Mia Mullarkey is directing Danger Overhead Powerlines, a documentary
about an elderly woman who was sent to prison in 2011 by the Electricity
Supply Board for not allowing them access to her land to cut down a large
swathe of her forest. Mia is running an online funding campaign via
fundit.ie in order to complete the film.
The story of Danger Overhead Powerlines intimately follows Teresa Treacy’s
journey during and after prison, giving an inside perspective that was
unexplored by the national media throughout the whole event. The reasons
why ESB responded as they did, the public’s outraged response to Teresa’s
plight, and Teresa’s journey from a quiet, shy woman to a relentless
fighter are documented in this 20-minute film.
This is Mia’s second short documentary, her first short documentary Halls
Without Walls was completed in 2011 and received an Honourable Mention for
Best Short Documentary at both the Galway Film Fleadh and the DIY Film
Festival, as well as being officially selected for numerous film festivals
worldwide. The producer Sinead O’Brien is an award winning documentary
maker. Since her first documentary Dusk ‘til Dawn (1999), she has written
and directed eight documentaries, six of which have been produced by Oscar
nominated producer Noel Pearson. The director of photography Lorcan Dunne
has over 10 years experience as a Camera Operator and DOP. He has shot and
produced broadcast documentaries and worked on feature films, including
Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. The editor Kevin Cunnane has twelve
years experience as a professional editor. He has worked in broadcast
television for stations including RTE, TG4, Setanta Sports, and TV3, and
on feature & short films funded by the Irish Film Board, Filmbase, RTE,
and TG4. Anna Mullarkey will composing the music for the film and her
band, My Fellow Sponges, will be her musicians. Anna composed the
soundtrack for Mia’s short documentary last year.
The film is currently being edited. Up until recently Mia has covered all production costs of this low-budget endeavour, and has turned to crowdfunding to complete the project.
The film is intended for film festivals in Ireland and internationally.
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