Irish Opinion Gavin Friday

We chat movies with music composer extraordinaire Gavin Friday.

Irish singer, songwriter and composer Gavin Friday is no stranger to film. Since founding Virgin Prunes (legendary avant-garde post-punk group), in 1977, he (with music partner Maurice Seezer), has composed various albums and soundtrack, for films like ‘Short Cuts’, Jim Sheridan’s, ‘In the Name of the Father’ and Neil Jordan’s ‘Breakfast on Pluto’ (in which he also starred). Here, we chat movies with Mr Friday.

Q: How often to you get to sit down and watch a movie?

I am a frequent moviegoer and am addicted to watching DVD’s on my laptop.

Q: Tell us about the last movie you saw?

Mysterious Skin’ on DVD. A great movie…very heavy subject matter that is dealt with in a very real/surreal and uncompromising yet moving way… beautifully acted and wonderfully directed….

Q: What is your favourite Irish movie and why?

It’s a throw up between ‘The Butcher Boy’ and ‘My Left Foot’…Both truly wonderful in their own unique way…

Q: What is your favourite movie of all time?

Impossible question….Two movies I always come back to are The Night of The Hunter and Taxi Driver….thats not to mention anything by Fellini or Fritz Lang

Q: What movie could you never sit through again?
TITANIC….It bored the arse off me

Q: Describe your ideal movie cast… (actor, actress & director)

Oh…maybe Peter Lorre , Jessica Lang directed by Fellini.?

Q: Have you ever cried during a movie? Which one?

Yes I have cried many times during a movie….the last one could have been ‘The Sea Inside’

Q: Favourite movie snack?

A bottle of still water.

Q: Favourite TV programme?

I have given up on Television…. Of recent times I had a fondness for ‘Six Foot Under’

Q: Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

You would have to ask my mother that question…..

Guggi and Dave-id Busarus will join Gavin Friday to perform at the Rogue’s Gallery Dublin concert as ‘Three Pruned Men’. Rogue’s Gallery Dublin is part of the Analog festival and will take place on Grand Canal Square on July 18th. Tickets are available from the festival website.


Visit Gavin’s official website here.