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Derek’s a slow burner that just grows and grows

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TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

Maybe Ricky Gervais was astute enough to know that his next comic creation had to be something other than a parody of himself – but he must have had a hard sell to convince Channel 4 that Derek was the way forward.

On any level, Derek shouldn’t be funny, and it’s not – at least not in the way that The Office or An Idiot Abroad was – but it touches a chord that makes you realise why Gervais says this is his favourite character yet.

Derek Noakes is what we might call a bit simple but he finds a job, a home – and effectively a family – in a nursing home where other birds with broken wings congregate so they can fly together.

The programme schedulers describe it as a bittersweet comedy and that’s what it is, because while there are laughs – and humour occasionally bordering on the distasteful – there is also a strong moral theme and a compassionate commentary on the lives of people who might live on the margins.

The scenario is simple – Derek Noakes works in the nursing home, where his fellow staff are led by Hannah, a woman who manages the centre with ability and empathy, both for her employees and her residents.

The workers are a disparate group; Vicky, a reformed wild child who found a vocation when she did her community service at the home; Dougie, a hapless handyman (Karl Pilkington from An Idiot Abroad), and Kev, a man for whom a can of beer is as vital as fresh air to everyone else.

They’re joined by ex-soldier Jeff, the new guy for this second series, and clearly this is a complex character who will unfold – or unravel – as the series goes on.

And the other new arrival into the nursing home is Derek’s hard-living, hard-swearing, hard-drinking Irish dad, Anthony (acclaimed actor Tony Rohr, who isn’t Irish at all).

It’s a fascinating dynamic between father and son, who were not so much estranged as living in parallel worlds – summed up by the fact that the only picture Anthony had of his son was one of him as a small boy.

The one recognisable characteristic between then and now is Derek’s hair, because he has what might be described as a sort of Sixties style – albeit it one that was only fashionable even then in places that time forgot – combed hard to the scalp and caked in grease.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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