A new Irish documentary about movie-going in Ireland, throughout the decades called ‘See you at the Pictures’ will film in Carrick-on-Shannon on November 14.
The documentary for RTE expected to be 90 mins in length received €105,000 from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland earlier this year.
Planet Korda Pictures is a Temple Bar based production company who see this project “as a social history project as well as an entertaining film and hope that the stories we collect will form part of a nationwide historical resource on Irish cinema going.”
Exploiting a treasure chest of hitherto undocumented or privately documented stories and adventures that have been stored inside heads or scribbled in yellowing notebooks and diaries across the country, the film proposes to examine specific periods of Irish history as related, through the prism of cinema, by ordinary and less ordinary people who lived and are living through them. Their testimony guides us through the years, providing insight, historical knowledge, funny anecdotes, local colour, and other comic or perhaps even tragic stories. Out of this will emerge a truly nationally-shared experience of cinema-going as important to our common heritage as any of the other components of our culture.
See You at the Pictures stared filming this week and will visit numerous locations around the country for the next five weeks, including Carrick on November 14. The production company is looking for stories/anecdotes about all aspects of the cinema-going experience from people of all ages.
Whether it be about your first trip to the cinema, or a film that made a big impression on you, or a life-defining experience you had at the pictures - they want to hear them all.
Do you know where there was a cinema that no longer exists? Do you know what films were shown? How much they cost? If you have any information generally about Irish cinemas they’d like to hear from you also.
To submit your story and maybe be filmed as part of the documentary share your story by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.seeyouatthepictures.com.
See You at the Pictures is a documentary that is currently being developed with RTE and will be ready late 2012.