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The Documentary

The ‘Brother Walfrid: Founder’ documentary comes as part of the Peter Howson ‘Brother Walfrid’ Limited Edition Boxed Set. It reveals the inspirational story of Brother Walfrid, as narrated by Bafta winning actor and director Peter Mullan. The hour-long documentary includes an extensive interview with Peter Howson, exclusive to the Limited Edition Boxed Set, in which he speaks of capturing the spirit of a great humanitarian and founder of Celtic Football Club.
The film also includes contributions from Professor Sir Tom Devine and Professor Joseph Bradley.
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The story of Andrew Kerins, or Brother Walfrid as he’s more commonly known, is inextricably linked to Glasgow’s East End and the birth of one of the most famous football clubs in the world, Celtic FC. However, his early life was shaped by a human catastrophe on a scale the likes of which had never been seen before – the Famine of 1844.

This story is one of triumph over adversity, of compassion and humility.

His legacy is remarkable; both in terms of his care for the poor, the hungry and the downtrodden in Glasgow , the Borders and London, as well as the football club he started. Inspired by a new portrait by Peter Howson, this is the story of Andrew Kerins, ‘Brother Walfrid: The Founder’.

Peter Howson’s painting ‘Brother Walfrid’ – is the study of a son of a peasant farmer, Irish immigrant, Marist Brother and the central figure in the formation of Celtic Football Club. The painting clearly links the man with his roots, in famine ravaged rural Ireland.

Peter Howson returns time and again to religious subject matter and in particular, Christian, Catholic and Biblical themes. He can perhaps be credited with starting a new renaissance in religious paintings in the world of contemporary art.
His images often challenge us to consider preconceptions of religious characters and stories.

Peter Howson’s painting of Brother Walfrid is particularly notable in that the subject’s achievements and legacy beyond the formation of Celtic FC are not widely known. But the man was motivated entirely by his charitable endeavours, and specifically, in feeding the hungry. He worked until his death to help those in need.

This documentary, which was filmed on location in Glasgow, Belfast, Dumfries & Galloway and Sligo, features several interviews with historical and social experts, as well as those involved in Brother Walfrid’s legacy.

The film is produced and directed by Paul Hineman, BAFTA winner. It was shot by Michael Sherrington and the original score was written by Grammy Award winner Dave Donaldson.