The Last Days of Peter Bergmann

Writer/Director: Ciaran Cassidy

Running time: 20 min.

In the summer of 2009, a man calling himself Peter Bergmann and claiming to be from Austria arrived in Sligo Town. Over his final three days, Peter Bergmann would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from.

 Useless Dog

Director: Ken Wardrop

Trevor Wardrop, a sheep rancher in Ireland, tells us about his useless dog Guiness. Trevor goes through a litany of her faults: a mongrel sheep dog who shies away from sheep; 49 years old in dog years and set in her ways; cowardly and narcoleptic; and, able to pass these traits on to at least one of her pups, Scamp. As Trevor talks, we watch Guiness, truly useless, but one of the family.

 Undressing my mother

Director: Ken Wardrop

Running time: 7 min.

Ken Wardrop’s mother, a farmer’s wife for 44 years, takes off her clothes and talks about her body as the camera looks closely at her bottom, her breasts, her tummy, and her face. Meditations on gaining weight because she’s relaxed and happy and talking about how much she liked to have her back scratched give way to memories of her husband and the feelings of loss. Her body is a map of childbirth, happiness, love, and loneliness.

 Irish Folk Furniture

Director: Tony Donoghue

Running time: 9 min.

An animated documentary about repair and recycling in an Irish village.

Blood Good Headline

Directors: Tom Burke, Paul Quinn

Running time: 14 min.

A look beyond the sensationalist headlines, giving a voice to migrant newspaper vendors as they weave their paths through Dublin’s rush hour traffic.

What Remains

Directors: Pat Collins, Tadgh O’Sullivan

Running time: 11 min.

A dynamic assemblage of images selected from the personal film collections preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.

Home Turf

Director: Ross Whittaker

Running time: 15 min.

Home Turf is a fascinating visual celebration on the ancient art of cutting turf by hand in Co. Kerry, Ireland. Following a band of turf cutters from North Kerry throughout the cutting season from April to September, the film gives insight into a way of life that will soon be forgotten. The men come to the bog to cut turf that they use as fuel for the winter. They come also to reconvene after the long winter and catch up on news and banter… they tell funny stories and sad tales. The film captures the sense of community that they feel and that will die with them. In recent years machines have come to the bog to cut turf and soon the traditional methods will be lost. Also lost will the comradeship, and the film is a wish for simpler, more cohesive times.

Sat 14 March Short Docs Documentary Film Centre  – 17:00 TICKETS
Fri 20 March Short Docs Documentary Film Centre  – 19:00 TICKETS