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FILM ‘The Pipe’, a film on the Corrib gas controversy, wins award

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

THE PIPE, a film by Risteard Ó Domhnaill, about the controversial Corrib gas project, and its impact on a remote community in north Mayo, was recently awarded Best Feature Documentary at the prestigious 22nd Galway Film Fleadh.
O Domhnaill’s documentary, which received a standing ovation at the Town Hall Theatre premiere, chronicles the lives of fisherman Pat O’Donnell, environmentalist Monica Muller and farmer Willie Corduff.
Speaking to The Mayo News, Risteard Ó Domhnaill said: “I was hugely apprehensive about the showing because I was putting people’s real lives up there on the film. It’s still all very real and very raw for them. The film essentially shows the huge impact this project has had on three people’s lives, set to a backdrop of the protest.”
He continued: “I was filming various news pieces for television about the protest since 2006 and really the documentary accidentally came out of that. As a filmmaker, I was struck by the fact the real story was getting lost in all the hype and spin.”
He said there was already interest from other internationally acclaimed film festivals.
Meanwhile, innovative filmmaker, Len Collin, of online soap ‘Covies’ fame, won this year’s pitching competition, with a project entitled ‘Dumpailte’. This quirky award allows film-makers to sell a script idea in just 500 words.