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Arena: Byrne About Byrne


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Each season Arena invites a distinguished figure in the arts to direct a film. This year's guest director is John Byrne, painter and author of Tutti Frutti. In this diverse and inventive autobiography, Byrne travels from his youth, through his art school years to the period of his stage and TV plays, and on to his death sometime in the future.
With him is Robbie Coltrane as himself and as a shamus invented by Byrne, who discovers there are as many aspects to the author as there are actors playing him.


Writer/Director: John Byrne
Cameraman: John McNeill
Film Editor: John MacDonnell
Executive Producer: Keith Alexander
Producer: Andy Park
Series Editor: Nigel Finch
Series Editor: Anthony Wall
Himself: John Byrne
Detective/Himself: Robbie Coltrane
Phil McCann/Young Byrne: Stuart Davids
Spanky Farrell: Robert Carlysle
Hector McKenzie: William Blair
Gunman: Alastair Galbraith
Little Byrne: William Buchanan
Singer: Ewen Duncan
Mother: Juliet Cadzow
Father/F.S. McDade: Bill Paterson
Usherette: Katy Murphy
Waitress/Backing vocals: Muriel Gray
Collector: Ralph Riach
Bride: Kate Donnelly
Cartwheel doll: Jacqueline Anderson
Eddie: Richard Wilson

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Arena: Byrne About Byrne

BBC Two England, 1 April 1988 21.15

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