Friday 25 May 2018

Famine film short begins shooting in Fingal

Lead actor Adam Dolan on set
Lead actor Adam Dolan on set

Filming for The Hunger Times, a short drama about the Irish Famine, aimed at 10-13 year olds, began in Fingal last week and Tile Media are filming on location in Ardgillan Castle, Malahide Castle and Commons Lane in Skerries.

The film explores the legacy of the Great Irish Famine and its relevance in a modern context.

It was commissioned through an open competition by Ireland's Great Hunger Museum (IGHM) at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. The film will be released in February 2018, to coincide with Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, a national exhibition which will see a large part of IGHM's collection returning to Ireland to be exhibited in Dublin (Dublin Castle) and Cork (West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen) next year.

Curator of the exhibition, Niamh O'Sullivan, says: 'This short film is a wonderful opportunity to educate young people about the Great Famine, its legacy and, particularly, how it resonates with us in a contemporary context.'

Written by Hannah Salt (Bump, Rabbit Punch) and directed by Keith Farrell (A Terrible Beauty, Death or Liberty, Rabbit Punch), the film takes inspiration from art works from Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger.

Director, Keith Farrell, says: 'When I saw the call for submissions for a children's film from the folks at Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinipiac University in Connecticut built around their fantastic collection of art works and artefacts my interest was immediately piqued.

'The catastrophic Gorta Mór/The Great Hunger is deeply ingrained in both the Irish and Irish American psyche and whilst it has been addressed in documentary and to a lesser extent in drama, I believe our film, The Hunger Times, will be the first occasion when a famine story has been told through the eyes of children.'

Locals in Skerries and Malahide can look forward to seeing the film crew out and about.

Fingal Independent