Our Unfenced Country to Premiere in Chicago

Niamh Heery’s RTE/ Galway Film Centre Short film Our Unfenced Country will have it’s premiere in Chicago. It has been selected for the 15th Chicago Irish Film Festival 2014, and will screen on 8 March.

OUR UNFENCED COUNTRY is the recipient of the RTÉ/Galway Film Centre Short Film Award 2013. Written and Directed by Niamh Heery and produced by Eric Dolan of SwanSong Films, the film stars Róisín Murphy (What Richard Did) and Pascal Scott (Grabbers, Killinaskully).

The film tells the story of Edward, an elderly bog railway worker who is in love with the myth and literature of the bog. Shauna, a bright, tough and stubborn young woman starts work as his new Prison Release Apprentice. Working on the narrow gauge railways that lie on the expansive, historic bogs of Ireland, and trying to traverse the rough terrain of such an unlikely friendship, Shauna and Edward begin to realise that to find a future they must get over their respective pasts.

Our Unfenced Country takes its title from a Seamus Heaney poem, Bogland. The project was filmed during September 2013 in some of Offay’s most attractive and unique locations in the Bord na Mona railway works, Boora, Derrinlough Briquette Factory and Clongawney Bog. Post- production was completed in December 2013 at Windmill Lane, Dublin.

Also starring: Conor Lambert, Ignacy Rybarczyk, Janine Hardy Cinematography by Kevin Minogue Music by Dennis Cassidy Second Camera: Sean McGrail
Camera Assistants: Tom Ryan, Cian Moynan Sound Recordist: Joe Dolan Boom Op: Dave Dolan Make Up: Derval Curran