The general release date for Song For Marion is the same in Ireland as in the UK - 22 February - and yesterday an exclusive clip from the film was posted on the website of the Irish national broadcaster RTE. I'm unable to embed it on this blog as yet, but you can watch it by way of here.
It shows a scene in the kitchen of the home of Arthur (Terence Stamp) and Marion (Vanessa Redgrave), with their son James (Christopher Eccleston) and grand daughter Jennifer (Orla Hill) having a fine, messy time making cakes.
The showcasing of this scene has given us a bit of a kick because Orla, who is our daughter, is very prominent in it. It brings back lovely memories of Orla working with Christopher in particular, as the two of them were asked to improvise a bit of extra off-screen dialogue at the film's post-production stage in London (the scene itself, like the rest of the film was shot in the north-east of England). You can just about hear the result of their larking about in the background when, at the end of the clip, the camera settles on Terence.
It's also nice for us that this scene has been shown to the Irish public because, as her name suggests, Orla has Irish roots. Her late maternal grandparents were from County Cavan and County Westmeath and the family connection with Ireland remains strong. There's a whole other Song For Marion background story about art imitating life and the preciousness of grand parents to be told, and we'll be sharing that with you before too long.