Millennium Court Arts Centre is delighted to present Introducing Brian, a film by Nicholas Keogh based on stories by Brian Brown, (2015). This is the second time that Keogh has worked with Belfast based actor Brian Brown, previously collaborating with him in critically acclaimed A Removal’s Job (2013) (chosen by Dylan Cave (BFI) as one of the standout films at the Encounters Film Festival, 2013.)
Introducing Brian is a curious blend of wildlife documentary, alleyway travelogue, sitcom, and drama, based on stories by Brian Brown. At its heart Introducing Brian celebrates storytelling. These stories are built on dark foundations adding pathos to moments of humour and poignancy to the philosophical and positive attitude of the central character.
Dramatic sequences and narration performed with Brown’s vivid turn of phrase are woven together with beautifully shot footage of urban ecosystems. Introducing Brian signifies a change in Keogh’s work, moving towards elements of narrative, but remaining consistent with the artist’s wider artistic practice in and outside of the gallery, which often “riotously interrupts” the ordinary.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Nicholas Keogh (b. 1977) studied at the University of The West of England where he received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in Context. Keogh lives and works in Belfast and is based at Lawrence Street Workshops. Keogh has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He represented Northern Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2005, was selected by CIRCA magazine to represent the Republic of Ireland at Experience Pommery #5 L’art en Europe 2008. His film ‘A Removals Job’ 2012 commissioned by the MAC Belfast as part of its opening program, received a Special Commendation at the Cork Film Festival in the best Irish short category, its U.K. screenings to date include the White Chapel Gallery, London and Encounters film festival Bristol. It has screened internationally at Union Docs New York and toured with FLAMIN in China and Japan.