‘Aonrú’ Wins Best Doc @ Kerry Film Festival

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Aonrú  won Best Documentary at the recent Kerry Film Festival 2015.

The short documentary directed by Dominic de Vere and produced by Jason Gaffney received the award at the closing ceremony on Sunday 25th October at the Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Aonrú has been officially selected for every major Irish film festival in 2015 and will show at the Cork Film Festival  where it has been shortlisted to compete for the prestigious ‘Grand Prix’ Irish short presented by RTÉ.

Speaking at Sundays award ceremony producer Jason Gaffney shared his delight; “We are truly honoured to receive this award particularly in line with the competition which we believe was of an excellent standard. When we began the journey of making Aonrú over three years ago – we wanted to ensure that the voices of Cape Clear islanders were heard by a larger audience – not just in Ireland but worldwide. We have been amazed by the positive reaction to the film and look forward to sharing their story with more people. All of the success would not have been possible without the support, honesty and integrity of the Cape Clear community. This is their award.”

Jason also discussed the next step for Lost Productions; “We have recently agreed a UK/Irish co-production feature with Poiesis Techné (London based) which will shoot on St Helena Island from November 2015 – June 2016. We are delighted to announce that the film will be directed by Dominic de Vere and Joseph Curran with sound being provided by Oliver Sanders. This is a massive project and we can’t wait to start shooting”.

Aonrú was co-funded by Cork County Council and Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Danny Crowley (Game of Thrones) & Leon O’Neill (Life’s a Breeze) provided sound while Annie Atkins (Grand Budapest Hotel) headed graphic design.

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Short Film Report: ‘Aonrú’

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Gareth Thornton dropped along to the Dublin premiere of Dominic de Vere’s short film Aonru – an exploration of Cape Clear Island, West Cork and the extinction of its indigenous fishing industry.

 

On Saturday, 27th June 2015, the IFI hosted the Dublin premiere of Dominic de Vere’s short film Aonrú – a wistful ode to the West Cork island of Cape Clear. The film explores the plight of the island’s inhabitants – a people literally on the margins of Ireland – as they face the demise of the fishing industry that sustained them and the erosion of their community.

The  filmmaker was joined at the premiere by the film’s producer Jason Gaffney – who was quick to credit Dominic with creating the beautiful visual texture of the film, which often slips out of its documentary clothing and reaches towards a more lyrical, impressionistic approach to its subject.

Speaking after the screening, Dominic told the audience, “I didn’t really want the film to become too like a TV documentary, too spoon-fed.” The result is a testament to the filmmaker’s style that skilfully brings out the sad, isolated beauty of the setting.

Jason Gaffney took the opportunity to thank those who had helped finance Aonrú via the ‘Fund it’ website, and also spoke of his desire to make the film as a means of giving a voice to some of those on the edge of society. “It’s so sad to see what has happened to the fishing industry on the island, and this was an opportunity to tell the story of the islanders, to have their voice heard and to let them have their say. Hopefully platforms like this will give them the opportunity to be heard more often.”

Shot over five days, Aonrú hears testimony from a number of sea-hardened fishermen, and the filmmakers spoke of their struggles with seasickness while filming in the Atlantic. “I was just throwing up,” said Dominic. “I would throw up while holding the camera, then feel OK, point the camera, hope for the best, and then throw up again.” Fortunately that suffering was not in vain, and Aonrú is sure to gather more critical acclaim as it continues on the festival circuit.

 

Directed by Dominic de Vere, produced by Jason Gaffney with sound design by Danny Crowley (Hunger, Control), Aonrú is co-funded by Bord Iascaigh Mhara and has been developed alongside Cork Screen Commission.

 

 

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‘Aonrú’ Screens at Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival

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Aonrú has been officially selected for competition at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival (20 – 24 May, 2015). Co-funded by Cork County Council and Bord Iascaigh Mhara this is the first documentary to study the extinction of fishing on Cape Clear Island, West Cork.

A documentary essay on history, loss and change; Aonrú offers a unique exploration of Cape Clear Island, West Cork and its indigenous fishing industry. Director Dominic de Vere (Watermark) fuses archive footage and observational camera techniques to portray a serene community facing uncertainty and celebrates one of mankind’s oldest endeavours while questioning its place in modern-day rural Ireland.

Producer Jason Gaffney describes the ambition behind Aonrú – “The aim of the film was to capture the lifestyle of people living on Cape Clear Island, their fears about the future and their perspective on how and why the fishing industry fell into such rapid decline. We also wanted to shoot the island in a way that would bring it to a wider audience. It’s a stunning part of the world and one that few people know about.”

As opposed to conventional documentaries Aonrú presents a unique portrait of the island from the air, the ground, the sea and beneath the water – something that has not been done on the island before.  Jason explains “We wanted to provide a window to their world so that the audience can understand and ‘feel’ their everyday routine whilst also being drawn into the beauty and elegance of life on the island. Our film has captured the island in a wonderful way and we believe Aonrú now stands as the voice of all Cape Clear islanders in modern day Ireland – a cinematic tale of their lives”.

Danny Crowley (Game of Thrones) provided sound while Annie Atkins (Grand Budapest Hotel) is heading graphic design ahead of Aonrú’s worldwide festival launch May 2015.

A Dublin premiere will be announced soon while the film will also screen on Cape Clear Island Sunday 3 May 2015 at 8pm.

 

 

 

 

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Watch the trailer for ‘Aonrú’

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The trailer for new short film Aonrú is now available online.

Described as a richly textured documentary essay on isolation, loss and change, Aonrú offers a unique exploration of Cape Clear Island, West Cork and the extinction of its indigenous fishing industry. Fusing archive footage and observational camera techniques, this portrait of an island facing uncertainty celebrates one of mankind’s oldest endeavours and questions its place in modern day rural Ireland.

Directed by Dominic de Vere, produced by Jason Gaffney with sound design by Danny Crowley (Hunger, Control) Aonrú is co funded by Bord Iascaigh Mhara and has been developed alongside Cork Screen Commission.

The film will be entering the Irish, UK and European festival circuit from February 2015.

 

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