Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh: On The Box preview

The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

OnThe Box


Waking the Titanic

Friday, 12th July



This documentary is no mere retelling of the Titanic story. This is a unique story of hope and the loss suffered by the people of a tiny West of Ireland village whose sons and daughters went in search of a better life only to be subsumed by the tragic destiny of the world’s greatest ship.

Frank Delaney, the film’s director told Film Ireland that “It is really important to us to have Waking The Titanic featured in the Galway Film Fleadh and I imagine even more important to the people of Addergoole and Lagherdaun. The people of Addergole, of which village of Lagherdaun is its centre, lost more people on Titanic than any other community in the world. At the time the population of Lagerdaun was 96 people, 11 were lost on Titanic and three survived – the trauma was huge, so huge in fact that the entire community went silent – they vowed not to speak about it to each other or to outsiders again. As a result within a few generations the story was lost entirely – totally forgotten. It was only rediscovered and awakened in the last ten years.

“After one hundred years the locals are again talking about it but the feelings about this loss still run very deep in the community around Lagherdaun and the emotions of the locals there are still very tangible. So considering that the people of Addergoole have now embraced this history and are telling this story, to have it at the Galway Film Feadh on the big screen is great. In addition to this Waking The Titanic is a true West of Ireland production. The film was made totally in the West of Ireland. The production company is based in Mayo, I’m Galway based, – it was prepped, written, shot, and edited here in the West. The entire cast were also West of Ireland based – they were made up of mainly of locals (non actors) from Lagherdaun with two professional actors completing the cast. So for its festival premiere to be in the West is fantastic.”



An Bhean A Shiúil Trasna Mheiriceá (The Woman Who Walked Across America)

Friday, 12th July



This lyrical film explores the epic journey taken by Mary Devine who crossed America on foot with her four-year-old daughter during the 1860s in a desperate attempt to return home to West Kerry where she had emigrated from.

John O’Donnell told Film Ireland that “Myself and everyone involved with the film are delighted that it has been selected for Galway. The fleadh has always been very supportive to both new Irish and international works and is an important platform for this film particularly as it is a bi-lingual story about an Irish woman who walked across America with her child during the 1860’s in an attempt to return home to West Kerry where she had emigrated from a number of years earlier.

“The film explores that epic journey taken by this heroic woman and even though it is set in the 1860s the story still has a powerful resonance today as it deals with emigration and that elusive search for the promised land. But most of all it tells a story of self-belief, hope and survival with the abiding cinematic image being that of this lone woman carrying her child across a lawless, wild and wind-swept American landscape.

“We hear a lot about those who left, never to return but rarely do we hear about those who came back.”



An Dubh ina Gheal (Assimilation)

Friday, 12th July



The poet Louis de Paor lived in Australia for ten years in the 1980s, where he composed Didjeridu and An Dubh ina Gheal, his poetic responses to the plight of the Aboriginal people. In the documentary An Dubh ina Gheal, Louis returns there to explore how the Irish, as a founding people in the story of white Australia, were complicit in their dispossession.

Director Paula Kehoe told Film Ireland that “An Dubh ina Gheal”is a very special project to me personally, and as a filmmaker, and so I’m delighted it has been selected for the Fleadh.

“Irish people have emigrated to Australia for many generations and have had all kinds of interaction with Aboriginal people. As Irish people know well,
histories of colonisation are never pretty. Yet there are also love stories and a sense of a shared history.. and it’s this complex relationship that An Dubh
ina Gheal sets out to explore.”



An Léigear 1922 (The Siege 1922)

Friday, 12th July



This film, the sequel to An Conradh, depicts just ten days in the history of a nation, yet they are ten days that changed the course of its history forever; it’s a story of ten days of fierce fighting on the streets of the capital, comrade against comrade, brother against brother with nothing less than the future of Ireland at stake.



Pauline Bewick: Yellow Man, Grey Man

Friday, 12th July



Pauline Bewick: Yellow Man, Grey Man examines the hugely successful series of work by artist Pauline Bewick known as ‘The Yellow Man’.

Maurice Galway, who directed the film, told Film Ireland, “I am delighted that Pauline Bewick: Yellow Man Grey Man is selected as part of the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. The festival is an excellent platform for the film and I’m looking forward to seeing Pauline’s fans show up for the screening and hearing people’s feed back. I am also a big fan of The Cinemobile and am thrilled to be having the film screened in it.


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