Previously at the ICA - Films
20 Sep 2016
Butler, a translator of Gogol and Chekhov who helped smuggle Jews into Ireland from pre-war Vienna, is finally, deservedly in vogue some 26 years after his death. Johnny Gogan’s thoroughly engaging documentary makes great use of lately declassified documents and location. A parade of compelling contributors—including biographer Robert Toibin and Hubert’s daughter Julia—turn out to be what the Avengers are to the Marvelverse. Marvellous." - The Irish Times
"Butler is that rarest of things: a private investigator without a client" - Fintan O’Toole
Described as "Ireland's George Orwell", Hubert Butler (1900-91) was both essayist and human rights champion. From his base in rural Ireland he travelled in Europe, working to smuggle Jews to Ireland from post-Anschluss Vienna, and exposing World War 2 atrocities in the Balkans, work that brought him into a head-on collision with the Vatican. New research brought to light by this film shows how the Irish state colluded to silence Butler just as it was covering up the harbouring of a Croatian war criminal. We might never have heard of Butler if not for Dublin publisher Antony Farrell who turned Butler into an overnight publishing success aged 85.
Hubert Butler's daughter Julia is attending this screening, which is followed by a discussion with director Johnny Gogan, journalist John Sweeney (BBC Newsnight, Panorama) and publisher Anthony Farrell (Lilliput Press, Dublin).
This screening is presented in collaboration with Notting Hill Editions