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Colm Toibin: His Mother's Son

In this thoughtful, lyrical film, Imagine talks to the acclaimed and curiously divided Irish writer Colm Toibin. Loud and affable in person, Toibin writes sombre stories of grief and quiet heartbreak, repeatedly returning to the dark narrative of his own childhood and the complicated relationships between mothers and sons.

In the year that his bestselling novel Brooklyn is being adapted for the cinema and The Testament of Mary continues to provoke controversy, Toibin publishes his most poignant and personal novel yet.

With Fiona Shaw, Anne Enright and Nick Hornby.

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1 hour, 5 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Dec 2014 23:35
BBC One Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland HD only


Role Contributor
PresenterAlan Yentob
Interviewed GuestColm Toibin
Interviewed GuestFiona Shaw
Interviewed GuestAnne Enright
Interviewed GuestNick Hornby
ProducerColette Camden
DirectorColette Camden
Series EditorAlan Yentob

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