DENNIS McNULTY
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The Big Bank(re-edit)
Re-edited version of an mpeg of a video transfer of a 16mm industrial film. (13mins 50secs)
2009.
Dublin's Central Bank building on Dame St., was designed by architect Sam Stephenson in the Seventies. The engineering firm John Sisk & Sons, who carried out the construction, commissioned IFMA Ltd. to make an industrial film documenting the innovative modern construction techniques involved. The result was a 16mm film called The Big Bank.

I came across a reference to a screening of this film in a newspaper clipping in the Stephenson file in the
Irish Architectural Archives. After a long process of trying to locate it, I acquired an mpeg on a cd. As the name would suggest, The Big Bank(re-edit) is a re-edited version of this film. I removed the audio from the centre third of the film which trumpets the facts and figures of the engineering achievements involved and re-edited the footage to focus on the workers involved in implementing the new methods of construction.

The Big Bank(re-edit) was produced as my contribution to
The Visual Culture of Modernity in Ireland, a workshop at the National Library of Ireland on September 25th 2009.

It was screened publically again at the Irish Film Institute in May 2011, as part of the Dublin: Sean agus Nua, a screening programme curated by Sunniva O’Flynn (IFI) and Lisa Godson (GradCAM/NCAD).
Some screengrabs.