Double screening by local moviemakers

Movies that show life in Ireland in two very different contexts will be played on the big screen in Cahir, this weekend.

Movies that show life in Ireland in two very different contexts will be played on the big screen in Cahir, this weekend.

A double-header screening of movies is very special in that both movie-makers are from the town.

Documentary "The Pipe" by Richeard O`Domhaill and the film "T`was a morning in July" by Brendan Kerins and presented by John Cash will both be shown at Cahir House Hotel, on Saturday evening, January 15.

The screening time is 7.45pm and there will be a 10 foot x 7.5 foot screen especially installed for the showing.

Both films are international award winners and coincidentally both directors and cinematographers are from Cahir.

The Pipe tells the story of people from a rural community in Co Mayo and the arrival of Shell into their community, and the fear and anxiety which the impending project brings. Not only are they flung into a tumultuous struggle with Shell and the state, but they are also forced to battle with elements within their own campaign who seek to divide and control, as their community is torn apart by the stresses of choosing to support or oppose the oil company. Yet, despite the seriousness of the events surrounding them, their resilience and humanity never wains, and even in their darkest moments their wit and humour has an uncanny ability to counter the despair.

The film has been shown at film festivals across the world and following its international premier at the toronto Film Festival, last September, has also won awards at the Foyle Film Festival (Best Documentary); the Galway Film Fleadh (Best Documentary) and an honourable mention at the Amsterdam International Film Festival 2010.

'Twas a morning in July is a collaboration between Tipperary photographer John Cash and video producer Brendan Kerins.

The film was the winner of two awards at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival 2010 - Best International Directorial Debut (Feature Documentary) and Best International Geographical Documentary.