‘The Pipe’ will receive a limited national theatrical release on Friday, December 3rd. The feature documentary examines the protest by Irish farmers and fisherman against Shell Oil’s decision to build a high pressure pipe for the transportation of raw gas through the town of Rossport to an inland refinery. It will screen in various locations around the country such as Galway, Dublin, Cork, Castlebar and Dungarvan amongst others.
The film, directed and shot by Risteard O’Domhnaill, depicts clashes between protestors and the Gardaí and explores the story of the five local men known as the ‘Rossport Five' who served prison sentences for their respective roles in the protest.
‘The Pipe’ received an IFTA preview screening on November 11th to great acclaim and will be released theatrically nationwide on Friday, December 3rd. Dubliners hoping to see the features wil be able to catch it in cinemas including Movies@Dundrum, Lighthouse and the IFI (where it will launch on Thursday, December 2nd). The film will show further around the country in Cork’s Gate; Galway’s Eye Cinema; Sligo’s Model cinema and in locations in Castlebar, Belmullet, Dungarvan, Rathlin Island and Gorey.
It will tour the country in the Cinemobile also, arriving in Portumna, Galway on 11th and 12th of December and Waterville in Kerry on the 19th of December. Access Cinema will also be showing the film in the Seamus Ennis Centre and for the film clubs of both Wicklow and Ranelagh.
The feature documentary had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh after which it walked away with the event’s Best Documentary award. It has screened internationally at the Toronto Film Festival and at London’s BFI festival and received rave reviews from international publications such as Variety, Screen International and Time Out London. Produced by Rachel Lysaght (Identities) and edited by Nigel O’ Regan for Scannaín Inbhear, the project was co-financed by the IFB/BSÉ and TG4.