Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Ruairi Bradley 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Ruairi Bradley is a multifaceted director and producer from Belfast. He has built a portfolio over the past five years that spans music videos, fashion campaigns and short films. His work has been showcased at prestigious events like The Galway Film Fleadh and the Bolton Film Festival, and has been featured on platforms such as Tush magazine, Nowness, and District Magazine. Making his debut in the documentary genre with his film We Beg To Differ, Ruairi seeks to immerse audiences in the lives of marginalised communities, challenging preconceived notions and established truths.

Herzog's Cinematic Odyssey: Unveiling Ecstatic Truth

In my thesis, I explored Werner Herzog's concept of 'ecstatic truth' and its influence on his filmmaking. Rather than aiming to capture reality as it is, Herzog seeks to uncover deeper truths through his films. He challenges the essence of Cinema Verité, encouraging filmmakers to use craft, vision, and style in pursuit of capturing an ecstatic truth. By blending documentary and fiction techniques in unconventional ways, Herzog brought a new approach to cinema inspired by the likes of Walter Benjamin, Dante Alighieri, and Hieronymus Bosch. Through analysis of Herzog's works, I aimed to present 'ecstatic truth' as a practical approach in the ever-changing landscape of filmmaking, emphasising its relevance and potential for transformative storytelling.