University College Dublin
James Joyce was a writer and poet who is regarded as one of the most influential and important writers of the 20th century. Joyce was also a student of UCD between 1898 and 1902 and, in 2022, to mark the anniversary of his most famous work Ulysses, we were asked to celebrate the 100 year-old text and the students in UCD today.
Just like Ulysses’s dualistic ‘just a day in the life of…’ and ‘one mother of an epic odyssey’ this film illustrates one student’s day in UCD as she muses upon Joyce’s time there.
The film offers a brilliant panorama of life; striking parallels and contrasts between our existence one hundred years ago and our existence today.
Cast entirely from students and alumni from UCD, Re:Joyce weaves together both historical and literary references as our contemporary student, Leo, winds her own way through an eventful day, musing on Joyce’s time studying at the university and racing to complete her own assignment on the famous author.
The film won two bronze Shark awards for best editing and best cinematography.
“Life, love, voyage round your own little world.”– Ulysses, Episode 13: Nausicaa