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Project: Hugo Hamilton Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Hugo Hamilton is the author of many novels as well as an acclaimed memoir, The Speckled People, described as an ‘instant classic’ and translated into twenty languages. That book told the heartbreaking story of life as a child in a household torn apart by the “language wars”. Hugo’s mother was German and she fled her  shattered home after the Second World War. His father was from West Cork and saw himself and his family as pioneers who were going to shape the new Ireland.

In this Loopline Film documentary, Hugo Hamilton – Croí agus Teanga, we go on a journey between Ireland and Germany to discover the experiences that have shaped Hugo in his life and as a writer.

He recalls what it was like to grow up with a fractured identity, in a house where English was expressly forbidden and the two languages spoken were Irish and German. The punishment for speaking English was severe. Some of the experiences the children had are almost unbelievable to look back at now. They wore lederhosen sent over from Germany with Aran jumpers that his father insisted upon; they were ridiculed when they went out into the street.

Many times, Hugo and his brother were put on trial as Nazis by the local kids. At the same time, they spoke Irish in an English-speaking city and this was considered a reason to mock them also. All of these experiences left him with a confused sense of who he was. This film, directed by Martina Durac,  is an exploration of how an individual finds his personal sense of home and Hugo looks back at his life, his work and the complex relationship he had with his languages – Irish, German and English – as he examines how he got through the language war of his childhood.  He says now that he feels he had no choice but to become a writer in order to make sense of his past.

The film also follows Hugo to West Cork, the birthplace of his father where Hugo reflects on the difficult relationship they had with each other. He makes the emotional journey back to Kempen in Germany, his mother’s hometown, to meet with cousins and his aunt who shed light on life there after the war and his mother’s move to Ireland. We follow him to his second home, Berlin, a city like no other in Europe and a place that continues to influence and colour Hugo’s writing. Throughout the film, Hugo grapples with the nature of identity and its influence on his work, which he explored so beautifully in his memoir The Speckled People.

“ I cannot undo what happens in life, but I can offer it as a story, and that’s what I do in every book I write”.


Director:         Martina Durac

Producer:        Vanessa Gildea

Photography: Patrick Jordan

Editor:             Genevieve Murphy

Colourist:        Nicky Dunne



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Project: Jimmy Murakami - Non-Alien, John Ford - Dreaming The Quiet Man Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

The weather is getting better, the evenings are getting longer and the Loopliners are really looking forward to the Dingle Film Festival this year. It’s sure to be a great event not only because it is falling on St Patrick’s weekend but also because Loopline Film have two feature documentaries in this year’s line up.

We are delighted to have Jimmy Murakami join us for a another festival screening of “Jimmy Murakami Non- Alien” on the 18th of March and if you missed the chance to see “Dreaming The Quiet Man” in Cork last November don’t let it pass you by this 19th of March. It was such a success in Cork that Maureen O’Hara has decided to join us again.

So get your tickets and come on down to Dingle and if someone asks would you like water with your whiskey you can answer them in the words of Michaleen Flynn…

“When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey and when I drink water, I drink water.”

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Happy New Year!!

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All is well after the Christmas Holidays and everybody is settling back to business at 9 Lad Lane for a busy year ahead.

We said goodbye to 2010 in style as up to 100,000 people across the country, cosy in their homes and safe from the frost and snow, tuned into RTÉ 1 on Christmas Day to watch “Ó Bhéal go Béal Um Nollag”. Directed by Martina Durac and Vanessa Gildea, our most recent project captures the magic of Christmas past in Ireland. We traveled the icy roads capturing the beautiful Irish landscape and met wonderful characters that recounted tales of the Turkey and the Goose, Holly and Ivy and The Wren Boys to name but a few.

We’re looking forward to the year ahead and the exciting projects along the way. We will leave you with a glimpse of Ireland in the snow of 2010 captured beautifully by DoP Alan O’Connor.

Happy New Year from all at Loopline Film.

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