In recent years, documentary film has seen a massive surge of interest. And that's only partly because services like VOD and digital distribution have made them easier to see than ever before. It's also because the genre has produced some superb work.
In a world where movies are so often overblown and franchised to the hilt, a good documentary shines as something truly original, with a razor focus on real people and an agenda that's far more complex than the obvious attempt to make money.
A new Irish documentary called One Million Dubliners looks like it could continue this impressive documentary trend. It's all about the history of Glasnevin cemetery, home to the mortal remains of at least one million souls interred there since the gates opened in 1832.
Famous forms reside within, including Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Brendan Behan and Maude Gonne and these characters form part of the narrative of One Million Dubliners, alongside the living who come to tend and visit the graves.
And through it all, there's the voice of the cemetery's dedicated tour guide, historian ShaneMacThomais who might just be the greatest character of all.
Aoife Kelleher, director of One Million Dubliners, noted "Making the film, we developed a strong emotional connection with Glasnevin itself and also with our remarkable tour guide, whose stories about the cemetery ranged from the hilarious to the heart-rending. Glasnevin Cemetery is a magical place, the site where life and death converge and history meets modernity. This film, which began as the story of the characters that inhabit Ireland’s largest non-denominational graveyard, is really about the Irish experience of death, from the rituals in which we find solace at our very darkest moments to our unique views on religion and the life beyond the grave. We’re thrilled to be able to have the world premiere of this really special film at the Galway Film Fleadh.”
One Million Dubliners sounds like an incredible piece of filmmaking and it gets its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 12th of July 2014.
Tickets are available here.