Documentary looks into extinction of fishing on Cape Clear

Aonrú film pic

Posted on: 5th May, 2015

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Contributor: West Cork People

Aonrú has been officially selected for competition at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival 2015. Co-funded by Cork County Council and Bord Iascaigh Mhara this is the first documentary to study the extinction of fishing on Cape Clear Island in West Cork.

A richly textured documentary essay on history, loss and change; Aonrú offers a unique exploration of Cape Clear Island, West Cork 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.

Jason Gaffney describes the ambition behind Aonrú: “The aim of the film was to capture the lifestyle of people living on Cape Clear 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”.

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. Jason explains: “We wanted to provide a window to their world so that the audience can understand and ‘feel’ their everyday routine whilst also being drawn into the beauty and elegance of life on the island. 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 on the worldwide festival circuit from May 2015 and will be announcing a Dublin Premiere very soon. Aonrú will also screen on Cape Clear Island Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 8pm. For more information visit: Facebook/AonruDoc.

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