Irish Film Board funded short documentary Home Turf has won the award for ‘best work about the natural environment and the relationship between Man and Nature’ at Film Festival Della Lessinia in Verona, Italy.
The film was funded under the Reality Bites scheme and debuted at the Corona Cork Film Festival last November. Since then it has had screenings at several prestigious festivals including Krakow, Hot Docs in Toronto and the AFI Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival in Washington DC.
Home Turf observes turf cutters from Co. Kerry as they cut and collect turf through the summer months and juxtaposes their efforts with machine-cutting that is happening nearby.
It was produced by Aideen O’Sullivan (Bye Bye Now) for True Films and directed by Ross Whitaker (Saviours), edited by Andrew Hearne (Blind Man Walking, The Zoo), with cinematography by Alex Sapienza (The Bailout).
The film was called an ‘elegiac tribute to an Ireland rapidly disappearing’ by the Irish Independent, Film Ireland said the film was ‘shot with an elegant visual simplicity’ while The Examiner said ‘the film captures the camaraderie of the bog.’
The Lessinia Film Festival is the only Italian cinematographic competition dedicated exclusively to short films, documentaries, and full length features about the life, history and traditions of the mountains. The award given to Home Turf was sponsored by Lessinia Regional Natural Park .
‘We are delighted that the film has been granted this award by the Lessinia Film Festival, particularly considering the strength of the films on show,’ said director Ross Whitaker. ‘We’re particularly happy that the award is especially dedicated to the relationship between Man and Nature, which is a central theme of our film.’