Abú Media has entered pre-production on its six-part documentary ‘Croí an Cheantair’. The Irish culture documentary will begin shooting in the first week of August. It will look at the social history and the impact a specific industry has had on communities and towns throughout Ireland in the last 80 years.
Six industries, consisting of Ranks Flour Mills in Limerick; Castlecomer Mines in Kilkenny; Tuam Sugar Factory in Galway; Ford Marina in Cork, Beamish & Crawford Brewery in Cork and Gaeltarra Knitwear in Mayo, will be the focus of ‘Croí an Cheantair’. Shooting will also take place in Dublin where a number of interviewees will discuss their experiences in the various different industries.
Eileen Seoighe (Garraí Glas) will produce for Abú Media, with Rossa Ó Siordáin (A Rose to India) directing. Colm Hogan (John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man) is the director of photography, and Bob Brennan will look after the sound. Abú Media will take care of post-production in-house.
The Galway-based production house received €175,000 in BAI funding for the project earlier this year, which was 85 per cent of its €205,000 budget. Irish-language broadcaster TG4 also contributed funding, and will air six 25-minute episodes in 2013.