The Pipe

The Pipe
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The Pipe
Ireland, 2010, 83 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Documentary, Environment, Political
Program: True Stories
Language: English

Awards: Galway 2010 (Best Documentary Feature)

An example of point-of-view documentary filmmaking that succeeds on all levels, Risteard O’Domhnaill’s film will both move and inform audiences in equal measure. When a large deposit of gas was discovered off the west coast of Ireland in 1996, events were set in motion that soon had the locals up in arms against the Shell oil company. Shell proposed a six-mile underground pipeline that would have had to pass beneath a number of farms, as well as skirting some villages. The locals would have none of it and protested—successfully it seemed. Until the proposed changes in the pipeline’s direction were seen to be even more problematic…

O’Domhnaill is smart to focus closely on the lives of those who would have been most deeply affected (Shell refused to participate in the film). Whether it’s the villager who went on a hunger strike or the fisherman who refused to alter his fishing patterns to make way for the Shell tankers, The Pipe shows how individuals (shown here in all their complex and sometimes unflattering glory) and their actions remain important in an increasingly corporate world. Winner, Best Documentary, Galway Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Risteard O’Domhnaill
Producer: Risteard O'Domhnaill, Rachel Lysaght
Editor: Nigel O'Regan, Stephen O'Connell
Cinematographer: Risteard O’Domhnaill
Music: Stephen Rennicks, Hugh Drumm
Principal Cast: Pat ‘The Chief’ O Donnell, Willie & Mary Corduff, Monica Muller, Maura Harrington, John Monaghan, Father Michael Nallen
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Scannáin Inbhea

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