Aosdána sends best wishes to member and elected Saoi, George Morrison on his 100th birthday. As a filmmaker and photographer, George’s contribution to the arts has spanned the decades, and his directorial legacy is amongst the greatest in Ireland’s history.
The legendary Irish filmmaker was elected a Saoi of Aosdána in 2017 and presented with the symbol of the office of Saoi, the gold torc, by President Michael D. Higgins. His films Mise Éire (1959); Saoirse (1961) and Rebellion (1963) are considered classics by his peers. Other very fine work includes: These Stones Remain (1971) and the maritime film Two Thousand Miles of Peril (1972).
He has served on the Council of Designers of Ireland and in 1957 he became the Founder Member and Vice President of the Inaugural Congress of the Bureau International de Recerche Historique Cinématographique, Paris. George has also played an important role in the cultivation of Ireland’s screen talent through his input to training future filmmakers as part of designing post graduate degree courses.