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George Boole is set to get film star treatment in a new documentary about his life and legacy, launching September 1st, at 22:35 on RTE 1. The film features big names in the industry including David Puttnam and Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons.
As part of the wide range of international celebratory events organised by UCC this year to mark the bicentenary of Boole’s birth, the university is working with Oxford Film and Television on the development of the documentary.
The film will focus on Boole’s life – the impact and application of his work and its contribution to the digital revolution, says head of the project, Virginia Teehan, who is Director of Cultural Projects and Humanities Research at UCC.
“It will explore the next wave of technical innovations with industry leaders and researchers in Ireland, Silicon Valley, Europe and UK and in the process contextualise Boole’s discoveries – demonstrating their ongoing application, in the development of new generations of emerging technologies,” she says.
"The film will highlight how George Boole’s achievements symbolise the connections which fuel creativity across industry, research and education."
Contributors to the film include, Intel Corporation, Google, The European Space Agency, McLaren Automotive as well as mathematicians and technologists from UCC and Tyndall National Institute. David Puttnam participates in his role as Ireland’s digital champion, while west Cork-based Jeremy Irons will narrate the script.
“The film will highlight how George Boole’s achievements symbolise the connections which fuel creativity across industry, research and education. Continuous innovation plays a central role in Ireland’s future as a knowledge-based economy and recognising this, UCC wants to acknowledge and honour Boole as a world–leading innovator,” says Virginia.
A national screening will form a central part of the Boole celebrations on launching September 1st at 22:35 on RTE 1.The film will also be screened internationally and the US premiere will – appropriately – be held at the Computer History Museum, Silicon Valley, California.