Alan Flynn was injured in a violent attack in 2003 when he intervened in a gang assaulting a woman. Alan paid a huge price for his courage; he was hospitalized, fell into a coma and suffered thereafter with a brain injury. The woman thankfully escaped but Alan didn’t. Amazingly, he stated that if he saw another such incident that he would make the same intervention.
Alan helped form the Red Lead film group in 2014. He was a driving force in initiating the project and was delighted when Rob Martin from ABII (Acquired Brain Injury Ireland) secured funding with the WWWETB (Waterford Wexford Education & Training Board) for a ten week drama course.
Alan had a passion for theatre and drama and threw himself wholeheartedly into the exciting new work. All of his life he had dreamed of being an actor and through Red Lead he realised his dream. As well as participating in numerous films and a documentary Alan wrote his own short play entitled ‘Now Lie in It’ with the support of the group and went on to perform it in the Theatre Royal, Garter Lane Arts Centre and bizarrely in a variety of hospitals.
Alan was diagnosed with cancer and in October 2019 he died. He asked Philip Cullen and Richie McGuire (members of Red Lead) to document his creative life and death in the summer of 2019. Both agreed to do so, interviewing Alan himself, Andy Jordan a friend and Waterford publican of renown as well as Playwright Jim Nolan and members of the Red Lead group.
The film documents Alan’s creative passion, his acting ability which he found and embraced in the last years of his life, and shows him performing his own creative work which he did up until the very last week of his life.
Title: My name is Alan Flynn
Date: 25th of Septebmer (Saturday)
Duration: 1hr 6 minutes
ABOUT RED LEAD
Red Led film Group have been in existence for some years now, and led by Artists Philip Cullen with support from the WWETB, the group meets regularly to explore and make films. Each participant brings something unique to the group, who are fond of a chat and a good laugh.
The Red Lead sessions provide a vital and important gathering as individuals with Acquired Brain Injury from varying backgrounds meet to pursue their artistic endeavours in story telling and film making. Garter Lane Arts Centre is proud to house, an extraordinarily courageous group of people as they journey through their practise.