One Million Dubliners

An award-winning feature documentary on life and death at Glasnevin Cemetery.

 

"Every plot tells a story"

Underground Films

Myself and Ray Harman wrote the score to this multi-award-winning feature documentary on life and death in Glasnevin cemetery. It's a film like no other - its characters are fascinating, profound and charming, none more so than the enigmatic tour guide, Shane MacThomáis. The narrative deftly steers us through the cemetery's history, the who's who of Irish history buried there, and the personal stories of people who work there and people who visit graves for all sorts of reasons.  

The score was integral to capturing the warm spirit of the place, and Aoife's vision for it was that it would sound not just Irish, but of Dublin - using traditional instruments in a contemporary way. Myself and Ray collaborated on the major themes, wrote some pieces individually and then brought it all together. The score features beautiful violin & viola by Ken Rice, ethereal cello by Kevin Murphy and a haunting vocal performance on our version of The Night Visiting Song from Diane Anglim.

Director Aoife Kelleher
Producer Rachel Lysaght
Editor Emer Reynolds
Director of Photography Cathal Watters
Composers Hugh Rodgers & Ray Harman

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The Irish Times

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RTÉ ten

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Scannáin

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The Irish Independent

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The Sunday Times

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Tri-City Herald

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The Irish Daily Star

 

    AWARDS

    • Winner Silver World Medal: New York Festivals Awards World’s Best TV & Films, USA April 2016
    • Silver Award, Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, USA December 2015
    • Best Feature Documentary, Sky Road Film Festival, Ireland October 2015
    • TV Award, Sandford Saint Martin Trust, UK May 2015
    • Best Editing Award (Emer Reynolds), Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA), Ireland May 2015
    • Director’s Choice Award, Irish Film Festival, Boston, USA March 2015
    • Best Irish Film of 2014, The Irish Times, Ireland December 2014
    • Best Irish Feature Documentary Film, Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland July 2014