BEFORE jetting off to the New York Film Academy, Millstreet film maker Steven O'Riordan will host a special three-night screening of his documentary, 'The Forgotten Maggies', this weekend at The Glen Theatre in Banteer.
This searing documentary will be screened on national TV in September but has only been shown in public once before — in Galway during their recent film festival. Since then, however, it has received waves of interest nationally and internationally.
'The Forgotten Maggies' tells the stories of Kathleen Legg, Maureen O'Sullivan, Mary King and Mary Collins; four women indelibly marked by Ireland's Magdalene laundries. The four provide a small, stark and profound testament on behalf of the 30,000 women who served in these institutions — and servitude is what it was.
Tadhg O'Keeffe, who is one of the team of volunteers at The Glen Theatre, said: "We are delighted to bring this screening to Banteer. Steven was a member of our drama group here and we are very proud of what he has achieved and so glad that he came back to us for this screening."
From the family home in Millstreet, Steven is finalising the details of a planned tour of the Boston, Chicago and Michigan Film Festivals and arranging travel arrangements for a confirmed trip to New York.
The New York Film Academy has been enchanted by Steven's story and they are very anxious to show young American would-be film-makers how Steven managed to — virtually singlehandedly — conceive and create a documentary film that has won him worldwide acclaim.
On October 1, Steven will be in New York, where students will view and then ask questions about the documentary. Then, on October 2nd, the documentary will be re-screened for an invited audience of people involved in the US film industry, including distributors and producers.
As for the forgotten Maggies themselves, Steven said: "They are glad that people are talking about this and that their stories are out there now. All we are really doing is telling the women that we believe their stories and that we are listening, and that we understand how painful and emotional it is for them to speak out."
'The Forgotten Maggies' will show at 9pm at The Glen Theatre in Banteer on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening and you can pre-book your tickets, priced €12, by ringing 02956239.