' won oscars for Daniel Day Lewis who played Christy Brown and for Brenda Fricker who played his mother.
Between 1961 and 1996 Radharc produced over 400 films in Ireland and seventy five countries worldwide. The films dealt with issues of human rights, injustice, faith religion, persecution, struggles against oppressive regimes, famine and Christian heritage.
Christy Brown (1962)
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