Cross festival collaboration with Cork Film Festival has led to free screening of acclaimed Irish film Talking to My Father  

Wednesday, 8th April 2015:  Cork’s upcoming architecture festival, Open House Cork, is to present a special free screening of new Irish film Talking to My Father as part of its exciting programme of events. 

The screening is part of a unique cross-festival collaboration between Open House Cork, Cork Film Festival and the Gate Cinema, and will take place at 12pm on Saturday, 11th April at the Gate Cinema, Cork. All are welcome to attend the film, which will be free of charge.

Talking to My Father follows Simon Walker as he explores the legacy of his father Robin Walker’s work. Robin Walker was one of the most celebrated Irish architects of the golden era of modern architecture in Ireland, the 1960s. Directed by Sé Merry Doyle, Talking to My Father was premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival last month.

Speaking about the free screening, James Mullighan, Creative Director of Cork Film Festival said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Open House Cork on the Cork premiere of Sé Merry Doyle’s captivating new film. Cork has long been renowned for the quality of its arts festivals, and we hope this partnership between two great Cork festivals will be the first of many. Cork people are well known for being great supporters of the arts, and we hope they enjoy this unique collaboration.”

The inaugural Open House Cork takes place from April 10th-12th and is set to showcase Cork’s architectural gems with a weekend of free tours, workshops, and lectures.

Open House Cork’s highly anticipated programme includes tours of Cork’s best loved buildings and a host of private residential houses.  A series of workshops will also feature as part of the Open House Cork programme.

Open House Cork will be officially opened on Friday, April 10th at 5.30pm at the Vision Centre, Cork. All are welcome to the opening night, which will feature talks by Victoria Thornton OBE, Founder of Open House Worldwide, Valerie Mulvin (of McCullough Mulvin Architects), Neil Hegarty (former Cork City Architect) and Louise Cotter (of Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects).

Open House Cork has also announced the launch of their photography competition, which will celebrate the buildings of Cork under the theme of Change. Entrants are asked to take photos of buildings on the Open House Cork programme:  The competition is open to all, and entry is free. Prizes will be awarded for best overall photograph on Instagram and best overall photograph on Flickr. For more information on the photography competition, see here:

Speaking about the event, Danny Holland, chairperson of Open House Cork said: “We hope this year’s Open House Cork will be the first of many, and are delighted to be able to bring a programme of such diversity and quality to the people of Cork. We have a number of wonderful additions to the programme, including the screening of Talking to My Father which would not have been possible without the generosity and support of the Cork Film Festival and the Gate Cinema; a children’s book reading at Cork City Library, and our photography competition.”

For more information on the many other events and buildings featured in Open House Cork, visit

You can also get additional information on the Open House Cork Twitter page @OpenHouseCork or on Facebook


Notes to Editor:


Prizes for Photography Competition include:


Flickr Competition:

1st Place: €100 voucher for Market Lane

2nd Place: €50 voucher for Electric


Instagram Competition Prize:

Architecture book from Vibes and Scribes



Robin Foley, Director of Cork-based design practice Hurrah Hurrah

Roseanne Lynch, Artist and Lecturer in photography at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and at Cork Centre for Architectural Education

Jed Niezgoda, Professional Photographer and Architect


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