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Documentary makes for very uncomfortable viewing

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TV Watch with Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

It is certainly true all life eventually comes into your living room if you watch enough telly, and the start of a new series of Channel 4 left me wondering if I had sullied my home after tuning in to the first episode.

Skint is a true life three-part documentary about unemployed people living in Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. It is a town that made its name from steel, but these days very few hold down a real job. The Council flats and housing estates where Skint is filmed look depressing with houses in one whole street completely boarded up.

The series centres around a few families and it really does make for despairing viewing, so much so, that I don’t know if I can stomach tuning in for the rest of the series. It airs Monday nights at 9pm.
We saw Dean, who used to work at the steelworks, which used to employ 27,000 but now only employs a sixth of that number.

He is the father of seven children and the first episode saw himself and his partner worrying about another pregnancy. To ensure no more ‘accidents’ he goes for a vasectomy – and yes, he poses full frontal for the cameras to show his scar!

The series aims to highlight social issues such as youth unemployment, crime, welfare dependency and addictions as well as an insight into these lives. And it certainly does that but it was more of an eye-opener than I had bargained for.

The area is described by the programme makers as deprived and that sure is an understatement. The children are mad, hyper, bored and in some cases frightening.

There is one particular teenager who appears to be very disturbed and I don’t know if I were his mother, if I would allow a film crew into the house.

Everyone in the programme, young and old, seem to smoke dope which makes me think, no wonder they don’t think straight and are so paranoid.

Dean was quite vocally aggressive when he spoke about being on welfare. He felt quite entitled to be looked after by the State after working for so long and that it wasn’t his fault he was laid off. Yes, yes, I thought watching the programme.

All of that may be true but have you no self-respect? And there’s an evident lack of respect shown in this series, by children to their parents, by spouses to each other and by everyone to anyone in authority, such as cops, who are always referred to as a particular domestic animal.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentine.

 

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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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