The Passing of Brian Guckian, Ireland
1972 - 03.10.2015
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Written by: Mark Lyndon, London, England
Guckian in Copenhagen for the 70mm Film Festival. Image by Thomas Hauerslev
It is particularly poignant to be writing this obituary shortly after the
Schauburg Todd AO Festival
and on the eve of the
For it was in Bradford that my friendship with Brian began and thereafter
developed in Karlsruhe.
Over the years, our friendship grew, extending to my wife Margaret. Year
after year, the three of us would spontaneously form a group and in doing so
we would greatly enhance our mutual enjoyment of the 70mm and Cinerama
classics on offer through a free exchange of impressions and views.
We were looking forward to our reunion with Brian and were deeply shocked
and saddened by the tragic news from Dublin. Brian achieved much in his
tragically short life. He was a passionate advocate for film, at a time when
film exhibition was becoming increasingly rare, less valued and appreciated.
A co founder of the 70mm
workshop, his scholarship and research made a considerable contribution
to our knowledge of the subject, bringing about a revival of interest in
70mm; with festivals
dedicated to the format springing up around the world. New 70mm films are in
production or are about to be released. The climate had to be more
favourable to make it happen. It took learning, dedication and advocacy to
bring this climate about. He wrote many articles on the subject. One in
particular, is outstanding and should be read by anyone with a serious
interest in this, the most precious of mediums. I leave
the last word
Irish 70mm screening dedicated to Brian
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GUCKIAN Brian, (Stillorgan, Co. Dublin), suddenly, 3rd October 2015, beloved
son of Tom and Aisling, predeceased by his brother Simon, loving brother of
Niamh, Kieran and Ronan. Deeply mourned by his loving family, sister-in-law
Siobhán, Ronan’s partner Toan, nieces, nephew, relatives and friends.
Rest in peace
Removal Wednesday (7th October) to Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour,
Foxrock arriving at 9.50am for 10am Requiem Mass, followed by cremation in
the Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome, Harolds Cross. No flowers please.
Donations, if desired, to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.
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