The Irish Premiere of the documentary film Village by the Sea took place at The Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon on Saturday, the 15th of December 2012. The converted church was packed with over 70 people in attendance. Before the screening the audience were treated to some surprise performances…
The night started with a wonderful performance from our Welsh guests Cheryl Beer, Suzanne Hughes Owen & Danielle Lewis. They performed for us as part of their Irish tour of the Celtic Women Festival funded by Coracle. They were very much taken by the courageousness of Edith Collier and her female colleagues as portrayed in the film. Cheryl has promised to write a song about Edith so we look forward to hearing that in the new year.
Following this we had a spell binding performance by Deirdre Starr of The Flower of Magherally that is also featured in the film. Deirdre dedicated the song to her friend Michael Heath, the Director of the film who was with us in spirit from his home in New Zealand. We hope to see Deirdre back in Bunmahon for a full concert in this wonderful space in the new year. To hear more of her work please visit her website here; http://www.deirdrestarr.com/
Our next guest was broadcaster and historian Julian Walton who gave a wonderful introduction to the life of Edith Collier. He gave a reading of the recent piece he recorded for his long-standing radio slot on WLR fm called On This Day. It was nice to hear a fresh perspective and so fitting that it was broadcast on the radio on the anniversary of Edith death, 12th December 1964. Sadly Julian announced before his reading that his radio slot is being axed due to budgetary constraints. Shame to hear the end of an era after nearly 5500 epic broadcasts.
The last word went to the Director Michael Heath who had sent his greeting earlier that day by email from New Zealand which was read out before the film. Here is a small quote from that email; “I am thinking about you all as tonight you will be watching the film and I wish I was there with you all….It has been a wonderful journey. Both Steve and I cannot say how much we loved being with you, and being able to experience and capture the beauty of the place you call home. We want to thank you all for your kindness and hospitality in looking after us so well, assisting us, and allowing us to make the film I wanted to make.
The film Village by the Sea was shot in Bunmahon in March 2012 and retraces the footsteps of Edith Collier, the New Zealand artist who came to Bunmahon in 1914 and 1915. Her paintings of this small Irish coastal village and the people she encountered are featured throughout the film alongside many contemporary interviews with local people and dramatic footage of The Copper Coast.
Cinematography was by Stephen Latty. Sean Corcoran and Angela Mulcahy coordinated the production and assisted the director in Ireland. I’m sure Edith Collier was with us in spirit for the event at the heart of her home in Ireland. The performances and film were warmly received by the audience and a great night was had by all. DVD copies of the film can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds from the event are going to the Ryan and Ethan Appeal. This will help pay for the treatment that these two young local boys are currently undergoing in America since they were diagnosed with ALD. We send Ryan, Ethan and their family all our best wishes at this difficult time.
The event was coordinated by Angela Mulcahy and Sean Corcoran. Special thanks to Paula Mc Carthy, Sean Fitzsimons and the full team at The Copper Coast Geopark Centre for hosting the event. Michael and Sean O’Meara for providing the sound system. Eddie Mc Carthy for a loan of the van. The Gaelach Gorm Theatre for the heating system. Thanks to so many of the cast and crew for attending. Thanks also to our performers Cheryl Beer, Suzanne Hughes Owen, Danielle Lewis and Deirdre Starr. Julian Walton for his reading. Michael Heath for his kind words. Mareike Eccleston for tirelessly promoting the event (and everything else we do).
On behalf of Copper Coast Productions and The Art Hand we would like to thank you all for supporting this event and making it a great night.
For further details of our film productions and events please visit www.theArtHand.com/film