The Pipe

The Pipe

DIR/DOP: Risteard Ó Domhnaill • PRO: Rachel Lysart, Risteard Ó Domhnaill • ED: Nigel O’Regan, Stephen O’Connell

This provocative and absorbing documentary tells a story of defiance against all the odds. The Pipe captures the events surrounding the Corrib gas controversy. While first and foremost being a tale of human spirit, the film tells a sorry tale of misinformation, corruption, political opportunism, corporate bullying, profits over people, state brutality, abuse of human rights and €420 billion worth of natural resources being given away to oil companies. And in doing so, says much about the times we live in.

The story looks on from a human perspective. Its focus on the individual and community battling to protect their livelihoods and prevent the destruction of their local ecosystem allows the dignity of the people involved at the heart of this story to shine through. The Pipe gives a voice to people such as Pat O’Donnell, who was branded a ‘thug and a bully’ in court by judge Raymond Groarke. Similar claims were also being bandied about by The Irish Times and on RTÉ television as Shell to Sea protesters were reduced to the cliché of an incendiary mob of lunatics.

Ó Domhnaill’s keen photographic eye, access to the campaigners, acceptance by the community, brave camerawork and tight storytelling, coupled with Nigel O’Regan’s skilful editing of the material ensure that the end result is never less than enthralling. The Pipe is a human story that functions as an admirable reminder that the machinations of government and industry are sometimes no match for the human spirit.

Steven Galvin

Rated 15A (see IFCO website for details)

The Pipe is released on 3rd December 2010

The Pipe – Official Website

Film Ireland presents a screening of The Pipe and Q&A with the filmmakers at 6.15 pm Monday, 13th December (Q&A 7.45 pm).

You can reserve your tickets (€5) by emailing info@filmbase.ie or calling reception on 01-679 6716, tickets can be picked up and paid for from 9.30 am on the day of the screening.

Read Aoife Kelleher’s interview with Risteard Ó Domhnaill.

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