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Documentary on Irish fishing industry to be screened on RTE this week

December 3rd, 2016 4:36 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

An interivew with the late Justin Keating features in the documentary

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ATLANTIC, the stunning Irish-made documentary about the increasingly scarce  resources of the North Atlantic, is to be screened on RTE this week.

Richie O’Donnell’s award-winning film, which is visually stunning, talks to communities in three countries affected by changes to fishing rights – in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland.

Castletownbere – now Ireland’s busiest fishing port – plays an important part in the movie, which has received a very warm welcome since its release last year.

A mobile cinema brought the movie to fishing communities along the south west coast earlier this year, including in Union Hall and Castletownbere, and O’Donnell hosted a Q&A session with the audience in each venue.

The director, who also made an award-winning film about the Shell pipeline in Co Mayo, is keen to get the story of the rape of our seas, to a wider audience.

He told The Southern Star this week that he was delighted that RTE had agreed to show the independent film, which will be screened this Thursday night on RTE 1 at 10.15pm.

It is narrated by Brendan Gleeson and features interviews with many people in all three countries who have a connected with, or vested interest in, their country’s fishing industry.

It won the Best Irish Documentary award at the Dublin Film Critics Circle in the Dublin Film Festival.

Atlantic is on RTÉ 1 television on Thursday December 8th at 10.15pm. 

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