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Corrib film comes home to Mayo

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Corrib film ‘The Pipe’ to be screened nationwide


Áine Ryan

ALREADY internationally applauded, ‘The Pipe’, a documentary film about the controversial Corrib gas controversy is set to go on national release at the beginning of December, with screenings in both Castlebar (from December 3) and Belmullet (from December 5).
Speaking to The Mayo News last night,  Risteard O’Domhnaill (Richie O’Donnell) said:
“The timing of the release is very fortuitous. While we made it at the height of the Celtic Tiger when nobody dared speak about developers, now the mask has slipped and people can see the failures of the politicians and the regulators and how private interests were allowed run rough shod over the rights of ordinary citizens.”
‘The Pipe’ received a standing ovation when it premiered earlier this year at the Galway Film Fleadh. It has since received widespread praise and critical acclaim after showings at the Toronto and London Film Festivals. Tomorrow (Wednesday) ‘The Pipe’ will be shown at the Amsterdam Film Festival.
Among its many reviews, Variety magazine stated that ‘the film is beautifully composed and valiantly photographed’.
“What do people do, when the law prevents them from protecting themselves? That’s the question at the heart of ‘The Pipe’, a stirring, character-rich docu from Irish film-maker Risteard O Domhnaill about Shell vs Rossport, Ireland, where the oil company decided to run a gas line, and the community decided otherwise. The Irish don’t harbour a lot of affection toward things British, but those behind ‘The Pipe’ might think fondly of BP, whose recent gulf disaster will add currency and urgency to this charismatic David-Goliath tale. Look for some theatrical gas and a secure on-air berth,” reviewer John Anderson wrote after seeing the film at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
‘The Pipe’ is a Scannain Inbhear Teoranta presentation in association with Underground Films, Riverside Television and TG4 with the participation of the Irish Film Board. It is Produced by Rachel Lysaght, Risteard O Domhnaill and also directed by O Domhnaill.
Among the many local residents featured are Pat O’Donnell, Willie and Mary Corduff, Monica Muller and Maura Harrington.
Critic John Anderson also observes: “Narration-less and musically upbeat, the film begins in 2005, with the arrest of what would become known as the ‘Rossport Five’ – locals who refuse to allow Shell to lay pipeline across their land.”
Further information on the film and screening times and venues at www.thepipethe film.com and on Facebook at The Pipe The Film.