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‘The Pipe’ upcoming UK theatrical release

FROM RICHIE O DONNELL (Filmmaker): ‘The Pipe’ upcoming UK theatrical release

Documentary charting the battle between the tiny village of Rossport and the Oil Giant Shell is coming to UK screens.

Hi John,

I have a UK theatrical release coming up, see below. Would you be able to post something on your site and could you also say that we are looking for people to put on grassroots screenings, and our email is [email protected]. Thanks a million.

You can get back to me before you post it if you need any clarification etc. If you could post the trailer with the dates it would help too:
and our site has the screening details:
thanks a million, Richie (by the way have you seen it yet, send me your address and I’ll post you one)

20/05/11   Crediton Arts Centre, Devon    20:00
20/05/11   Phoenix Square Cinema, Leicester    18:15 Q&A
21/05/11    Shetlands Museum & Archive    19:30
21/05/11    Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey, London Q&A
22/05/11    Glasgow Film Theatre    12:15
22/05/11    Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, London    17:30 Q&A
25/05/11    Southampton Solent University
27/05/11    Glasgow
27-30 May    Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh Q&A (28th)
29/05/11    Dundee Contemporary Arts (Q&A)
30/05/11    Eden Court, Inverness (Q&A)
31/05/11    Belmont Theatre, Aberdeen
30/06/11    Picturehouse Cinema, Bath (Q&A)
04/06/11    Lighthouse Centre, Poole (Q&A)
07/06/11    Stratford East, London (Q&A with Paddy Briggs)
11/06/11    Seven Arts Centre, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
17/06/11    Friends of the Earth AGM, Isle of Man

‘The Pipe’ coming to cinemas in the UK

Documentary charting the battle between the tiny village of Rossport and the Oil Giant Shell is coming to UK screens. Having playing to packed houses in Toronto, New York, Boston, Amsterdam and Berlin, and won critical acclaim internationally, this controversial new documentary by first time filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill will screen at a number of selected cinemas around the UK in late May/early June.

The film follows this small fishing community in the West of Ireland, as it is torn apart by a proposed Shell pipeline which could bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations. As pressure from the Irish government and Shell mounts, five local men go to jail, the community descends into infighting over, the local headmistress goes on hunger strike and only one lone fisherman is all that stands between the worlds largest pipelaying ship – The Solitaire – and a way of life shared for generations. Variety calls the film “first rate”, Screen Daily says it is “engrossing and provocative…a fascinating and challenging film”.

Indywire: The premise is reminiscent of Bill Forsyth’s 1983 comedy “Local Hero,” in which an American oil company faces cultural clashes with the inhabitants of a Scottish village. In “Local Hero” the dynamics could be played for laughs, but in “The Pipe” the real-life stakes have dire consequences. The film plunges us into violent clashes between protesters and police. As tensions mount, the community divides over how to confront Shell. The conflict widens to draw in Catholic priests and even the Irish political leader, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

We have won the Irish Film and Television Awards, the Celtic Media Festival, CIRCOM (association of European Regional Broadcasters (300 in all), Galway International Film Fleadh (best doc), Foyle film Festival (best doc), Boston Irish Film Festival (best doc), Wurzburg Film Festival & Arizona Film Festival (best doc), International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (honorable mention).

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