‘It Came From Connemara!!’ Screens at Raindance

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Following its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, Dearg Films’ documentary on the Roger Corman Connemara studios has been selected to screen at the Raindance Film Festival in London.

Now in its 22nd year, Raindance is the largest independent film festival in Europe and has a strong legacy of showing alternative films and uncovering new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene.

‘It Came From Connemara!!’ is the only Irish documentary feature to be selected for the festival.

Director Brian Reddin said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be selected as part of this prestigious festival and to be the only Irish feature documentary selected is a great honour. It’s particularly cool because our doc is in both Irish and English, which proves that a good story can travel in any language. We are equally delighted for both TG4 and the BAI who funded the documentary and have been incredibly supportive throughout the process.

It Came From Connemara!! also screens next Saturday Sept 6th at the inaugral Sky Road Film Festival in Clifden and is also screening as part of the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival on Saturday September 27th.

This feature documentary tells the unique story behind Roger Corman’s film studio in Connemara.

When Corman arrived in Ireland, he brought with him an unrivalled career, which guaranteed him a place in cinema history. This was the man who launched the cinematic careers of Coppola, Scorsese, Nicholson and De Niro. The name ‘Corman’ meant low budget, but it also meant cult, and crucially, it meant fun. He was never concerned with awards or creating anything of aesthetic value. Instead, he churned out cheap exploitation flicks in the 50’s, which quickly established Corman as a producer and director who gave the audience what they wanted. His Irish films were designed to do just that.

By the 90s, Corman had set his sights on Ireland. His time making movies in Connemara would be marred by controversy as he managed to upset the unions and the tastes of cinephiles. But, those who worked for him adored the experience. Corman gave them an opportunity to learn the film industry and a chance to progress through the filmmaking ranks. He helped to launch many production careers in Ireland and there are many who credit him with their success.

The Corman Connemara Studios employed hundreds of people throughout its few years in production and released almost 20 feature films, all shot in Connemara by Irish crews with Irish actors. Yet, the story of the studios and the movies Corman made there has never been told. With unique access to Corman and his archive of Irish films, along with behind the scenes footage and stills, as well as interviews with many of the cast and crew who worked at Concorde Anois, this documentary tells the whole story of what came from Connemara during those five gloriously gruesome years.

The documentary features exclusive interviews with Roger Corman, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, James Brolin and Corbin Bernsen as well as interviews with the Irish cast and crew, John Brady, Celine Curtin, Maeve Joyce and Evelyn O’Rourke. The documentary was produced and directed by Brian Reddin. The DOP was Gerry MacArthur and it was edited by Ultan Murphy in Windmill Lane. The documentary was funded by TG4 and the BAI.

 

 

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