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Film: Fences at the IFI (audio described and open captioned)

1 Mar 2017 (Past)

Irish Film Institute

Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes.

Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Fences, August Wilson’s play exploring race and familial relations in 1950s Pittsburgh, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987; plans for film adaptations floundered as they failed to meet Wilson’s stricture that the director must be black.

Working from Wilson’s screenplay, Denzel Washington has now taken on the project, his third behind the camera, which is in many respects a document of the 2010 Broadway revival for which he and co-star Viola Davis won Tony Awards.

There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings of Moonlight on Tuesday, February 28th at 13.10, and Wednesday, March 1st at 20.10.

In addition, Audio Description (AD) will be available on all screenings of Moonlight, Fences, Personal Shopper, and Dancer.

Watch: Fences Teaser Trailer

Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson in Fences alongside Stephen Henderson who plays Jim Bono

Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.

Troy and his wife Rose, played by Viola Davis


Audio Description
August Wilson
captioned performance
Denzel Washington
Irish Film Institute