#IrishFilm: Older Than Ireland in the conversation for Best Documentary at 89th Oscars
Alex Fegan’s heart-warming Irish documentary Older Than Ireland has been deemed eligible for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and will fly the flag as the only Irish entry in the 145 eligible films.
Older Than Ireland, which won Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh, is a landmark documentary that covers a hundred years of life in Ireland as seen through the eyes of thirty centenarians. These centenarians, as the title suggests are actually older than the state in which they now live. From the oldest Irish person ever on record, 113-year-old Kathleen Snavely to Ireland’s oldest man, 108-year-old Luke Dolan audiences will meet a colourful cast of characters from all walks of life from the four corners of Ireland.
Director Alex Fegan, who received an IFTA Rising Star nomination for his work, was joined by cameraman Colm Nicell in recording the stories of men and women countrywide, ranging in age from 100 to 109. This remarkable group of centenarians, all born before 1916, are the last generation to have borne witness to Ireland’s bloody transition from a newly formed fledging republic through to its development into a mature European state. These centenarians are our living history and it is through their wit, wisdom and philosophy that the film explores the more universal themes of life.
In order to qualify for contention films have to have a week long run in either Los Angeles or New York. Fegan’s film easily managed that as it has enjoyed multiple screenings in New York, as well as screenings across the US and Canada. Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.
Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The 89th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre®.
Older Than Ireland is a Snackbox Films production, with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireannFís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. / Irish Film Board. It is available to buy right now from their website.
The full list of eligible films:
The Abolitionists Abortion: Stories Women Tell All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone Almost Holy Amanda Knox Among the Believers Anne Frank Then and Now The Anthropologist Apparition Hill Art Bastard The Ataxian Audrie & Daisy Author: The JT Leroy Story The Bad Kids Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story) The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years A Beautiful Planet Beauty Bites Beast Becoming Mike Nichols Before the Flood Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire Behind the Cove – The Quiet Japanese Speak Out! Best and Most Beautiful Things The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened A Billion Lives Black Women in Medicine Blood on the Mountain Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil The Brainwashing of My Dad Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds By Sidney Lumet The C Word Cameraperson Citizen Soldier City of Gold Class Divide Colliding Dreams Command and Control Dancer Danny Says Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War Disturbing the Peace Do Not Resist Don’t Blink – Robert Frank The Eagle Huntress Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Eating You Alive Equal Means Equal Eva Hesse Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted A Family Affair Finding Babel Fire at Sea The First Monday in May Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Francofonia Generation Startup Gimme Danger Gleason Harry & Snowman Hate Rising with Jorge Ramos Holy Hell Hooligan Sparrow How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change Huntwatch I Am Not Your Negro Indian Point Into the Inferno Iron Moon Ivory. A Crime Story The Ivory Game Jim: The James Foley Story Kate Plays Christine Keepers of the Game Landfill Harmonic The Last Man on the Moon Life, Animated Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World Look at Us Now, Mother! The Lovers and the Despot Magnus Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame Mavis! Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Mifune: The Last Samurai Miss Sharon Jones! The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble My Love, Don’t Cross That River National Bird National Parks Adventure Never Surrender Newtown Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Notes on Blindness Nuts! O.J.: Made in America Off the Rails Older than Ireland Olympic Pride, American Prejudice On the Map 100 Years, One Woman’s Fight for Justice Our Last Tango Presenting Princess Shaw The Red Pill Rigged 2016 The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip across Latin America Rooted in Peace The Ruins of Lifta Seasons The Seventh Fire Shadow World Silicon Cowboys Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang Solitary Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four Starving the Beast The Syndrome Thank You for Your Service Theo Who Lived They Will Have to Kill Us First – Malian Music in Exile 13th This Is Life Tickled Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru Tower The Trans List Trapped Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria USS Indianapolis The Legacy The Uncondemned Under the Gun Under the Sun Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro Unlocking the Cage Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience We Are X Weiner When Two Worlds Collide The Witness Zero Days