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New Irish film is a breath of fresh air, says director Moore

OSCAR-winning film-maker Michael Moore has described the Irish documentary His and Hers as a "breath of fresh air".

The film, which tells the stories of 70 women and their relationships with their men, has won the heart of the nation -- and has also caught the attention of Hollywood.

It has won a string of awards at various different film festivals including one of the world's most famous, Sundance, and now it has caught the eye of the Bowling for Columbine director.

As one of the best-known documentary makers, Moore's comment has lent star power to the heart-warming indie flick.


He described the film on his website, saying it was "one of the most moving and original films I've seen this year".

"No one has ever made a documentary like this one. In a summer of tired and stale movies from Hollywood, His and Hers is a breath of fresh air blowing in from the midlands of Ireland," he said.

The low-budget film, starring four-year-old Emily Rose McHugh, was released to select Irish cinemas two weeks ago and has already raked in an impressive €70,000.

Its director, Ken Wardrop, described the reaction as "incredibly exciting".

"It's particularly encouraging to see a small film like His & Hers finding a large audience here at home," he said. The film is to be released in Australia, New Zealand and the US. The story features contributions from women across the Irish midlands, exploring their relationships with the men in their life -- fathers, boyfriends, husbands and sons.

The film has scooped the George Morrison Award for Feature Documentary at this year's IFTAs, the Audience Award at the Dublin International Film Festival, the Feature Award in the Galway Film Fleadh, and the Cinematography Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Now, due to its success, production company Element Pictures Distribution is increasing print numbers so the film can be shown in 10 cinemas across the country.