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Iconic Image ‘Lunch Atop A Skyscraper’ to be Re-Enacted Ahead of MEN AT LUNCH premiere at TIFF

3rd Sep 2012
The North American premiere of Irish documentary MEN AT LUNCH directed by Sean Ó Cualáin at the Toronto International Film Festival will be the setting for a public re-enactment of one of the most iconic images of the 20th century ‘Lunch Atop A Skyscraper'.  The re-enactment will be held on Wednesday in central Toronto with the public invited to get involved with the recreating of the iconic image.  In addition, Sergio Funari's famed ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper' sculpture is due to arrive in Toronto on Thursday for the run of the festival.  The life-size, mobile replication of the photo will be on the streets throughout Toronto.

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from over 60 countries and is an important festival for breaking into the North American market.

Commenting on the re-enactment, Men At Lunch producer Éamonn Ó Cualáin said: "I am delighted to be able to stage a Toronto version of the famous image of the eleven ironworkers.  The image is known throughout the world and I am sure that many from Toronto would love the opportunity to pose like the eleven fearless ironworkers of 1932.  To have the local ironworkers attending the event is a huge honour, and it is only appropriate that they take their place on the beam and create a Toronto edition that will be seen and appreciated all over the world".

MEN AT LUNCH which features the narrative talents of Fionnula Flanagan tells the story behind the famous photograph depicting 11 construction workers eating their lunch while balancing on a beam of a skyscraper on the 69th floor, 850ft above Manhattan. The image, taken in 1932 during construction of the GE Building, centre-piece of the Rockerfeller Centre, is said to feature two emigrants from Shanaglish, near Gort, Co Galway.

The film was produced by Éamonn Ó Cualáin for Sónta with finance from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, BAI and TG4.

Other IFB funded films that will screen during the festival are Neil Jordan's BYZANTIUM starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton, Lenny Abrahamson's WHAT RICHARD DID, Kieron J. Walsh's JUMP, Irish-Norwegian co-production CALL GIRL and the documentaries THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY and SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD.

MEN AT LUNCH will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday 7th September.
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