Kildare woman's documentary will be shown in Moat on October 14

Katrina Costello's film as attracted international praise

Conor McHugh


Conor McHugh


Kildare woman's documentary will be shown in Moat on October 14

The documentary is full of stunning landscapes like this one, from Co. Clare. Photo: George Karbus

Prosperous woman Katrina Costello, whose documentary ‘The Silver Branch’ was nominated for an IFTA award, is embarking on a nationwide tour.

And the film will be shown in the Moat Theatre, Naas, on Sunday, October 14 at 7pm. 

Watch the trailer here.

She revealed that the documentary is doing very well on the International Film Festival circuit, including winning the ‘Top 10 Audience Award’ at Hot Docs, one of the most prestigious festivals in north America.

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“I am sure the Irish audience will love it too, if I can get them to the theatre to see it,” she told the Leinster Leader.

The film will be shown in eight locations around the country. The most accessible spots for Kildare audiences will be the Moat Theatre and the IFI in Dublin from Friday, October 5 for one week.

The documentary is about the man who is the owner of the house in Father Ted, and yet his story is a far more serious one than Fr Ted’s.

Ms Costello, on location

Patrick McCormack has his own fascinating story to tell and  'The Silver Branch' depicts the life and insights of this inimitable philosopher and poet and brings us a rare glimpse of a disappearing way of life with all its richness and roguery. McCormack is a fifth generation farmer in the austerely beautiful Burren in Co. Clare, longs to farm in the quiet pace his ascendants did.

He dedicates himself to “the ancestral song – the symphony of life we were born into” and has a simple wish -  to live without fear. However, his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.

Though the documentary is centred around this remarkable storyteller and his search for ‘unity of being’, this beautifully shot film  explores more universal themes.

It is a story of life, love, family, grief, of commitment and of the struggles of modern day life, which invites the viewer to follow in mindful meditation, to take a journey into the self and exam the relationship between man and landscape, between tradition and spirit, between body and soul.

A scene from the film

Actor Brendan Gleeson has describes the film as “Magical … a unique and an important cinematic gift. It is film making as it should be in Ireland today, finding the universal in the local with a sure-footedness that is most unusual.”

‘The Silver Branch’ is by first time Director/Cinematographer Katrina Costello and is at The Moat Theatre, Naas for one night only on Sunday 14th October.

Tickets are €8 and available from the Moat or 045 883030

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