Paradiso, a Derry documentary, was directed by Alessandro Negrini and produced by Margo Harkin (Besom Productions). Commissioned by BBC, the film is now Official Selection at the Boston Irish Film Festival in the United States on 26th March 2011.
Shot in Derry, the film follows Roy Arbuckle, a man who decides it’s time to challenge one of the monstrosities left by the war– fear. He wants to reunite his former showband, The Signetts, and his formers musicians who are now in their seventies, organising a major dance night. He hopes to get Protestants and Catholics dancing together again in The Fountain, a dying Protestant district.
Paradiso was successful at the Award Ceremony of ‘We The Peoples Film Festival’ in London at the National Film Theatre, winning its 9th awards and has previously won Best Documentary in Rome, India, Hungary and Bangladesh and Audience Awards in Germany and Chichester, England as well as being widely screened in Festivals in Mexico, South Africa, Italy and Romania.