A new documentary that tells the story of thirty Irish centenarians is on release now in Ireland.
Older Than Ireland, directed by Alex Fagan, explores each person’s journey from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland. Funny and poignant, the film’s observational shooting offers a priceless insight into the personal lives of these remarkable individuals.
It reflects on key events such as the day they got their first pair of shoes, the thrill of their first kiss, from the magic of their wedding day to the tragic loss of their loved ones.
The film has received 4 and 5 star reviews from Irish media including the Irish Times’ Donald Clarke who enjoyed how “Ireland’s oldest residents fill the screen with warmth and wisdom”. Produced by Element Pictures, the film is due to be released in the UK later this year.
Speaking of his second collaboration with Element Pictures, Fagan said, “having worked with Element Pictures Distribution with The Irish Pub, we are very excited to be working with them again on ‘Older Than Ireland’. This documentary is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture the life-story of 30 Irish centenarians, each born before 1916 and the foundation of the state. We know, working with Element, that we can reach the widest possible audience, who we are certain will be moved and inspired by the honesty and insights of these extraordinary citizens.”
In the meantime you can get a sneak peek at Ryan Tubridy’s RTE interview with two of the film’s stars and discover why this film delighted Irish audiences: Bessie (103) and Michael (101) on the Late Late show via the Older Than Ireland facebook page.