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Tile Films' Award-Winning Doc 'Aerial Ireland' to Air on the Smithsonian Channel over St. Patrick's Weekend
15 Mar 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Tile Film’s fascinating and revealing feature doc ‘Aerial Ireland’, will be available to Irish and UK views on the Smithsonian Channel with seven separate TX dates scheduled over St. Patrick’s Weekend.

‘Aerial Ireland’ is a fascinating and revealing story of Ireland: its geology, natural terrain, human history and built environment as seen from above. Using the latest drone technology, this stunning documentary film presents viewers with a spectacular overview of Western Europe’s most beautiful and historically significant island – Ireland.

Over the St. Patrick’s bank holiday weekend, the Smithsonian Channel will screen the film no less than seven times. The first transmission is on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March at 10pm followed by repeat transmissions at: 1am, 4am and 11am. It will also air at 6pm on Monday 18th March and 8am and 2pm on Tuesday 19th March.

The Smithsonian Channel launched in the UK and Ireland in February 2019 and is available on Virgin (Channel 295), Sky (Channel 195), Freesat (Channel 175) and Freeview (Channel 99).

Anyone interested in Ireland should make sure to watch this film, which reveals the primeval landscapes forged by the retreating glaciers of the Ice Age, the Neolithic tombs and prehistoric forts of the Celtic era, the glorious architecture of the early Celtic church, the medieval towns and castles of the Viking and Anglo-Norman eras and the bustle and hum of modern cities in the information age. This film is a story and a landscape seen from an entirely new and uniquely revealing perspective.

When asked about his filming highlight on the project, producer/director Stephen Rooke of Tile Films told IFTN:

 “A particular highlight for me was filming at Skellig Michael, not only is it a unique medieval monastic site, but also it’s now known to millions of Star Wars fans as Luke Skywalker’s hermitage. Getting a bird’s eye view of it with the drone was absolutely spectacular.”

‘Aerial Ireland’ presents the island of Ireland as never seen before – an unparalleled flight from geological and natural prehistory through 12,000 years of human habitation on this unique gem of Western Europe.

The film is directed and produced by award winning filmmaker Stephen Rooke of Tile Films (‘Sacred Sites’, ‘Waterways’, and ‘Saving the Titanic’). Colm Hogan was Director of Photography and Roman Bugovskiy was drone operator. Drone filming in Northern Ireland was conducted by Sam Donaghy Bell and Luke Donaghy Bell of Cine Media. The film was edited by Mairead McIvor and sound mixing was conducted by Killian Fitzgerald of Avatar Audio Post Production. Post production was provided by Outer Limits with Eugene McCrystal as colorist / online editor and Andy Clarke and Kevin O’Brien in charge of VFX. Music was composed by Giles Packham, with narration script by Niall Murphy. David Ryan, Tile Films Head of Development was in charge of the research team. The narrator is Eric Myers. Maggie Fagan was production manager.

‘Aerial Ireland’ was produced by Tile Films for the Smithsonian Channel. Stephen Rooke was executive producer for Tile Films, while David Royle and Charles Poe were executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

The first transmission is on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March at 10pm followed by repeat transmissions at: 1am, 4am and 11am.

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