Seminar 2015: Joyce and Cinema

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‘Ulysses’ is for everyone: Wayne Pearn in the persona of Monk O’Neill devours ‘Ulysses’ on One Tree Hill. Photo by Bernard Peasley.

Joyce and Cinema (2015), Bloomsday in Melbourne’s annual seminar, will complement the play, The Reel Joyce (in which Charlie Chaplin and Joyce  attempt to collaborate on a silent film of Ulysses around 1924). It examines some adaptations of Ulysses for film, and also addresses the issue of the ways in which film techniques increasingly affected how Joyce wrote.

Steve Carey




It’s a Hollywood cliche: bad books make good movies. And do good books make bad movies, too? Filmmakers have struggled with Joyce’s monster: it’s more a labour of Hercules than an adventure of Ulysses! In this seminar Dr Steve Carey looks in detail at two versions of Ulysses: James Strick’s 1967 version, Oscar-nominated for its screenplay; and Sean Walsh’s 2003 adaptation, Bloom.

Steve Carey is, like Joyce, an ex-Catholic eldest son of a father from Dublin and a mother from the west of Ireland. He trained to become a priest, completed a D. Phil. at Oxford under Richard Ellmann, became a magazine editor and publisher, and is now a Clinical Hypnotherapist and runs a school teaching people to become Hypnotherapists.


Philip Harvey

 ‘THE OPTIC NERVE: Seeing with James Joyce’

The Optic Nerve : Seeing with James Joyce

James Joyce was near-sighted and spent his whole life dealing with eye problems. Eventually he went blind in one eye. His writing is a case study in near-sightedness, whether in the close descriptions of the world seen in ‘Ulysses’ or the close-up war of words in ‘Finnegans Wake’. This paper for two voices identifies some of the many ways in which Joyce turned his personal visual issues into literary visions.

Philip Harvey Philip Harvey has read Ulysses since he first found a copy in the lost-and-found cupboard of his school. He has assisted with scripts, seminars and who knows what on Bloomsday in Melbourne for longer than his family cares to remember. Philip has written poetry since he was at school. He is published widely and some of his Joycean essays are found on his readings blog:

When: 16 June 3pm

Where: Theatrette, Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands.

Getting there:

Cost: $20 ($15 conc. for Healthcard and student card holders)

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