Award-winning short documentary BYE BYE NOW has been chosen to represent Ireland at the EU Film Festival in China in November.
One film has been chosen from each EU member state to screen at the festival, which will take place in four cities – Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu and Shenzhen – throughout next month.
The film by Aideen O’Sullivan and Ross Whitaker for True Films has been a festival favourite over the last few years winning awards at the prestigious AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival and at major festivals in Nashville, Dallas, Cork and elsewhere.
BYE BYE NOWis an amusing, poignant documentary about the fate of the Irish phone booth, which has gone from the centre of society to the verge of extinction. It is a bittersweet tribute to the phone box, an important historical document and a barometer of how much Ireland has changed culturally with the times.
As of today, the film is now available to watch on YouTube:
‘We’ve been very lucky that BYE BYE NOW has screened all over the world and somehow successfully communicated a particular type of Irish nostalgia. We weren’t sure anyone outside of Ireland would get it but the reaction has been fantastic. Hopefully the people in China will like it too,’ said Whitaker.
Bye Bye Now screens tonight on RTÉ Two as part of their Shortscreen series.
The short documentary starts at 11:50pm tonight Monday, 24th September
Directed by Aideen O’Sullivan and Ross Whitaker, the Multi-Award-Winning short is an amusing, poignant documentary about the fate of the Irish phone booth, which has gone from the centre of society to the verge of extinction. The film tells the story not just of the rise and fall of these little concrete boxes but also of the deep changes to an entire society and shows what was lost along the way.