A Call to Arts (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 24m

After the film, SCROLL DOWN to watch an exclusive Q&A with director Christopher Kepple and Cormac O’Malley.

The life and artistic legacy of an extraordinary couple, the Connecticut-born artist Helen Hooker and her husband, Irish revolutionary and historian Ernie O’Malley, is explored by their son Cormac O’Malley. The couple made major contributions to a modernist arts scene in a newly independent Ireland in the 1930s and ‘40s: she was involved in sculpture, theatre and photography, while he made a living as an author, writing extensively about his role in the Irish War of independence and Civil War. Cormac interviews historians, arts commentators and people who knew his parents, to discover the political and cultural impact of their endeavours.


Cormac O'Malley


Jesse Edwards

Assistant Editor

Bronte Stahl



Bonus Content

30 mins
IFI Documentary Festival 2020 Q&A with director Christopher Kepple and Cormac O'Malley

IFI Head of Cinema Programming David O’Mahony speaks to Christopher Kepple, director of A Call To Arts, screening as part of this year’s IFI Documentary Festival, and Cormac O’Malley, son of Helen Hooker and Ernie O’Malley.

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