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Feature Film ‘Limbo’ from Gerard Barrett to have World Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh
27 Jun 2017 :
The title will screen 1t 6pm on Saturday July 15th, Galway Film Fleadh at 6pm in the Town Hall. ‘Limbo’ was written and directed by Barrett, who also co-produced with Grainne O’Sullivan.

The film tells the intimate story of a mother and daughter in Ireland as they battle homelessness in emergency accommodation over 24 hours.

Gerard Barrett, Writer/Director:
“The main reason I brought LIMBO to life was to humanise the homeless statistics. We are constantly reading or hearing these statistics across the media on a daily basis. Thousands upon thousands of adults and children are living in emergency accommodation all across the country. It all becomes overwhelming at times and we end up becoming numb to the statistics. I wanted to humanise the statistics and focus on one person battling homelessness in emergency accommodation and allow us live in their world for the duration of the film. If we have achieved anything with the film, I hope we humanised the crisis a little bit more and we understand the situation more.”

Barrett says from his research and spending time with people that are currently homeless and living in emergency accommodation, he found that no story was the same.

“Every story is different. A lot of these people have jobs and have money in their pockets and in their bank accounts. They just cannot afford to rent in the current inflated rental market, not to mind even dream of buying a home. They are being priced out of a home on so many levels all across the country. Not only in Dublin, but in all the other cities and bigger towns. One person I spoke with was renting an apartment for €600 a month two years ago. That apartment is now rented for €1,300 a month. So they really find themselves in this Limbo state where they are stuck and going around in circles. Their day really becomes about finding a bed to sleep in for the following night, while also trying to raise a family, work and have a sense of normality in their daily lives, while living in Hotels and B&B’s, if they are lucky. Some live between Hotels, B&B’s and Homeless Shelters.”

“When we shot the film, there was around 2,000 children living in emergency accommodation. Right now there are nearly 2,500 living in emergency accommodation, and that is in the space of a few months. So it seems to be going one way which is very sad and very disappointing from the Government and their promises to have everyone out of emergency accommodation by July.”

Barrett’s previous work in Ireland has focused on other social issues including the acclaimed and international award-winning films, ‘Pilgrim Hill’ about rural isolation, ‘Glassland’ that starred Jack Reynor, Toni Collette and Will Poulter about addiction and the critically acclaimed television mini series ‘Smalltown’ that starred Pat Shortt about emigration and losing a family member to illness. Barrett last week sold ‘Honey.’ a television drama set in the world of corporate espionage, to FX and FOX in America.

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