The English Language doc ‘The Forgotten Maggies’ will have its Irish television premiere on TG4 on July 20th at 9.30pm. Directed and Produced by Steven O’Riordan with Ger Boland co-producing, the documentary focuses on the human rights aspect surrounding the Magdalene Laundries, including testimonies from women and an exploration of the High Park Exhumation where 155 Magdalene women were exhumed in 1993.
It was filmed in locations all over Ireland and the UK including Carlow, Wexford, Dublin, Kildare, Cork, Limerick, London and Bournemouth. Editing on the doc was completed by Ger Boland. Having been originally launched at the 2009 Galway Film Fleadh, the doc has undergone changes due to legal reasons. The doc also screened internationally at The Cantor Film Centre in New York in October 2009.
‘The Forgotten Maggies’ attempts to shed new light on the how and why innocent girls ended up in these institutions working against their will, as well as aiming to challenge the Irish Government and question the States role with regard these institutions. The Irish Times said of the doc “The Forgotten Maggies was an opportunity to “rectify” in some small way, the wrong that was visited upon these women over many years” with the Irish Independent saying “It took the persistence of documentary maker Steven O’Riordan and his team to secure justice.”
The doc was self-funded by O’Riordan and Ger Boland. It will be premiered on TG4 on Wednesday July 20th at 9.30pm. For more information and to view the trailer visit here: Magdalene Survivors Together: ‘The Forgotten Maggies’