#IrishAbroad: One Million Dubliners wins Silver at New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Film Awards
The excellent Irish documentary One Million Dubliners has won the prestigious Silver Medal for Documentary at the 2016 New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Films Awards. The award was presented to Underground Films’ producers Rachel Lysaght and Lindsay Campbell at a gala ceremony last night in Las Vegas.
Supported by the Irish Film Board,One Million Dubliners had already received national acclaim when it won the Best Feature Documentary Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2014 and an IFTA in 2015. We gave it 4 stars on its release.
The film is the feature directorial debut of Aoife Kelleher and the team behind One Million Dubliners have announced the follow up with Aoife’s second film, a film focusing on the miracle town of Knock. Supported by the Irish Film Board, Knock is due for release in summer 2016.
One Million Dubliners is a documentary like no other, touching on stories celebrating life, mourning death, examining belief, and exploring love and loss. The film introduces the audience to a range of extraordinary characters, both living and dead, and with a firm focus on life, it delves into the business of death.
Glasnevin Cemetery is Ireland’s national necropolis, home to over one million people who by their final resting place, are honorary Dubliners. The cemetery’s remarkable history makes it one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions – particularly in this year of centenary. One Million Dubliners reveals the often unspoken stories of ritual, love, loss, redemption, emotion and history.
Above all, it’s the story of an immensely engaging Tour Guide shepherding his charges – and us – through the headstones and monuments, through opinions and beliefs. It’s a documentary film that offers a glimpse into the unknown, a world that we will all come to share. As we get to know the characters who populate the national necropolis, those people who choose to spend their life among the dead, we also gain an insight into how we live and die in 21st century Ireland.
One Million Dubliners is an Underground Films production in association with RTÉ, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Shoot for the Moon and with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board.