THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND: A CHRONICLE OF AN UNUSUAL FRIENDSHIP BY CHRISTOPHER ROBBINS
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The unlikely friendship that makes for such a literary romp in "The Empress of Ireland" is between a young, straight, very English Robbins and the 80-year-old, very gay, rather maverick Irish filmmaker, Brian Desmond Hurst. Robbins comes to meet Hurst through an alcoholic, rather unorthodox interview for a screenwriting job on Hurst's next film. Once hired to write for what turns out to be a religious epic (never completed), their dynamic kicks off and keeps going––Hurst in his element and Robbins in an almost constant state of shock and awe. The volume is an entertaining and inviting exercise in friendship, through the seeming impossibility of the camaraderie Robbins eventually found in theirs.