Homecoming screening for local film maker

A DAINGEAN film maker will premiere her film on acclaimed travel writer Dervla Murphy in her hometown.

A DAINGEAN film maker will premiere her film on acclaimed travel writer Dervla Murphy in her hometown.

“We did all the editing and post production at our studios in Daingean, and I think it would be fitting to screen it in our home town,” says producer Martina McGlynn.

The film has screened at the Cork Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the Waterford Film Festival, played at the Irish Film Institute, and a shorter version was broadcast on TG4 in January. But the interest in this film is huge, and it’s just about to start its international screenings, so why not have a bon voyage at home.

For over two and half years producer Martina McGlynn from Daingean and her husband director Garret Daly spent time documenting Ireland’s foremost travel writer. Twenty four books, countless journeys, a worldwide fan base and massive critical success. But ‘Who is Dervla Murphy?’ This new documentary profiles the woman behind the words. A woman whose personal life has proved as fascinating as her extensive journeys.

The screening is being held as a fundraiser for the Daingean Homecoming Festival which takes place every year in August. “I’d love people to the support the festival,” added director Garret Daly. “It’s great how we can make a film like this locally in this day and age so this is a chance to share it with everyone and bring the community together in aid of a festival designed for such a purpose”.

For five decades Dervla Murphy travelled the world and turned each experience into a successful book. Her first book, “Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle” is regarded by many as the inspiration for travel in their own lives. For a young Irish woman to set off cycling to India from Ireland in 1965, defines the unique strength that lies within this author. Her travels have brought her to Tibet, Cameroon, Rwanda, Peru, Ethiopia and Siberia.

“Dervla is very private so it was a great pleasure to make this film and allow her fans access to her. She was very taken with the pictures of seeing our son Nathaniel play with her bike Roz at the premier of the film. That bike took her from Ireland to India all those years ago, and the picture stood out for me because I realised how her journeys will prove an inspiration for generations to come,” said Martina.

No stone is left unturned in a rare heartfelt interview with Dervla. Featuring exclusive footage at her home in Lismore and journeys with her grandaughters, viewers will be treated to a new insight of Dervla’s home life. ‘Who is Dervla Murphy?’ reveals an intimate portrait of an inspiring writer. The programme is produced by Mixed Bag Media Ltd. In association with County Waterford Arts Office. It’s directed by Garret Daly and Produced by Martina McGlynn. Tickets on sale now in Heartbeat City, Tullamore and Scully’s Shop, Daingean with screening in Daingean National School March 25 at 8pm. Phone bookings on 086 – 8582328

Refreshments will be served and the screening will be followed by a Q & A with the producer and director hosted by Malachy Mangan of Tullamore based Aura Productions.