Local director showcases first TV documentary

by Rebecca Ryan

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A Kilmacud director is making waves in the television world as he prepares to showcase his first TV documentary.

Seán Ó Ciardha’s ‘Faoin gCeann Tuí’ (Under the Thatch) was selected for this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

It follows him as he relives a BBC documentary that visited his ancestral home in Connemara in the 1960’s.

The film explores the differences and similarities between Connemara in 1962 and 2018, as well as the ties that bind a community and a family together through the generations.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Sean said he is thrilled about how the documentary is being received.

“I am absolutely thrilled about my programme going on air. It’s an early Christmas present!

“It’s a short documentary that explores the fateful day a BBC film crew came to my great grandmother’s house in Spiddal in 1962.

“The black and white footage they shot of a céilí still looks beautiful today, and it was a pleasure threading that through with interviews I conducted this year.

“I made the film as part of WIT’s Higher Diploma in Television Production. The team there really helped me get the best out of the footage and to teach me the basic skills needed to put it together.”

Although Sean is a Kilmacud man, Connemara is very close to his heart.

“Connemara is a part of who I am as I have family there. The opportunity to revisit such a huge day in the life of the area, and to hear stories from people who were there – still tangibly excited about it nearly 60 years later, was a real pleasure.”

Sean is a co-founder of a production company called Taisce Shorts who make online content for TG4 as well as independently.

Sean is looking forward to making more documentaries in the near future.

“I’ll have to find some 1960s footage of cows being milked in Kilmacud next,” added Sean. To see more of Sean’s work, visit www.facebook.com/taisceshorts[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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