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Three Irish Films to Screen at Hot Docs Festival 2012

26th Apr 2012

Three Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ Irish Film Board funded films, ‘Dreams of a Life', ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary' and ‘Home Turf' are set to screen at Hot Docs 2012, the Canadian International Festival which takes place in Toronto from 26th April - 6th May.

Written and directed by Carol Morley the documentary ‘Dreams of a Life' is about 38 year old Joyce Vincent who after dying in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London was undiscovered until three years later. Morley sets out to discover who Joyce Vincent was and how, in this so called age of communication, she came to be forgotten. Produced by James Mitchell, Cairo Cannon and Rachel Lysaght for Soho Moon Pictures, ‘Dreams of a Life' recently had its North American premiere in the Festival Favourites section of SXSW.

Sean McAllister's ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary' which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February is an intimate portrait of Yemen as the revolution unfolds.  Told through the eyes of tour guide leader Kais, an intelligent commentator on the changing time of Yemen, it offers poignant moments of reflection, loss, anger and hope on the unknown road to revolution. Produced by Rachel Lysaght and Elhum Shakerifar for Underground Films, the documentary was filmed over the course of a year with exceptional access to a country where no other camera crews or journalists were allowed to remain.

The Reality Bites funded ‘Home Turf' will also screen at Hot Docs this week. Directed by Ross Whitaker and produced by Aideen O' Sullivan for True Films, this short film is a visual celebration of the dying craft of turf-cutting. While the old men carry out the simple tradition with good humour and determination, the film explores the battle between man and machine, the inevitability of progress and the rich benefits of old-fashioned community life.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary festival. Each year, the festival presents a selection of more than 100 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programmes, the Festival also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.


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