31 Mar. 2017, 7pm
Atlantic: Award winning documentary
Three countries, two resources, one choice.
From the maker of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s new film Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland’s ocean resources. Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson narrates the film shot across Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland.
Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities (in Norway, Newfoundland and the west coast of Ireland) as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges. As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal people and the species they rely on may be reaching a point of no return.
In the west coast of Ireland, Jerry Early has seen the heart ripped out of his island after a ban on drift netting for wild salmon. As he fights to regain his fishing rights, he’s up against a government which takes orders only from the European Union. As foreign super-trawlers operate with impunity just offshore, Jerry feels like a criminal on his own boat. The circumstances could be dire if he defies the new order of the ocean, but as the unofficial “mayor” of a dying island, Jerry feels he has to face up to powerful interests before it’s too late.
Narrated by Brendan Gleeson, Emmy Award-Winner
Directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill, Winner of 2016 Screen Directors’ Guild Finders Series for Atlantic
Best Irish Documentary – Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016
Best Environmental Documentary – Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 2016
Grand Jury Prize for Most Outstanding Film – Wexford Documentary Film Festival 2016
Audience Award – British & Irish Film Series Festival, Luxembourg, 2016
Selected for Irish Film Institute Schools Programme 2016-2017
“It made my blood boil.” – Sunday Business Post
“absolute must-see” – Film Ireland
“Entertaining, informative and essential.” – Irish Times
“a wake-up call as chilling as a bucket of ice-cold seawater over the head” – Irish Examiner
“epic in scope, damning in its conclusions” – Irish Times
“…Ó Domhnaill is a critical and influential documentary maker, exposing the reality of our resource mismanagement with his first major project The Pipe and he astonishes again with Atlantic.” – Hot Press
“vital… this is important stuff” – Sunday Independent
“Atlantic is an engrossing piece of truth-seeking, visually stunning and crafted with clarity and insight. It was an honour to be involved.” – Brendan Gleeson