The director of the documentary Nothing Compares remembered Sinéad O’Connor, expressing her grief over the death of the artist.
The director Kathryn Fergusonwho had directed the documentary Nothing Compares in 2002, he recalled Sinead O’Connor.
The filmmaker conducted the interview with the artist at the heart of the project which debuted in 2022 and remembered the singer with great affection.
The memory of the director
Kathryn Ferguson, speaking of Sinéad O’Connor’s death at 56, admitted: “I’m really upset, as we all are, and really sad that she’s gone. It’s been a very strange few days“.
The director revealed that the reception given to the documentary has been quite profound since its debut at Sundance in January 2022: “It was a somewhat terrifying experience to release the film at the time, but immediately, it became obvious that there was this immense avalanche of love for Sinead. And she was so powerful and strong, we realized very quickly how many people she touched all over the world“. Kathryn recalled: “It took five years to make this film, but the seeds were planted when I was a teenager growing up in 1990s Ireland“.
Ferguson revealed that the artist had been of enormous help: “He continued to constantly share content about the documentary and his journey on Facebook, and it was really cool. I’m glad he got to see the reception to the project, it’s the only thing that’s remotely right about all of this for me, that I got to witness the reaction“.
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The goal of the documentary
The director explained that they wanted to explain why she had come to tear the photo of the Pope while he was a guest on Saturday Night Live, revealing what had led to that moment in his life. This had allowed us to talk about the traumas suffered and what we experienced in Ireland: “There was nothing casual about that gesture, it was a visceral reaction to the news he was hearing. And it was a very decisive act for her, but there was a long story behind her. She was abused as a child in Ireland and chose to use her platform and her power to demonstrate against what she considered a huge evil in Ireland“.
Kathryn recalled that that gesture had important consequences on the way she was regarded and on her career. That part of the documentary, which shows how a young woman was brutally attacked for condemning the abuse, elicited great emotional reactions from the audience: “Finding all those moments was horrific, but we wanted it to be a truthful approach to what he had to endure“. The filmmaker added that they really wanted to convey what Sinéad O’Connor had felt: “The most important thing, for me, was to have her talk non-stop for 97 minutes. And that is the beauty and power of the film“.
The director explained that Sinéad influenced young people who became activists and were inspired by the way she spoke about injustices. Kathryn also revealed that the artist had almost completed an album that she had worked on with David Holmes and that, according to some people who had listened to it during the recordings, it is fantastic.