Irish Itinerary Podcast: Alan Gilsenan’s The Laughing Boy

In episode 43 of the EFACIS Irish Itinerary Podcast, Irish documentary film maker Alan Gilsenan talks to Nathalie Lamprecht about his 2022 documentary An Buachaill Gealgháireach (in English: The Laughing Boy), which charts the journey of Brendan Behan’s song of the same name from his childhood home to its translation into Greek and subsequent success as an anthem for the Greek left. During the conversation, Gilsenan touches upon the process of translation, the collaborative process of theatre making, the lack of serious attention given to Behan’s oeuvre and much more.

Watch An Buachaill Gealgháireach: TG4 player