Directors Guild of Great Britain Blue Plaque for Brian Desmond Hurst

Directors Guild of Great Britain  
Photo credit Allan Esler Smith collection

This is the short, 7 minute tribute film to Brian Desmond Hurst that was screened at the Queens Film Theatre and accompanied the Director's Guild of Great Britain Blue Plaque unveiling in Belfast on 13th April 2011. The blue plaque was unveiled by celebrated Irish film maker Redmond Morris and is only the 4th such award presented by the Guild (previous recipients were David Lean, Michael Powell and Alexander Mackendrick). Film presentation by Adam Jones-Lloyd and Allan Esler Smith

Prior to unveiling their plaque to Brian Desmond Hurst only three other film directors have been bestowed with this magnificent honour- Michael Powell, Alexander Mackendrick and David Lean.  The event programme is featured below. The testimonials within the programme speak for themselves and it was fitting that the son of one of Brian's great friends who is also one of Ireland's leading film makers should unveil of the plaque, Redmond Morris.

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Left to right:  Simon Campbell-Jones, Chairman of the Directors Guild Trust, Allan Esler Smith great great nephew and biographer to Brian Desmond Hurst, Redmond Morris, Producer (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Interview with the Vampire and Michael Collins), Jude Sharvin from the Belfast Film Festival and Ivor Benjamin Chairman ot the Directors Guild of Great Britain at the unveiling of the Blue Plaque to Hurst at Queens Film Theatre on Wednesday 13th April 2011.  Photo credit Neil Harrison


Some of the press coverage about Brian from around the time of the plaque unveils is featured below. Please click image to enlarge



Belfast Telegraph article by Matthew McCreary 8th April 2011

Brian desmond Hurst article in Weekend magazine

News letter Weekend Section article by Joanne Savage 25th March 2011


Brian Desmond Hurst is receiving a triple honour in Belfast in April.  Both the Directors Guild of Great Britain and the Ulster History Circle are erecting plaques in Brian's honour.  In addition the Belfast Film Festival are holding a special screening of Brian's Arnhem epic Theirs is the Glory and his homeland film A Letter from Ulster.  All three events are happening in Belfast on 13 April 2011.  The Belfast Film Festival publicity material features below. 

For more information on this and the many events taking place at the 11th Belfast film festival running between 31th March and 14th April visit belfastfilmfestival.org


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