Anna Rodgers - Director
Siobhán Ward - Producer
This is an excerpt from our short film which won Best Short Film at Stranger than Fiction, Irish Film Institute and Best Short Documentary at The Kerry Film Festival. It's screened at AFI Silverdocs, Expresion en Corto, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Dokufest Kosovo, Helsinki International Film Festival, and others.
This is what James Marsh, Oscar winning director of Man on Wire said about it:
"Of all the films submitted, this short film was the most inventive in its use of the documentary form and showed a real sense of cinema in its camera movement and compositions. It also maintained an intense and unsettling atmosphere. Its content was simple and powerful. We listened to the fragmented recollections of troubled minds as we beheld the crumbling ruins of an institution which, mercifully, belongs to a different era and a different way of thinking."
If walls can hold memories, what sort of echoes linger in the closed units of our psychiatric institutions as they approach their demise? Moving through the corridors, dormitories and day rooms of these decaying spaces, we hear the faint traces of forgotten voices – the people who spent the best part of their lives committed to these asylums. Throughout, these people remain invisible, as we move through the empty place of their past.
PJ Dillon - Director of Photography
Tony Cranstoun - Editor
Hugh Rodgers - Sound Design
A Yellow Asylum Films production for Irish Film Board Reality Bites