Merry Dance aka Sé Merry Doyle is a documentary filmmaker who heads the Dublin based production company Loopline Film. Titles include ‘John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man’ ‘Jimmy Murakami — Non Alien’, ‘Patrick Scott — Golden Boy’ and ‘Lament for Patrick Ireland’.
Making a film is like going on a Merry Dance, its all confusion and then all of a sudden it all makes sense.Career
Before settling into the world of creative documentary Sé had a career in theatre working alongside Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson and many other people who like Sé would migrate to the world of film. Sé got a taste for documentary when he was given the opportunity to work for the legendary Louis Marcus and never looked back. Although he edited several Feature Films it was documentary that became his life. First as an editor on films like ‘Reefer and the Model’, ‘Hobo’, Velvet Underground — Curious’, ‘Classic Albums; Fleetwood Mac — Rumours’ and then established a name for himself as a director with his most personal film ‘Alive Alive O — A Requiem for Dublin’ which looked at the street trading culture that was being eroded as a shiny new city emerged through speculation and greed. Dublin was at the heart of many of Sé films like ‘James Gandon — A Life’ which explored, through the great 18th century architect’s life and how Ireland dealt with the legacy of its imperial past.
Sé wears as many hats as possible
Sé through his company and Screen Training Ireland has run several courses for documentary students. Guest lecturers have included DA Pennebaker, Kim Longinotto, Molly Dineen and John T. Davis.
Merry Dance Aims
Merry Dance blogs about documentary as he believes it to be the most important medium for telling stories and informing people of the world around them.