Film charts the demise of fishing on island

April 10th, 2015 6:22 PM

By Southern Star Team

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A DOCUMENTARY based on Cape Clear has been officially selected for competition at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, in Schull next month.

Co-funded by Cork County Council and Bord Iascaigh Mhara Aonrú is the first documentary to study the decline in fishing on Cape Clear Island, West Cork.

A richly textured documentary essay on history, loss and change, Aonrú offers a unique exploration of Cape Clear Island and its indigenous fishing industry.

Director Dominic de Vere fuses archive footage and observational camera techniques to portray a serene community facing uncertainty, and celebrates one of mankind’s oldest endeavours while questioning its place in modern day rural Ireland.

Producer Jason Gaffney said the aim of the film was to capture the lifestyle of people living on the island, their fears about the future and their perspective on how and why the fishing industry fell into such rapid decline. ‘We also wanted to shoot the island in a way that would bring it to a wider audience. It’s a stunning part of the world and one that few people know about,’ he said.

As opposed to conventional documentaries, Aonrú presents a unique portrait of the island from the air, the ground, the sea and beneath the water – something that has not been done on the island before.

‘Our film has captured the island in a wonderful way and we believe Aonrú now stands as the voice of all Cape Clear islanders in modern day Ireland – a cinematic tale of their lives.’

Aonrú will be announcing a Dublin premiere soon. Aonrú will also be screened on Cape Clear Island on Sunday May 3rd at 8pm. For more see: Facebook/AonruDoc

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