In 1973 MCC member Pat Heavin was living and working in Waterford when film director Stanley Kubrick and a host of well-known actors descended on the area to make the film Barry Lyndon. Among the actors was heartthrob Ryan O’Neal who had come to prominence in the film Love Story released a few years before.
Pat was a member of Waterford Camera Club at the time and managed to get on set during filming close to his house, even though the set was closed to the press.
During a lull in filming Pat approached Ryan O’Neal and asked if he could take his photograph. The actor agreed and following a chat Pat decided to ask Kubrick if he could take his photograph as well. All through his life Stanley Kubrick, who made many iconic films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange was notoriously camera shy and very few photographs survive of him.
To Pat’s astonishment not only did Kubrick agree to be photographed, but Kubrick took a photograph of Ryan O’Neal and Pat together with Pat’s camera.
In the intervening years the photographs remained in Pat’s private collection and were only shown to family. However when Pat heard that Ryan O’Neal was coming to Dublin for a special 40th anniversary screening of Barry Lyndon he contacted the festival office requesting them to pass on a copy of the photograph to Ryan O’Neal. The Irish Times heard about the photographs and contacted Pat – hence the article in the paper on Saturday 21 March.
Not only that but Pat and his wife Mary were also invited to the special screening of the film at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin and afterwards met up with Ryan O’Neal and other dignitaries at the post-screening bash where he had a good chat with the actor.
Pat’s comments on his meeting with Ryan yesterday “He’s still as nice a guy as he was 42 years ago, a true gentleman’.
Well done Pat – a great story and a day to remember.
For the full Irish Times story go to http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/photographs-of-ryan-o-neal-and-stanley-kubrick-made-public-1.2147845
Remember Mallow Camera Club meets every Monday night in the Mercy Centre, Mallow at 8:00 p.m. Next meeting , 23 March, will be a practical session on Photoshop techniques.
Beginners class continue on Wednesday night, 25 March, in the Mercy Centre, Mallow at 8:00 p.m.